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Register and Report Lobbyists and Lobbying Principals

RNC Operational Updates for Monday, July 15, through Friday, July 19

The Milwaukee County Courthouse will remain open during the Republican National Convention (RNC). All court operations (Civil and Family Filings, Restraining Orders, Probate, In Custody Intake Court, Preliminary Hearings) will be operating at Vel Phillips Juvenile Justice Center (10201 W. Watertown Plank Rd. Wauwatosa, WI.) For more information about how other Milwaukee County services and operations will be impacted during the RNC, visit Milwaukee County's RNC updates webpage.  

Who Needs to Register and Report

All persons paid to engage in the practice of attempting to influence legislative or administrative action through communication with any county official and all organizations that employ a lobbyist to influence county government must register with the County Clerk. The purpose of registration is to let the citizens of Milwaukee County know who seeks to influence the actions of their county government and to provide county officials and the public with information regarding those who seek to influence the development of county policy.

To preserve the integrity of the policy making process, it is necessary to regulate and publicly disclose the identity, expenditures and activities of persons who hire others or who are hired to influence actions of the legislative and executive branches of county government. Therefore, principals and lobbyists are required to register and provide information to be maintained as a public record.

Lobbyist and Principal Registrations Reports

Lobbyist and principal registration information is available to the public in the Office of the County Clerk.

2024 Second Quarter Report

2024 First Quarter Report

2023 Final Report

2022 Final Report

2021 Final Report

2020 Final Report

2019 Final Report

2018 Final Report

2017 Final Report

Lobbying Principals Expenditure Reports

Lobbying principals are required to file expense reports biannually with the County Clerk. These reports identify the amount of expenditures by category and the activities of each lobbyist. The reports are available to the public in the Office of the County Clerk.

2023 Lobbying Expenditures

2022 Lobbying Expenditures

2021 Lobbying Expenditures

2020 Lobbying Expenditures

2019 Lobbying Expenditures

2018 Lobbying Expenditures

2017 Lobbying Expenditures

How to Register and Report

The principal and lobbyist(s) must register and report all expenditures made on behalf of lobbying efforts.


Principals: Complete the Principals Registration Form and Authorization for Lobbyist Form

Lobbyists: Complete the Lobbyist Registration Form

Report Expenditures

All expenditures must be reported within 30 days after the reporting period.

January 1 through June 30: Filing Deadline is July 31

July 1 through December 31: Filing Deadline is Jan. 31

Types of expenses that must be reported:

  • Pro rata compensation to lobbyist(s) and to the principal or officers or employees of the principal for lobbying or expenses
  • Expenditures and obligations incurred in preparing for lobbying
  • A reasonable estimate of lobbying expenditures and obligations incurred for conducting, compiling or preparing research, information, statistics, studies or analyses in lobbying
  • Lobbying expenditures and obligations incurred for paid advertising and any other activities conducted for the purpose of urging members of the general public to attempt to influence legislative or administrative action

Registration and Reporting Forms

The following forms are required to be submitted by lobbyists and lobbying principals.

Lobbyist Authorization Form

Lobbyist Registration Form

Principal Registration Form

Principal Expense Form - $1,000 or More

Principal Expense Form - Less Than $1,000

Lobbyist Termination Form

Principal Termination Form



For filing deadlines, fees, expiration dates and other information:

Milwaukee County General Ordinances, Chapter 14

Regulations of Lobbying

For answers to commonly asked questions about lobbying

Lobbying Manual

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