DOCUMENTS INCLUDED IN CANDIDATE PACKET
1. BALLOT ACCESS CHECKLIST ELIS-7 (Rev 09/18)
2. TYPE A NOTICE OF SPRING ELECTION
3. ALDER & MAYORAL CANDIDATE INFORMATION
4. CAMPAIGN REGISTRATION STATEMENT CF-1 (Rev 11/18)
5. DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY EL-162
6. CANDIDATE INFORMATION SHEET (contact information)
7. NOMINATION PAPERS EL-169 (Rev 10/19)
8. CAMPAIGN FINANCE OVERVIEW FOR LOCAL CANDIDATES
(Rev 03/16)
9. CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORT DATES
10. CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHECKLIST – ETIS-8 (Rev 5/19)
11. CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORT LOCAL COMMITTEES - ETHCF-2L
(Rev 01/16)
12. CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORT SHORT FORM –CF-2Na
(Rev 01/18)
CITY OF FITCHBURG ALDERMANIC DISTRICT & WARD MAP – visit the City’s
website: http://www.fitchburgwi.gov/210/City-Map-Gallery
BALLOT ACCESS CHECKLIST
FOR 2020 MUNICIPAL CANDIDATES
WHERE NOMINATION PAPERS ARE USED
Each of the following forms must be completed and filed on time by a candidate for municipal office in order for the
candidate’s name to be placed on the ballot at the February 18, 2020 Spring Primary and the April 7, 2020
Spring Election.
In the City of Milwaukee, the filing officer is the Milwaukee City Election Commission. In all other municipalities, the
filing officer is the municipal clerk. Candidates should contact their filing officer for further information or to obtain
any of the necessary forms.
Complete and Submit a Registration Statement (Form CF-1) to the filing officer no later than
5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 or the candidate’s name will not be placed on the ballot. If the
form is faxed or emailed, the original document must follow postmarked no later than January 7, 2020.
Wis. Stat. §§ 8.10(5), 8.30(2), Wis. Admin. Code EL § 6.04.
New Candidates
File a campaign registration statement before campaign funds are collected or spent or before submitting
nomination papers. Wis. Stat. §§ 11.0202(1)(a),11.0101(1).
Continuing Candidates
Amend your current registration, indicating the office sought and the new primary and election dates
before funds are collected or spent or before submitting nomination papers. Wis. Stat. §§11.0202(1)(a),
11.0101(1).
Complete and Submit a Declaration of Candidacy (Form EL-162) to the filing officer no later than 5 p.m.
on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 or the candidate’s name will not be placed on the ballot. If the form is faxed
or emailed, the original document must follow, postmarked no later than January 7, 2020.
Wis. Stat. §§ 8.10(5), 8.21, 8.30(4), Wis. Admin. Code EL § 6.04.
Circulate and Submit Nomination Papers for Nonpartisan Office (Form EL-169) to the filing officer no
later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 or the candidate’s name will not be placed on the ballot.
Only original nomination papers (no photocopies, faxes, or emailed documents) will be accepted.
Nomination papers may not be circulated before December 1, 2019. Wis. Stat. § 8.10(2),
Wis. Admin. Code EL § 6.04(2).
The number of signatures required is as follows:
All village and town offices: 20 - 100
1
st
Class Cities: Citywide offices 1,500 - 3,000
Alderperson elected to district 200 - 400
2
nd
and 3
rd
Class Cities: Citywide offices 200 - 400
Alderperson elected at large 100 - 200
Alderperson elected to district 20 - 40
4
th
Class Cities: Citywide offices 50 - 100
Alderperson elected to district 20 - 40
Municipal Judge Candidates:
Complete and submit a Statement of Economic Interests (SEI) to the Ethics Commission using the
website (https://sei.wi.gov). Faxed or emailed forms are also acceptable. The SEI must be received no
later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2020, or the candidate’s name will not appear on the ballot.
Wis. Stat. §§ 8.10(5), 8.30(3), 19.43(4). Candidates may print the Statement of Economic Interests form
and instructions from the Ethics Commission website (https://sei.wi.gov). For more information regarding
Statements of Economic Interests, please contact the Ethics Commission at 608-266-8123 or
ethics@wi.gov.
Important Note Regarding Statements of Economic Interests:
A municipality may enact an ordinance establishing a code of ethics for public officials that may require a
candidate for municipal office, in addition to the office of Municipal Judge, to file a Statement of Economic
Interests (SEI). The ordinance may also provide that failure to timely file a Statement of Economic Interests
will prevent the candidate’s name from being placed on the ballot. Wis. Stat. § 19.59(1m),(3)(b). Please
contact the filing officer to learn if this requirement applies to you.
ELIS-7 | Rev 2019-06 | Wisconsin Elections Commission, 212 E. Washington Ave., 3
rd
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NOTICE OF SPRING ELECTION
CITY OF FITCHBURG
APRIL 7, 2020
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that an election will be held in the City of Fitchburg, on Tuesday,
April 7, 2020; the following offices are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed.
The term for mayor and alderperson begins on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
In April 2020, these alder seats will be elected for a two year term. The Mayoral seat will be
elected for a three year term.
Office Incumbent Term Length
Mayor Aaron Richardson 3 year
Alderperson, District #1, Seat #2 Anne Scott 2 year
Alderperson, District #2, Seat #4 Daniel Bahr 2 year
Alderperson, District #3, Seat #6 Shannon Strassman 2 year
Alderperson, District #4, Seat #8 Janell Rice 2 year
Information concerning aldermanic district boundaries may be obtained by contacting the City of
Fitchburg, 5520 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI. (608) 270-4200.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that the first day to circulate nomination papers is December 1,
2019, and the final day for filing nomination papers is 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 7, 2020,
in the office of the City Clerk.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that if a primary is necessary, the primary will be held on
Tuesday, February 18, 2020.
Acceptable Photo ID will be required to vote at this election. If you do not have a
photo ID, you may obtain a free ID for voting from the Division of Motor Vehicles.
Published: November 26, 2019 (WSJ)
City of Fitchburg
Tracy Oldenburg, City Clerk
As a candidate for municipal office, you may find the following guidelines helpful as you
prepare for the 2020 Spring Election. These guidelines identify the main steps to qualify for
placement on the ballot.
You are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the election and campaign finance
requirements that apply to your campaign, which you may obtain from either the Wisconsin
Statutes, or from your private attorney. In addition, you may obtain general information
about the election from the City of Fitchburg website or from the Wisconsin Elections
Commission and/or the Wisconsin Ethics Commission. Keep in mind that the information
you receive may not be interpreted as legal advice or a release from your responsibility to
comply with the law.
Important Dates
December 1, 2019 First day to circulate nomination papers
December 27, 2019
5 p.m. deadline for incumbents not seeking re-election to file
Notice of Non- Candidacy (EL-163) (2
nd
Friday before the deadline
for filing nomination papers - January 7, 2020)
January 7, 2020 All papers and forms due in Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m.
January 29, 2020 Last day for voter to register by mail (if primary required)
February 13, 2020
5 p.m. deadline for voters to request absentee ballot by mail for
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Spring
Pri
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February 18, 2020 Spring Primary, if needed
March 18, 2020 Last day for voter to register by mail for Spring Election
April 2, 2020
5 p.m. deadline for voters to request absentee ballot by mail for
the Spring Election
April 7, 2020 Spring Election
Necessary Forms
The following forms must be completed and filed by 5 p.m. on January 7 in order for the
candidate’s name to be placed on the ballot for the Spring Primary and/or the Spring
General Election:
Campaign Registration Statement – ETHCF-1
Declaration of Candidacy – EL162
Nomination Papers EL169
Municipal Alder and
Mayoral Candidates
2020
Campaign Registration Statement, Form ETHCF-1
This form shall be filed with the City Clerk’s Office as soon as intent to seek elective office is
known and before funds are collected or spent – see State Statute §11.0202(1)(a) and
§11.0202(2)(a). Continuing candidates must file an amended campaign registration
statement indicating the office sought and the new primary and election dates. The
campaign registration statement must be signed by both the candidate and the
campaign treasurer, if a treasurer has been appointed.
Declaration of Candidacy, Form EL-162
The declaration of candidacy must include the candidate’s name in the form it is to appear
on the official ballot. A candidate may use his or her full legal name or any combination of
first name, middle name, initials, or nickname with last name. No abbreviations or titles are
permitted.
A nickname is defined as a familiar or shortened form of a proper name by which an
individual is commonly known. Names that are not familiar or shortened forms of proper
names, such as “Red,” “Skip,” or “Lower Taxes” are not permitted. A nickname is a substitute
for the candidate’s legal name. It is not permissible to add the nickname in quotes between
the first and last name. For example, John “Jack” Jones is not acceptable, but Jack Jones is
acceptable.
Nomination Papers
The first day for circulating nomination papers is December 1, and the deadline for filing
nomination papers is 5 p.m. on the first Tuesday in January. This deadline is extended to the
first Wednesday in January if the first Tuesday of January is a holiday Wis. Stat. §§ 8.10(5), 8.21,
8.30(4), Wis. Admin. Code EL § 6.04.
Signatures of qualified electors on nomination papers must be obtained between the dates
of December 1, 2019, and 5 p.m. on January 7, 2020. Please pay careful attention to the
signatures you obtain on your nomination papers. All electors signing your nomination
papers must live within your district. If you are running for Mayor or Municipal Judge, all
electors signing your nomination papers must live within the city limits. Those signing do not
need to be registered voters, but must be eligible to vote.
Signers must give their complete address (house number, street and municipality – no Post
Office boxes), and must list the municipality of residence. Signers must date their signature,
including the year. Although the person signing the nomination papers must reside within
the district, the person circulating the nomination papers does not need to live in the
municipality.
Circulators are only required to be U.S. citizens, age 18 or older on the date of circulation,
and not otherwise disqualified as an elector by the provisions in Wis. Stat. §§ 6.03. The
circulator must certify the nomination papers after obtaining the signatures. Signatures
dated after the date listed by the circulator will not be counted. Nomination papers must
be numbered. You may determine whether an address is in your district by checking
online: https://MyVote.wi.gov.
Signatures Required
Office Minimum Maximum Wisconsin State Statute
Alderperson 20 40 §8.10(3)(K)
Mayor 50 100 §8.10(3)(K)
Following the submittal of all of the above forms to the City Clerk’s Office, the forms will be
checked for validity. You are strongly urged to obtain more than the minimum number of
signatures required for ballot status, in case a deficiency is found with some signatures.
For each election candidates’ names are drawn by lot for order placement on the ballot.
If a potential candidate does not submit all necessary forms and an adequate number of
nomination signatures by 5 p.m. on January 7, 2020, his or her name will not be placed on
the ballot.
Notification of Non-Candidacy, Form EL163
The notification of non-candidacy form is to notify the City Clerk’s Office and the electorate
of an incumbent officeholder’s intent to not seek re-election to the same office. Incumbent
office holders who do not intend to seek re-election to the same office should file the
notification of non-candidacy no later than 5 p.m. on December 27, 2019. If an incumbent
not seeking re-election files the notification timely, the nomination paper deadline is
unchanged. If the incumbent has a change of mind after filing the notification of non-
candidacy, he or she can run for re-election by filing the appropriate ballot access papers
by January 7, 2020.
Write-In Candidates
If you seek municipal office as a write-in candidate, you should keep the following points in
mind:
Download your campaign registration statement from the Wisconsin Election Commission
and/or Wisconsin Ethics Commission websites at any time.
File your campaign registration statement with the City Clerk’s Office as soon as you
decide to become a write-in candidate for the municipal office.
Educate supporters to write your name on the write-in portion of the ballot, under the
proper position.
All forms are filed with the City Clerk’s Office
City of Fitchburg
5520 Lacy Road
Fitchburg, WI 53711
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday Phone: 270-4200
Questions may be emailed to clerk@fitchburgwi.gov
Campaign Finance Chapter §11 of the Wisconsin Statutes
The campaign finance report (for total contributions of $2,000 or more) is available on the
Wisconsin Ethics Commission website and is provided to candidates in the packet or upon
request, by the City Clerk’s Office.
Candidates are required to file periodic campaign finance reports on the dates listed below.
Candidates for local office whose names do not appear on the primary ballot are not
required to file a pre-primary report.
2020 Election Dates:
Spring Primary, February 18, 2020 Spring Election, April 7, 2020
2020 Reports Filing Deadline Reporting Period
Spring Pre-Primary February 10, 2020 1/1/20 thru 2/3/20
Spring Pre-Election March 30, 2020 2/4/20, or the date of your
last report thru 3/23/20
July Continuing July 15, 2020 3/24/20, or the date of your
last report thru 6/30/20
January Continuing January 15, 2021 7/1/20 thru 12/31/20
Eligibility for Exemption
Committees may be eligible for an exemption from filing campaign finance reports if
campaign finance activity is low enough to meet the following criteria:
The committee anticipates that it will not accept contributions, OR make disbursements,
incur loans and other obligations in an aggregate amount exceeding $2,000 in a
calendar year.
The candidate or treasurer must sign and date the request for exemption on the
campaign registration statement (ETHCF-1) or exemption reverification (ETHCF-14). An
indication of limited activity (exemption) under this section is effective only for the
calendar year in which it is granted. The candidate’s contributions do count toward the
total receipts of $2,000 or less in a calendar year.
If a candidate committee wishes to renew its exempt status, it should file the ETHCF-14 or
a new ETHCF-1. Candidates on the ballot may claim an exemption when they first
register, or renew their exemption from the previous calendar year. HOWEVER, a
candidate on the ballot in that calendar year, who did not previously claim the
exemption, may not amend her/his registration to claim the exemption before the date
of her/his election.
Financial Records Kept During Exemption
When a committee is exempt, it is not required to file any campaign finance reports (ETHCF-
2L or CF-2Na). However, the candidate or treasurer is required to keep financial records
adequate to meet the requirements of campaign finance law. Records must be kept of all
contributions to the committee and of all expenditures.
A candidate who is exempt from filing campaign finance reports may use a personal
account as the campaign depository. The name and address of the financial institution must
be provided on the ETHCF-1.
Revoking Exemption
If a decision is made at a later date to exceed the $2,000 limit on contributions or
disbursements, the committee must amend its campaign registration statement immediately,
by checking the box: “This registrant is no longer eligible to claim exemption” on either the
ETHCF-1 or ETHCF-14.
The committee is then required to file campaign finance reports beginning with the next
regular report. The first report must cover all financial activity from January 1 of the current
year, through the cutoff date of the required report.
Contribution Limits
All candidates running for elected office must abide by contribution limits that vary
depending on the office sought and the population of the district. The only contributors not
subject to limits are the candidate contributing to his or her own election, and political party
committees. To determine the limits for a candidate for local office, see the guidelines below.
Contribution limitations apply cumulatively to the entire primary and election campaign in
which the candidate participates, whether or not there is a contested primary election.
O
ffice
D
istrict Population
(2
010 Census)
I
ndividual Limit
Candidate
C
ommittee Limit
P
olitical Action
C
ommittee Limit
Ald. District 1 6,485 $500 $500 $500
Ald. District 2 6,318 $500 $500 $500
Ald. District 3 6,307 $500 $500 $500
Ald. District 4 6,150 $500 $500 $500
Mayor
25,260 $505 $500 $505
In-Kind Contributions
An in-kind contribution is any good, service or property offered to the candidate’s campaign
free of charge or at less than the usual cost for such goods, services or property. For example,
if a campaign worker purchases stamps that are used for a mailing and is not reimbursed for
the cost of the stamps, the value of the stamps is an in-kind contribution to the candidate’s
campaign from that campaign worker. When an individual is paid to work on behalf of a
candidate by a political committee or some other person, the payment for those services is
an in-kind contribution to the candidate’s campaign. If a political committee or individual
offers to provide food and beverages for a fundraiser at less than the ordinary market price,
the difference between the ordinary market price and the cost to the campaign is an in-kind
contribution from the political committee or individual.
The candidate or campaign treasurer must agree to accept an in-kind contribution before it
is given. Before making an in-kind contribution to a candidate, the contributor is required to
notify an authorized person from the candidate’s campaign and obtain either oral or written
consent to the contribution. If the contributor does not know the actual value of the
contribution, a good faith and reasonable estimate of the fair market value should be
provided.
An in-kind contribution received by the campaign committee is reported by the committee
as both a receipt and expenditure. This procedure allows the campaign to disclose the
receipt of the contribution on its campaign finance report along with cash contributions
received and track year to date and campaign period totals. Then, in order to keep the
committee’s cash balance accurate, the amount of the in-kind is reported as an
expenditure. The two entries offset each other and do not affect the cash balance.
If an estimate of the value of an in-kind contribution is the only value available at the time the
candidate is required to file a report, the committee must report the estimated value of the
contribution. When the actual value of the estimated in-kind contribution is known, the actual
amount is reported as a contribution and an expenditure on the campaign finance report.
In-kind contributions are subject to the same itemization thresholds and the same contribution
limits as cash contributions. Cash contributions and in-kind contributions from a single
contributor are added together for the purposes of determining compliance with contribution
limits and the year-to-date amount for a specific contributor. When a political
communication is provided as an in-kind contribution, the disclaimer must identify the
committee receiving the contribution.
Contributions and Other Income from Businesses
Businesses may make contributions under some circumstances, but the rules vary by the type
of business.
1. Corporations may not contribute to local or state candidates in the State of Wisconsin.
2. Sole-proprietorships may contribute. The contribution must be reported under the name
of the individual owner. This contribution counts toward the contribution limits from that
individual to the candidate.
3. Partnerships may contribute. The contribution must be reported under the names of the
individual partners. The partnership may agree beforehand on how to allocate a
portion of the contribution to each partner. If the partnership does not inform the
candidate how the contribution should be allocated between the partners, then the
contribution should be divided up according to each partner’s share of the
partnership’s profits.
4. LLCs that are taxed as corporations may not contribute to local or state candidates in
the State of Wisconsin.
5. LLCs taxed as a sole-proprietorship or partnership may contribute. The contribution must
be reported under the name(s) of the individual owner(s). If there is more than one
owner, contributions should be allocated as described in the partnership section
above.
Occasionally, a candidate committee may receive other income, like interest on a savings or
checking account, or a refund of a security deposit, from a business. This other income is not
a contribution, and may be accepted from any type of business. The income should be
reported on Schedule 1-C (Other Income), rather than Schedule 1-A, where contributions are
reported.
Prohibited Contributions
Certain contributions are prohibited by Wisconsin law. A candidate’s campaign may not
accept the following types of contributions:
1. Anonymous contributions of more than $10;
2. Contributions in cash of more than $100;
3. Contributions given in the name of someone other than the contributor (these are
laundered contributions);
4. Contributions from corporations, labor organizations or federally recognized American
Indian Tribes;
5. Contributions in excess of the limits set by law
A candidate should monitor contributions from organizations that have not registered. If the
candidate’s campaign is notified that a contribution was received from an unregistered
organization, the candidate should ensure that the contribution is lawful, and not accept any
additional contributions from that organization if the committee cannot determine whether
the contribution is lawful.
Returned Contributions
Any contribution you return to the donor after depositing it in the campaign account must be
reported as a returned contribution to the contributor. Any contribution returned to the donor
uncashed within 15 days of receipt has not been accepted and does not get reported.
Contributions Transferred through Conduits
A conduit is any individual, committee or group that receives contributions from individuals,
deposits those contributions in a financial institution, and then transfers the contributions to a
committee selected by the original contributor. The conduit may not exercise any discretion
over the amount or ultimate recipient of the contributions. A conduit is required to register
with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission.
When a conduit transfers contributions, it writes a single check for the total amount of all
individual contributions designated for that committee. It is required to provide a transmittal
letter with the check. This letter must identify the organization as a conduit, and list the
individual contributors, the amount of each individual’s contribution, and the date the
individual authorized their contribution (see Wis. Admin. Code GAB § 1.855).
Contributions transferred through conduits are reported as contributions received from the
individuals listed in the transmittal letter. These contributions are reported under the
individual’s name. They are subject to itemization on the same basis as other individual
contributions.
Obligations
“Obligation” means any express agreement to make a disbursement, including all of the
following:
(a) A loan or loan guarantee.
(b) A promise or a payment to purchase, rent, or lease tangible personal property.
(c) A promise or a payment for a service that has been or will be performed.
ATTRIBUTION STATEMENTS ON POLITICAL LITERATURE (DISCLAIMERS)
Disclaimers
No disbursement by candidate committees may be made anonymously, and no contribution
or disbursement may be made in a fictitious name or by one person or organization in the
name of another.
(a) Every printed advertisement, billboard, handbill, sample ballot, television or radio
advertisement, or other communication containing express advocacy which is paid for
by any contribution or disbursement shall clearly identify its source.
(b) Every communication described under par. (a) the cost of which is paid for or
reimbursed by a committee, or for which a committee assumes responsibility, whether
by accepting a contribution or making a disbursement, shall identify its source by the
words "Paid for by" followed by the name of the committee making the payment or
reimbursement or assuming responsibility for the communication and may include the
name of the treasurer or other authorized agent of the committee.
Attribution statements do not apply to communications containing express advocacy printed
on small items, which would normally require a disclaimer, but cannot be conveniently
printed, including text messages, social media communications, and certain small
advertisements on mobile phones.
Formats for Disclaimers
When a communication is paid for by a candidate committee, the disclaimer must include
the words “Paid for by”, followed by the name of the committee:
“Paid for by Friends of Mary Smith.”
The disclaimer may also include the name of the treasurer or other authorized agent:
“Paid for by Friends of Mary Smith, James Jones, Treasurer.”
Campaign Signs
It is a violation of Fitchburg’s sign ordinance to place campaign signs in the public right-of-
way. The public right-of-way includes the street and the terrace (area between the sidewalk
and the street). Signs should not be placed in the median strip of boulevards or displayed on
posts, trees, or other supports in any public street.
Political signs and posters: Any public election or referenda sign may be displayed during an
election campaign period. In a residential district such signs may not exceed 11 square feet. A
political sign may not have an electrical, mechanical or audio auxiliary which is determined to
be a public nuisance under city ordinance chapter 14, pertaining to offenses against public
policy. No political sign shall be placed so as to jeopardize traffic or pedestrian safety. Persons
or committees authorizing the distribution or posting of campaign materials, as well as the
owner of the premises on which the sign is displayed, shall be responsible for compliance with
this chapter. The term "election campaign period" as used in this subsection has the meaning
set forth in Wis. Stats. § 12.04(1) (a).
Election Day Campaign Restrictions Wisconsin Statutes§ 12.03 & 12.04
State Statute §12.03 prohibits electioneering on public property within 100 feet of an
entrance to a building containing a polling place, or engaging in any activity that disrupts
voting or interferes with the orderly conduct of the election. This prohibition does not apply
to electioneering on private property within 100 feet of an entrance to a polling place.
The placement of election signs on private property within the 100-foot radius is permissible.
According to State Statute §12.04(2), any individual may place a sign containing a
political message upon residential property owned or occupied by that individual during
an election campaign period.
Election Observers
Any member of the public other than a candidate may be present at any polling place for
the purpose of observing an election. Observers must register with the Chief Inspector.
Observers may not address the voters or interfere with the election process. Observers may
not wear campaign buttons or campaign shirts, and are not permitted to hand out
campaign literature within the polling place. Electioneering is prohibited within 100 feet of
any entrance to a building containing a polling place.
Candidates may not hang out at a polling place where their name is on the ballot, even if
they are unopposed.
The Chief Inspector will provide only one warning to election observers who engage in loud,
boisterous, or disruptive behavior that, in the opinion of the Chief Inspector, threatens the
orderly conduct of the election or interferes with the voting process. If the observer does not
cease the offending conduct, the Chief Inspector will instruct the observer to leave the
polling place. If the observer refuses to leave, the Chief Inspector will call the police to have
the observer removed from the polling place.
Voter Lists
Lists of voters and lists of absentee ballot requestors can be obtained from the Wisconsin
Elections Commission. Contact the Wisconsin Elections Commission at 266-8005 if you wish
to purchase a voter list.
Helpful Online
Resou
r
ces
Forms and additional elected official information may be found on the City
of Fitchburg’s Common Council Resource Page:
http://www.fitchburgwi.gov/DocumentCenter/View/9442
City Clerk’s Office: clerk@fitchburgwi.gov
Wisconsin Elections Commission: https://elections.wi.gov/
Wisconsin Ethics Commission: http://ethics.wi.gov
My Vote WI: https://MyVote.wi.gov
Form: CF-1 (Rev. 11/2018) Prescribed by: STATE OF WISCONSIN, Ethics Commission
Note: An amended registration statement must be filed within 10 days of any changes in information.
1. Is this an Amendment? No Yes If yes, please enter your committee number:
Committee Number
Other Officers (Optional)
Independent and local non-partisan candidates: Indicate by an asterisk (*) which officers are authorized to fill a vacancy in nomination due to death of candidate.
A21. Name A22. Title A23. Email A24. Phone
A25. Name A26. Title A27. Email A28. Phone
Treasurer/Administrator Information
A14. Name A15. Email A16. Phone
A17. Mailing Address A18. City A19. State A20. Zip
Depository Institution Information
A9. Institution Name A10. Street Address A11. City A12. State A13. Zip
SECTION A: GENERAL INFORMATION
A2. Registrant Type (Choose One)
Candidate Referendum Recall Conduit
Political Action (PAC) Independent Expenditure (IEC)
Political Party Legislative Campaign Committee
A1. Candidate Committee/Committee/Conduit Name
A3. Email A4. Phone
A5. Mailing Address A6. City A7. State A8. Zip
Filing Exemption
Registrants that will not accept contributions, make disbursements, or incur obligations in an aggregate
amount of more than $2,000 in a calendar year are eligible for exemption from filing campaign finance
reports. Exempt status is effective only for the calendar year in which it is granted. Registrants wishing
to remain on exempt status must renew each year. Candidates may not claim exemption in the year of
their election before the day they appear on the ballot.
A29. Exemption Affirmation
Yes, this registrant is eligible for exemption
No, this registrant is not eligible for exemption
SECTION B: CANDIDATE COMMITTEES
B1. Office Sought (include District/Branch) B2. Political Party B3. Election Date
Candidate Information
B4. Name B5. Email B6. Phone
B7. Mailing Address B8. City B9. State B10. Zip
Second Candidate Committee
An individual who holds a state or local elective office may establish a second candidate
committee to pursue another state or local office.
B11. Is this your only registered candidate committee in Wisconsin?
Yes, this is my only candidate committee in Wisconsin
No, this is my second candidate committee in Wisconsin
B12. Other Office Held or Sought (include District/Branch) Only complete B12 if you responded “No” to B11.
SECTION C: RECALL COMMITTEES
C1. Name of Official Subject to Recall
C3. Support
Oppose
C2. Office of Official Subject to Recall
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REGISTRATION STATEMENT
STATE OF WISCONSIN
Form: CF-1 (Rev. 11/2018) Prescribed by: STATE OF WISCONSIN, Ethics Commission
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REGISTRATION STATEMENT
STATE OF WISCONSIN
Note: An amended registration statement must be filed within 10 days of any changes in information.
SECTION G: CERTIFICATION
Accurate Information
I certify that I am an authorized representative of the registrant and that to my knowledge all of the information contained within this registration
is true, correct, and complete.
Timely Amendments
I am aware of the requirement to amend this registration statement within 10 days of any change of information contained within, as well as the
requirement to register within 10 days of meeting the requirements to register under Chapter 11 of Wisconsin Statutes.
Records Retention
I further acknowledge the requirement to maintain the records of the registrant in an organized and legible manner for three years from the date
of the most recent election in which this registrant participated.
Ongoing Compliance
This registrant shall continue to maintain its registration and comply with all applicable reporting requirements under Chapter 11 of Wisconsin
Statutes.
Treasurer/Administrator
G1. Printed Name G2. Signature G3. Date
Candidate (if applicable)
G4. Printed Name G5. Signature G6. Date
SECTION D: PAC, IEC, AND CONDUITS
D1. Sponsoring Organization D2. Email D3. Phone
D4. Mailing Address D5. City D6. State D7. Zip
SECTION F: REFERENDA COMMITTEES
F1. Nature of Referendum (if applicable)
F2. Support
Oppose
SECTION E: POLITICAL PARTY & LEGISLATIVE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEES
E1. Political Party (Name candidates appear under on a ballot)
E2. Does the Committee have a Segregated Fund?
No Yes
Segregated Fund Depository Institution Information (if applicable)
E3. Institution Name E4. Street Address E5. City E6. State E7. Zip
Instructions for Form: CF-1 (Rev. 11/2018) Prescribed by: STATE OF WISCONSIN, Ethics Commission
FORM INSTRUCTIONS
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REGISTRATION STATEMENT (CF-1)
Item 1. Is this an amendment? Check the appropriate
box. If “Yes” is checked, enter the committee ID number
if you have one. If “No’ is checked, proceed directly to
Section A.
Section A: General Information. All candidates,
committees, and conduits must complete section A.
Item A1: Committee/Conduit Name. All committees and
conduits must have a name. It is not required that the name
include the candidate or organization’s name, but it
is recommended, e.g., Friends of John Smith. A political
party committee wishing to operate under the same
name as a state political party committee must receive
authorization from that state party (WIS. STAT. §
11.0101(26)(a)1).
Depository Institution Information. All committees and
conduits must designate a depository institution. While
it is recommended that all committees have a
designated campaign depository account, candidates who
will serve as their own treasurer may designate a
single personal account to serve as the committee
depository account and may intermingle personal and
campaign funds (WIS. STAT. § 11.0201(2)(b)).
Treasurer/Administrator Information. Each
committee must appoint a treasurer and each conduit must
appoint an administrator. Any adult may serve as a
treasurer or administrator. A candidate may serve as
his or her own treasurer. If a candidate is serving as their
own treasurer, please indicate so in this section.
Section B: Candidate Committees.
Candidate committees must complete section B. No other
committee type should complete section B.
Section C: Recall Committees. Recall committees
must complete section C. No other committee type
should complete section C.
Section D: PAC, IEC, and Conduits. Political
action committees, independent expenditure
committees, and conduits must complete section D.
No other committee type should complete section B.
All fields in section D refer to the sponsoring
organization’s contact information.
Section E: Political Party and Legislative
Campaign Committees. Only political party
committees and legislative campaign committees
should complete section
Section E: Political Party and Legislative Campaign
Committees. Only political party committees and
legislative campaign committees should complete section
E.
Item E2. A political party or a legislative
campaign committee may establish a segregated fund
for purposes other than making contributions to a
candidate committee or making disbursements for
express advocacy (WIS. STAT. § 11.1104(6)). It is
recommended that the committee maintain the
segregated fund in a depository account separate from
the primary account, but it is not required.
Items E3 - E7. If the segregated fund is maintained with
the same depository institution as the primary
account, write “Same as primary account.” in E3.
Section F: Referendum Committees. Only
referenda committees should complete section F.
Section G: Certification. All committees and
conduits must complete section G.
Note: Use of this form is required by the Ethics Commission for registration of a political committee or conduit under
Chapter 11 of Wisconsin Statute. Completion of this form is mandatory for committees that file on paper. It is not the
Commission’s intention to use any personally identifiable information from this form for any other purpose.
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Declaration of Candidacy
(See instructions for preparation on back)
Is this an amendment?
Yes (if you have already filed a DOC for this election) No (if this is the first DOC you have filed for this election)
I, ______________________________________________________________, being duly sworn, state that
Candidate's name
I am a candidate for the office of ________________________________________________________________
Official name of office - Include district, branch or seat number
representing ________________________________________________________________________________
If partisan election, name of political party or statement of principle - five words or less (Candidates for nonpartisan office may leave blank.)
and I meet or will meet at the time I assume office the applicable age, citizenship, residency and voting qualification
requirements, if any, prescribed by the constitutions and laws of the United States and the State of Wisconsin, and that
I will otherwise qualify for office, if nominated and elected.
I hav
e not been convicted of a felony in any court within the United States for which I have not been pardoned.
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My pr
esent address, including my municipality of residence for voting purposes is:
Town of
Village of
City of
House or fire no. Street Name Mailing Municipality and State Zip code Municipality of Residence for Voting
My name as I wish it to appear on the official ballot is as follows:
______________________________________________________________________________________________
(Any combination of first name, middle name or initials with surname. A nickname may replace a legal name.)
(Signature of candidate)
STATE OF WISCONSIN
County of
(County where oath administered)
Subscribed and sworn to before me this ______day of ___________________, ________.
_________________________________________________________________
(Signature of person authorized to administer oaths)
Not
ary Public or other official ___________________________________________
(Official title, if not a notary)
If Notary Public: My commission expires or is permanent.
__________
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
The information on this form is required by Wis. Stat. § 8.21, Art. XIII, Sec. 3, Wis. Const., and must be filed with the filing officer in
order to have a candidate's name placed on the ballot. Wis. Stats. §§ 8.05 (1)(j), 8.10 (5), 8.15 (4)(b), 8.20 (6), 120.06 (6)(b), 887.01.
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1 A 1996 constitutional amendment bars any candidate convicted of a misdemeanor which violates the public trust from running for or
holding a public office. However, the legislature has not defined which misdemeanors violate the public trust. A candidate convicted of any
misdemeanor is not barred from running for or holding a public office until the legislature defines which misdemeanors apply.
FOR OFFICE USE ONLY
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Instructions for Completing the Declaration of Candidacy
All candidates seeking ballot status for election to any office in the State of Wisconsin must properly complete and
file a Declaration of Candidacy. This form must be ON FILE with the proper filing officer no later than the deadline
for filing nomination papers or the candidate's name will not appear on the ballot. A facsimile will be accepted if the
FAX copy is received by the filing officer no later than the filing deadline and the signed original declaration is
received by the filing officer with a postmark no later than the filing deadline.
Information to be provided by the candidate:
Type or print your name on the first line.
The title of the office and any district, branch, or seat number for which you are seeking election must be
inserted on the second line. For legislative offices insert the title and district number, for district attorneys
insert the title and the county, for circuit court offices insert the title, county and branch number, and for
municipal and school board offices insert the title and any district or seat number.
Type or print the political party affiliation or principle supported by you in five words or less on the third line.
Nonpartisan candidates may leave this line blank.
Felony convictions: Your name cannot appear on the ballot if you have been convicted of a felony
in any court in the United States for which you have not been pardoned. Please see footnote on page
1 for further information with respect to convictions for misdemeanors involving a violation of public
trust. These restrictions only apply to candidates for state and local office.
Your current address, including your municipality of residence for voting purposes, must be inserted on the
fourth line. This must include your entire mailing address (street and number, municipality where you
receive mail) and the name of the municipality in which you reside and vote (town, village, or city of __).
If your address changes before the election, an amended Declaration of Candidacy must be filed with the filing
officer. Wis. Stat. § 8.21. Federal candidates are not required to provide this information, however an address
for contact purposes is helpful.
Type or print your name on the fifth line as you want it to be printed on the official ballot. You may use your
full legal name, former legal surname, or any combination of first name, middle name, and initials, surname
or nickname with last name.
Note: The Wisconsin Elections Commission has determined that, absent any evidence of an
attempt to manipulate the electoral process, candidates are permitted to choose any form
of their name, including nicknames, by which they want to appear on the ballot.
No titles are permitted. In addition, names such as “Red” or “Skip” are permitted, but
names which have an apparent electoral purpose or benefit, such as “Lower taxes,”
“None of the above” or “Lower Spending” are not permitted. It is also not permissible
to add nicknames in quotes or parentheses. For example, John “Jack” Jones or John
(Jack) Jones are not acceptable, but John Jones, Jack Jones or John Jack Jones are
acceptable.
This form must be sworn to and signed in the presence of a notary public or other person authorized to
administer oaths, such as a county or municipal clerk. Wis. Stat. §§ 8.21(2), 887.01(1).
Information to be provided by the person administering the oath:
The county where the oath was administered.
The date the Declaration of Candidacy was signed and the oath administered.
The signature and title of the person administering the oath. If signed by a notary public, the notary seal is
required and the date the notary’s commission expires must be listed.
All candidates for offices using the nomination paper process must file this form (and all school district
candidates must file the EL-162sd) with the appropriate filing officer no later than the deadline for filing
nomination papers. Wis. Stats. §§ 8.10 (5), 8.15 (4)(b), 8.20 (6), 8.21, 8.50 (3)(a), 120.06 (6)(b). Candidates
nominated for local office at a caucus must file this form with their municipal clerk within 5 days of receiving
notice of nomination. Wis. Stat. § 8.05 (l)(j).
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CANDIDATE INFORMATION AND CHECK LIST
Name of Candidate:____________________________________________________________
Home Address:________________________________________________________________
E-Mail Address:_______________________________________________________________
Home Phone Number:__________________________________________________________
Cell Number: _________________________________________________________________
Occupation:__________________________________________________________________
Place of Employment:___________________________________________________________
Business Address:_____________________________________________________________
Business Phone Number: _______________________________________________________
Business E-Mail Address________________________________________________________
Prefer to be called at: Home_____ Work_____ Cell_____ No Preference_____
Number to release to Public: Home_____ Work_____ Cell_____ No Preference_____
Prefer to be e-Mailed at: Home_____ Work_____ No Preference_____
Have you ever run for public office before: YES_____ NO_____
If yes, name of office and date(s)
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
OFFICE USE ONLY
1. Date Declaration of Candidacy received: ____________________________________________
2. Date Campaign Registration Statement returned: ______________________________________
3. Date and time Nomination Papers returned: __________________________________________
Date Time
4. Number of Nomination Papers returned:__________________________________________
_______________________________________
Signature of Clerk
NOMINATION PAPER FOR NONPARTISAN OFFICE
Candidate's name (required); no titles may be used.
Candidate’s residential address (required) No P.O. box addresses
Street, fire, or rural route number; box number (if rural route); and name of street or road
Candidate’s municipality for voting purposes (required)
Town
Village _______________________________________
City (name of municipality)
Candidate’s mailing address, including municipality for mailing purposes (required if different than
residential address or voting municipality)
State (required)
WI
Zip code
Type of election (required)
spring
special
Election date (required) Do not use primary date.
Mo/Day/Year
Title of office (required)
Branch, district or seat number (required if applicable)
Branch
District
Seat
Name of jurisdiction or district in which candidate seeks office (required)
I, the undersigned, request that the candidate, whose name and residential address are listed above, be placed on the ballot at the election described above as a candidate so that voters will have the
opportunity to vote for him or her for the office listed above. I am eligible to vote in the jurisdiction or district in which the candidate named above seeks office. I have not signed the nomination
paper of any other candidate for the same office at this election.
The municipality used for mailing purposes, when different than municipality of residence, is not sufficient. The name of the municipality of residence must always be listed.
Signatures of Electors Printed Name of Electors
Residential Address (No P.O. Box Addresses)
Street and Number or Rural Route
(Rural address must also include box or fire no.)
Municipality of Residence
Check the type and write the name
of your municipality for voting
purposes.
Date of Signing
Mo/Day/Year
1.
Town
Village
City
2.
Town
Village
City
3.
Town
Village
City
4.
Town
Village
City
5.
Town
Village
City
6.
Town
Village
City
7.
Town
Village
City
8.
Town
Village
City
9.
Town
Village
City
10.
Town
Village
City
CERTIFICATION OF CIRCULATOR
I,_________________________________________________________________ certify: I reside at _________________________________________________________________.
(Na
me of circulator) (Circulator's residential address - Include number, street, and municipality.)
I further certify I am either a qualified elector of Wisconsin, or a U.S. citizen, age 18 or older who, if I were a resident of this state, would not be disqualified from voting under Wis. Stat. §6.03. I personally
circulated this nomination paper and personally obtained each of the signatures on this paper. I know that the signers are electors of the jurisdiction or district the candidate seeks to represent. I know that
each person signed the paper with full knowledge of its content on the date indicated opposite his or her name. I know their respective residences given. I intend to support this candidate. I am aware that
falsifying this certification is punishable under Wis. Stat. § 12.13(3)(a).
________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________
Page No.
(Date) (Signature of circulator)
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARING NOMINATION PAPERS FOR NONPARTISAN OFFICE
This is a sample nomination paper form. It conforms to the statutory requirements for nomination papers for nonpartisan office. All information concerning the candidate must be completed in full
before circulating this form to obtain signatures of electors. All information concerning the signing electors and the circulator must be completed in full before filing with the appropriate filing officer.
This form may be reproduced in any way. A candidate's picture and biographical data may also be added to this form. The Wisconsin Elections Commission has determined that no disclaimer or other
attribution statement is required on nomination papers. Candidates are advised to send a sample of their completed form the filing officer for review before circulation.
Page Numbers Number each page consecutively, beginning with “1”, before submitting to the filing officer. A space for page numbers has been provided in the lower right-hand corner of the form.
Candidate's Name - Insert the candidate's name. A candidate may use his or her full legal name, or any combination of first name, middle name, and initials or nickname with last name. The
Wisconsin Elections Commission has determined that, absent any evidence of an attempt to manipulate the electoral process, candidates are permitted to choose any form of their name, including
nicknames, by which they want to appear on the ballot.
No titles are permitted. In addition, names such as “Red” or “Skip” are permitted, but names which have an apparent electoral purpose or benefit, such as “Lower taxes,” “None of the above” or
“Lower Spending” are not permitted. It is also not permissible to add nicknames in quotes or parentheses between first and last names. For example, JohnJack” Jones or John (Jack) Jones are not
acceptable, but John Jones, Jack Jones or John Jack Jones are acceptable.
Candidate's Address Insert the candidate’s residential address (no P.O. Box addresses) and the municipality for voting purposes. Indicate if the municipality of residence is a town, village, or city.
If a candidate's mailing address is different from the residential address or voting municipality, a complete mailing address must also be given.
Date of Election - Insert the date of the election. If the nomination paper is being circulated for a spring election, the date is the first Tuesday in April. If the election is a special nonpartisan election,
the date of the special election must be listed.
Title of Office - The name of the office must be listed along with any branch, district, or seat number (if applicable) that clearly identifies the office the candidate is seeking. If necessary, the name
of the jurisdiction that identifies the office, such as Dane County Circuit Court Judge, Branch 3, must also be listed.
Name of Jurisdiction - The nomination papers must also indicate the municipality or jurisdiction in which the signing electors are qualified to vote, as it relates to the office sought by the candidate
named on the nomination paper. For example, for a statewide office the jurisdiction is the State of Wisconsin. Others may be the county, town, village, city, aldermanic district, school district, or town
sanitary district, as required.
Signatures and Printed Name of Electors - Only qualified electors of the jurisdiction or the district the candidate seeks to represent may sign the nomination papers. Each signer must also
legibly print their name. Each elector must provide their residential address (no P.O. Box addresses), including any street, fire or rural route number, box number (if rural route) and street or road name,
and municipality of residence. A post office box number alone does not show where the elector actually resides. The name of the Municipality of Residence must be listed for each signing elector and
must clearly identify the town, village or city where the elector's voting residence is located. The date the elector signed the nomination paper, including month, day and year, must be indicated. Ditto
marks that follow correct and complete address or date information are acceptable. The circulator may add any missing or illegible address or date information before the papers are filed with the filing
officer.
Signature of Circulator - The circulator should carefully read the language of the Certification of Circulator. THE CIRCULATOR MUST PERSONALLY PRESENT THE NOMINATION PAPER TO EACH SIGNER. THE NOMINATION
PAPER MAY NOT BE LEFT UNATTENDED ON COUNTERS OR POSTED ON BULLETIN BOARDS. The circulator's complete residential address including municipality of residence must be listed in the certification. After
obtaining signatures of electors, the circulator must sign and date the certification.
Other Instructions - Candidates and circulators should review Ch. Wisconsin Elections Commission §§ 2.05, 2.07, Wis. Adm. Code.
Original nomination papers must be in the physical custody of the appropriate filing officer by the filing deadline. A postmark on the filing deadline is NOT sufficient. Nomination papers CANNOT
be faxed to the filing officer. Ch. Wisconsin Elections Commission § 6.04(2), Wis. Adm. Code.
Nomination papers with the required number of signatures must be filed with the appropriate filing officer no later than 5:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday in January (or the next day if the first
Tuesday is a holiday) before the spring election. Special elections may have different filing deadlines. Check with the filing officer.
In order for a candidate's name to be placed on the ballot, a candidate must file a Campaign Registration Statement (ETHCF-1), a Declaration of Candidacy (EL-162), and Nomination Papers (EL-
169) containing the appropriate number of signatures for the office sought no later than the filing deadline. Wis. Stat. § 8.10(3). Candidates for state office and municipal judge must also file a
statement of economic interests with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission by the third business day after the nomination paper filing deadline. Wis. Stat. § 19.43. If any one of these required
forms is not filed by the deadline, the candidate's name will not be placed on the ballot. Wis. Stat. § 8.30.
If a candidate or circulator has any questions, he or she should contact the filing officer.
CAMPAIGN
FINANCE
OVERVIEW
Local Candidate
Committees
Updated: November 2018
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Contents
REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS ........................................................................................... 2
Who is Required to Register ...................................................................................................... 2
Completing a Registration Statement ........................................................................................ 3
Amending a Registration Statement .......................................................................................... 4
Penalty for Not Filing a Registration Statement ........................................................................ 4
Candidates Seeking More Than One Office .............................................................................. 4
EXEMPTION FROM FILING CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS ............................................... 5
Eligibility ................................................................................................................................... 5
Financial Records During Exemption ........................................................................................ 5
Revoking Exemption .................................................................................................................. 5
MAJOR PROVISIONS OF CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW ......................................................... 6
Contribution Limits .................................................................................................................... 6
Contribution Limits .................................................................................................................... 6
In-Kind Contributions ................................................................................................................ 6
Prohibited Contributions ............................................................................................................ 8
Returned Contributions .............................................................................................................. 8
Contributions Transferred through Conduits ............................................................................. 8
Obligations ................................................................................................................................. 9
ATTRIBUTION STATEMENTS (DISCLAIMERS) ..................................................................... 10
Disclaimers ............................................................................................................................... 10
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS (ETHCF-2L, 2LE, or 2a) ...................................................... 11
Types of Reports ...................................................................................................................... 11
Information Required ............................................................................................................... 11
No-Activity Report (Postcard Report) ..................................................................................... 12
How to Complete Campaign Finance Reports ......................................................................... 12
TERMINATION OF REGISTRATION AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS ......................... 15
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REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
Who is Required to Register
Under Wisconsin campaign finance law, a candidate for election to public office must register a
candidate committee with the appropriate filing officer. A candidate for local office:
County Executive
County Supervisor
County Clerk,
County Treasurer,
Clerk of Circuit Court,
Coroner,
Register of Deeds,
Sheriff,
Mayor,
Alderperson,
Town, Village or School District Board Member,
Municipal Clerk or Municipal Treasurer [if elected], Municipal
Judge;
must register a candidate committee with the clerk of the county, city, town, village, or school
district as soon as any of the following occur:
(a) The individual takes any of the following affirmative actions to seek nomination or
election to a state or local office:
1. Files nomination papers with the appropriate filing officer.
2. Is nominated as a candidate for state or local office by a caucus under s. 8.05 (1)
or by a political party and the nomination is certified to the appropriate filing
officer.
3. Receives a contribution, makes a disbursement, or gives consent for another
person to receive a contribution or make a disbursement in order to bring about
the individual’s nomination or election to a state or local office.
(b) The individual holds a state or local office and is the subject of a recall petition.
(c) The individual holds a state or local office.
A candidate must file a campaign registration statement (CF-1) for their candidate committee as
soon as practicable after the individual qualifies as a candidate. A candidate who receives no
contributions, makes no disbursements, and incurs no obligations need not designate a campaign
depository account until the first contribution is received, disbursement is made, or obligation is
incurred. The minimum amount of money needed to open an account can be deposited at a financial
institution and a post office box can be rented before registration. These receipts and expenses
must be reported on the first campaign finance report.
After filing the registration statement, a candidate may begin receiving and disbursing campaign
funds. The campaign’s financial activities must be reported to the filing officer on campaign
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finance reports (ETHCF-2L, 2LE, or 2a), unless the committee has claimed an exemption from
filing finance reports. These reports will disclose information on the receipts, expenditures,
incurred obligations and loans of the campaign.
Completing a Registration Statement
Section A. General Information
This section must be completed by all candidates and candidate committees. It contains the
information identifying the candidate committee. All candidates are required to have a registered
campaign committee, even if the candidate is the only person participating in the campaign and
even if there is absolutely no money being spent on the race.
A1. Candidate Committee/Committee/Conduit Name
The Ethics Commission recommends using something like “FIRST AND LAST NAME
for OFFICE” for the committee name, so that any attribution/disclaimer statements placed
on advertisements or yard signs make clear who paid for them.
A2. Registrant Type
Local candidate committees should choose “Candidate.”
A3-13. Contact and Depository Institution Information
If the candidate committee does not have a separate address/PO box, phone number, email
or depository account for the candidate committee, then the candidate should use their
personal address, phone number, email and depository account. Depository accounts are
required, even if absolutely no money is being spent.
A14-20. Treasurer Information
If the candidate is serving as their own treasurer, they should include their own contact
information here.
A21-28. Other Officers
This section is intended to list other individuals that are helping on the campaign and is
entirely optional. Local non-partisan candidates can list an individual here with an asterisk
by their name which indicates they are to fill a vacancy if the candidate were to pass away.
A29. Exemption
Indicate whether the candidate committee will not accept contributions, make
disbursements or incur obligations in aggregate of more than $2,000 in a calendar year
and therefore is eligible to claim an exemption from filing campaign finance reports.
Section B. Candidate Committees
B1-3. Election Information
List the office sought, including the district and branch and the election date. If the race is
nonpartisan, then “nonpartisan” can be listed in B2.
B4-10. Candidate Information
This section should list the personal contact information of the candidate.
B11-12. Second Candidate Committee
If the candidate has an additional candidate committee, they should indicate it in this section.
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Section C-E: Other Committee Registration Information
Local candidate committees do not need to fill out information in Sections C-E because those
sections are for Recall, Political Action, Independent Expenditure, Political Party, Legislative
Campaign, Referenda Committees and Conduits.
Section G. Certification
The candidate and treasurer certify the registration here with their signatures. If the candidate serves
are the treasurer, they only need to sign once under “Candidate” in G4-G6.
Amending a Registration Statement
When any of the information reported on the registration statement changes, the statement must be
amended by filing a new CF-1. The candidate or treasurer must file the new CF-1 with the
appropriate filing officer, checking the “yes” box at the top of the form to indicate that it is an
amendment.
Penalty for Not Filing a Registration Statement
Failure to file the registration statement by the deadline for filing nomination papers prevents a
candidate’s name from appearing on the ballot. If a required statement or amendment is not filed
on time, the registrant may be subject to a fine.
Candidates Seeking More Than One Office
An individual who holds a state or local elective office may establish a second candidate committee
to pursue another office. If a second committee is established, that committee will register and file
reports with to the appropriate filing officer.
If the candidate chooses to keep a single committee, copies of the registration and all reports should
be filed with both filing officers, and each reported transaction should be labeled with the office to
which it applies.
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EXEMPTION FROM FILING CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS
Eligibility
Committees may be eligible for an exemption from filing campaign finance reports if campaign
finance activity is low enough to meet the following criteria:
The committee anticipates that it will not accept contributions, OR make disbursements, incur
loans and other obligations in an aggregate amount exceeding $2,000 in a calendar year.
The candidate or treasurer must sign and date the request for exemption on the campaign
registration statement (CF-1). An indication of limited activity (exemption) under this section is
effective only for the calendar year in which it is granted. The candidate’s contributions do count
toward the total receipts of $2,000 or less in a calendar year.
If a candidate committee wishes to renew its exempt status, it should file an amendment to its
registration statement (CF-1). Candidates on the ballot may claim an exemption when they first
register or renew their exemption from the previous calendar year. However, a candidate on the
ballot in that calendar year, who did not previously claim the exemption, may not amend her/his
registration to claim the exemption before the date of her/his election.
Financial Records During Exemption
When a committee is exempt, it is not required to file any campaign finance reports (ETHCF-2L,
2LE or 2a). However, the candidate or treasurer is required to keep financial records adequate to
meet the requirements of campaign finance law. Records must be kept of all contributions to the
committee and of all expenditures.
A candidate who is exempt from filing campaign finance reports may use a personal account as the
campaign depository. The name and address of the financial institution must be provided on the
registrations statement (CF-1).
Revoking Exemption
If a decision is made at a later date to exceed the $2,000 limit on contributions or disbursements,
the committee must amend its campaign registration statement immediately, by checking the box:
“This registrant is no longer eligible to claim exemption” on either the registrations statement (CF-
1).
The committee is then required to file campaign finance reports beginning with the next regular
report. The first report must cover all financial activity from January 1 of the current year, through
the cutoff date of the required report.
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MAJOR PROVISIONS OF CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW
Contribution Limits
All candidates running for elected office must abide by contribution limits that vary
depending on the office sought and the population of the district. The only contributors not
subject to limits are the candidate contributing to his or her own election, and political party
committees. To determine the limits for a candidate for local office, see the guidelines below
and check with the local clerk to get the current and exact amounts.
Contribution limitations apply cumulatively to the entire primary and election campaign in which
the candidate participates, whether or not there is a contested primary election.
Contribution Limits
Local Office [§11.1101.Wis. stats.]: (per campaign 2 to 4 years depending on office)
Receiving
Committee
From an Individual
From a Candidate
Committee
From a PAC
From a
Corporation
Referendum
No limits
No limits
No limits
No limits
Recall Committee
No limits
No limits
No limits
$0; Illegal
Local Candidate
Greater of
$500 or
times the
population in
the district
Not to exceed
$6,000
Greater of
$500 or 2¢
times the
population in
the district
Not to exceed
$6,000
No aggregate
limit
Greater of $400
or 2¢ times the
population in
the district
Not to exceed
$5,000
No aggregate
limit
$0; Illegal
Corporations cannot make contributions to candidate committees.
Party Committees can make unlimited contributions to candidate committees.
In-Kind Contributions
An in-kind contribution is any good, service or property offered to the candidate’s campaign free
of charge or at less than the usual cost for such goods, services or property. For example, if a
campaign worker purchases stamps that are used for a mailing and is not reimbursed for the cost of
the stamps, the value of the stamps is an in-kind contribution to the candidate’s campaign from that
campaign worker. When an individual is paid to work on behalf of a candidate by a political
committee or some other person, the payment for those services is an in-kind contribution to the
candidate’s campaign. If a political committee or individual offers to provide food and beverages
for a fundraiser at less than the ordinary market price, the difference between the ordinary market
price and the cost to the campaign is an in-kind contribution from the political committee or
individual.
The candidate or campaign treasurer must agree to accept an in-kind contribution before it is given.
Before making an in-kind contribution to a candidate, the contributor is required to notify an
authorized person from the candidate’s campaign and obtain either oral or written consent to the
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contribution. If the contributor does not know the actual value of the contribution, a good faith and
reasonable estimate of the fair market value should be provided.
An in-kind contribution received by the campaign committee is reported by the committee as both
a receipt and expenditure. This procedure allows the campaign to disclose the receipt of the
contribution on its campaign finance report along with cash contributions received and track year
to date and campaign period totals. Then, in order to keep the committee’s cash balance accurate,
the amount of the in-kind is reported as an expenditure. The two entries offset each other and do
not affect the cash balance.
If an estimate of the value of an in-kind contribution is the only value available at the time the
candidate is required to file a report, the committee must report the estimated value of the
contribution. When the actual value of the estimated in-kind contribution is known, the actual
amount is reported as a contribution and an expenditure on the campaign finance report.
In-kind contributions are subject to the same itemization thresholds and the same contribution limits
as monetary contributions. Monetary contributions and in-kind contributions from a single
contributor are added together for the purposes of determining compliance with contribution limits
and the year-to-date amount for a specific contributor. When a political communication is provided
as an in-kind contribution, the disclaimer must identify the committee receiving the contribution.
Contributions and Other Income from Businesses
Businesses may make contributions under some circumstances, but the rules vary by the type of
business.
1. Corporations may not contribute to local or state candidates in the State of Wisconsin.
2. Sole-proprietorships may contribute. The contribution must be reported under the name of the
individual owner. This contribution counts toward the contribution limits from that individual
to the candidate.
3. Partnerships may contribute. The contribution must be reported under the names of the
individual partners. The partnership may agree beforehand on how to allocate a portion of the
contribution to each partner. If the partnership does not inform the candidate how the
contribution should be allocated between the partners, then the contribution should be divided
up according to each partner’s share of the partnership’s profits.
4. LLCs that are taxed as corporations may not contribute to local or state candidates in the State
of Wisconsin.
5. LLCs taxed as a sole-proprietorship or partnership may contribute. The contribution must be
reported under the name(s) of the individual owner(s). If there is more than one owner,
contributions should be allocated as described in the partnership section above.
Occasionally, a candidate committee may receive other income, like interest on a savings or checking
account, or a refund of a security deposit, from a business. This other income is not a contribution
and may be accepted from any type of business. The income should be reported on Schedule 1-C
(Other Income), rather than Schedule 1-A, where contributions are reported.
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Prohibited Contributions
Certain contributions are prohibited by Wisconsin law. A candidate’s campaign may not accept
the following types of contributions:
1. Anonymous contributions of more than $10;
2. Contributions in cash of more than $100;
3. Contributions given in the name of someone other than the contributor (these are laundered
contributions);
4. Contributions from corporations, labor organizations or federally recognized American
Indian Tribes;
5. Contributions more than the limits set by law.
A candidate should monitor contributions from organizations that have not registered. If the
candidate’s campaign is notified that a contribution was received from an unregistered
organization, the candidate should ensure that the contribution is lawful, and not accept any
additional contributions from that organization if the committee cannot determine whether the
contribution is lawful.
Returned Contributions
Any contribution you return to the donor after depositing it in the campaign account must be
reported as a returned contribution to the contributor. Any contribution returned to the donor
uncashed within 15 days of receipt has not been accepted and does not get reported.
Contributions Transferred through Conduits
A conduit is any individual, committee or group that receives contributions from individuals,
deposits those contributions in a financial institution, and then transfers the contributions to a
committee selected by the original contributor. The conduit may not exercise any discretion over
the amount or ultimate recipient of the contributions. A conduit is required to register with the
Ethics Commission.
When a conduit transfers contributions, it writes a single check for the total amount of all individual
contributions designated for that committee. It is required to provide a transmittal letter with the
check. This letter must identify the organization as a conduit, and list the individual contributors,
the amount of each individual’s contribution, and the date the individual authorized their
contribution.
Contributions transferred through conduits are reported as contributions received from the
individuals listed in the transmittal letter. These contributions are reported under the individual’s
name. They are subject to itemization on the same basis as other individual contributions.
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Obligations
“Obligation” means any express agreement to make a disbursement, including all of the following:
(a) A loan or loan guarantee.
(b) A promise or a payment to purchase, rent, or lease tangible personal property.
(c) A promise or a payment for a service that has been or will be performed.
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ATTRIBUTION STATEMENTS (DISCLAIMERS)
Disclaimers
No disbursement by candidate committees may be made anonymously, and no contribution or
disbursement may be made in a fictitious name or by one person or organization in the name of
another.
(a) Every printed advertisement, billboard, handbill, sample ballot, television or radio
advertisement, or other communication containing express advocacy which is paid for by
any contribution or disbursement shall clearly identify its source.
(b) Every communication described under par. (a) the cost of which is paid for or reimbursed
by a committee, or for which a committee assumes responsibility, whether by accepting a
contribution or making a disbursement, shall identify its source by the words "Paid for by"
followed by the name of the committee making the payment or reimbursement or assuming
responsibility for the communication and may include the name of the treasurer or other
authorized agent of the committee.
Attribution statements do not apply to communications containing express advocacy printed on
small items, which would normally require a disclaimer, but cannot be conveniently printed,
including text messages, social media communications, and certain small advertisements on
mobile phones.
Formats for Disclaimers
When a communication is paid for by a candidate committee, the disclaimer must include the words
“Paid for by”, followed by the name of the committee:
“Paid for by Friends of Mary Smith.”
The disclaimer may also include the name of the treasurer or other authorized agent:
“Paid for by Friends of Mary Smith, James Jones, Treasurer.”
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CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS (ETHCF-2L, 2LE, or 2a)
All registrants that are not exempt from filing must file campaign finance reports. Committees must
continue to file periodic reports until termination of their registration. These reports must be filed
with the appropriate local filing officer when due. The reports may be submitted electronically via
email, fax, mail or other authorized format. The reports must be received by the filing officer by
the day the report is due. For a specific time that reports are due, please contact your local filing
officer.
Types of Reports
Candidates on the ballot must file a pre-primary and a pre-election report due 8 days before the
primary or general election. Candidates for local office whose names do not appear on the
primary ballot are not required to file a pre-primary report. Candidates who lose in the primary
or general election must continue to file reports until they are eligible for, and request, termination
of their committee. Candidates must also file continuing reports in January and July of each year
until they terminate their registration, whether or not they are on the ballot.
Reporting Periods and Elections:
Spring Primary: A committee that engages in activity concerning a spring primary must file: (1) a preprimary
report; (2) a pre-election report; and (3) annually in each year of an election cycle, a report on January 15
and July 15.
Spring Election: A committee that engages in activity concerning a spring election must file: (1) a pre-
election report; and (2) annually in each year of an election cycle, a report on January 15 and July 15.
Partisan Primary: A committee that engages in activity concerning a partisan primary must file: (1) a
preprimary report; (2) a pre-election report; (3) in an odd-numbered year, a report on January 15 and July
15; and (4) in an even-numbered year, a report on January 15 and July 15 and on the 4th Tuesday in
September.
General Election: A committee that engages in activity concerning a general election must file: (1) a pre-
election report; (2) in an odd-numbered year, a report on January 15 and July 15; and (3) in an even
numbered year, a report on January 15 and July 15 and on the 4th Tuesday in September.
Reporting deadlines can be found at https://ethics.wi.gov
Information Required
The information listed on the campaign finance report discloses the financial activity of the
candidate’s campaign. The law requires disclosure of income, disbursements, and incurred
obligations. In addition, disclosure is required for obligations, including loan guarantees, and for
estimated in-kind contributions. Committee treasurers must exercise diligence in acquiring and
furnishing the contributor information required on the receipts schedules. Under current state law,
treasurers and candidates are required to make a “good faith effort” to obtain all information
required on the reports. For all contributors, you must disclose the individuals name and address.
If the individual’s year-to-date total exceeds $200, you must also provide the individual’s
occupation.
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Each of the report schedules has detailed instructions for completing it on the back. These
instructions should be reviewed each time a campaign finance report is prepared. A candidate is
only required to file schedules that show activity. You do not need to include blank schedules
when filing reports.
All contributions received by the committee must be reported in Schedule 1 (Receipts) of the
campaign finance report. Contributions and loans from individuals are listed in Schedule 1A
(Contributions Including Loans from Individuals). Contributions from other committees, such as
political action committees, political party committees, and other candidate committees, are
reported in Schedule 1B (Contributions from Committees). All other income such as loans from
financial institutions, contributions returned from other registrants, refunds, returns of deposits or
interest on investments are reported in Schedule 1C (Other Income and Commercial Loans).The
date which must be provided for all contributions is the date the committee received the
contribution, that is, the date it acquired possession and control of the contribution, not the date of
deposit or date on the check (unless all dates are the same).
All money spent by the committee is reported in Schedule 2 (Disbursements) of the campaign
finance report. General operating expenditures are listed in Schedule 2A (Gross Expenditures).
Contributions to other political committees are listed in Schedule 2B (Contributions to
Committees).
Additional information required to be disclosed is reported in Schedule 3 (Additional Disclosure)
of the campaign finance report. All obligations of the committee such as unpaid bills are listed in
Schedule 3A (Incurred Obligations Excluding Loans). Loans and the individuals who guarantee
loans for the committee are listed in Schedule 3B (Loans).
Schedule 4 (Termination Request) of the campaign finance report or the ETHCF-13 form
(termination request) is used for requests to terminate a committee.
No-Activity Report (Postcard Report)
If a candidate receives no contributions, makes no disbursements and incurs no obligations during
a reporting period, the registrant may file a postcard report form, CF-2a. This postcard form should
be used only when there has been no financial activity and the cash balance remains unchanged
during the reporting period. If there is any financial activity, a registrant is required to use the
regular campaign finance report form, ETHCF-2L or 2LE.
How to Complete Campaign Finance Reports
Reporting Receipts
In preparing to report receipts on a campaign finance report, please remember the following:
1. Anonymous contributions of $10 or less can be accepted from individuals only. Under this
threshold, the individual donor’s name and address do not have to be tracked. If any anonymous
receipts of more than $10 are received, the excess donations must be donated to the common
school fund or to charity.
2. Any non-anonymous contribution must be itemized and include the person’s name and address.
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3. Contributions of $100 or less may be accepted in cash. Contributions over $100 must be made
by check, or by another negotiable instrument.
4. If a single contribution is over $200 (or if one person’s total contributions for the calendar year
go over $200) the committee must report not only the contributor’s name and address, but also
the contributor’s occupation.
5. Contributions from individuals received through a conduit are reported as receipts. They are
treated in the same manner as other individual contributions.
6. A contribution given from a joint checking account should be reported as a contribution from
the individual that signed the check. If any part of the amount on the check is intended to be
contributed by the other owner of the account, that amount should be clearly indicated on the
check or in some other writing which accompanies the check.
7. Receipts from raffles, auctions, garage sale, and other similar fundraising events are individual
contributions (unless anonymous under $10) and must be entered as a receipt.
8. All contributions from political committees, regardless of the amount, must be itemized and
entered as a receipt from the contributing committee. The full name and address of the
registrant, the date and the amount of the contribution are required.
9. In-kind contributions such as political posters, lawn signs, and other items are reported at their
fair market value at the time of contribution. These contributions are reported as both a receipt
and an expenditure. As a receipt, they are entered as a contribution type of “in-kind”, with the
appropriate information about the contributor. An offsetting expenditure entry is necessary
because an in-kind contribution is treated as if cash was given, and then used to buy the item
contributed.
10. A loan from an individual is considered a contribution. It must be reported as a contribution
and as a loan. Payments on the loan should be reported as expenditures and the cumulative
amount paid in a reporting period is also reported. The loan added to other contributions from
the same individual cannot exceed the applicable individual contribution limit.
Loans from political committees are considered contributions and are reported.
11. Returned contributions received from other registrants, refunds interest income and loans from
commercial lenders are also reported as money received by the campaign. They are listed as
“other income” rather than contributions.
Reporting Disbursements - Gross Expenditures
In preparing Schedule 2 of the campaign finance report, the treasurer should remember the
following:
1. An expenditure that exceeds $20 in amount or value is an itemized expenditure requiring the
name and address of the person or business to whom it was made and the date and amount of
the payment.
2. The specific spending purpose of an expenditure must be reported. Please remember that the
purpose of campaign finance reports is to inform the public. The descriptions should provide a
person, perhaps unfamiliar with the intricacies of campaigning, with information on the nature
of the expenditure and how it relates to the political process. For example, if food has been
purchased for a fundraiser or for a party for workers, give the purpose as “food for fundraiser”
or “food for party for campaign workers.” Do not write “food” only. If T-shirts are purchased
for resale by the committee, give the purpose as “campaign T-shirts for resale,” not “T-shirts”
only.
3. An in-kind contribution of goods or services to another committee must be itemized, regardless
of the amount. The itemization must include the name and address of the registrant on whose
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behalf the disbursement (in-kind contribution) is made, the name and address of the original
vendor of the goods or services, and the date and amount of the disbursement.
4. The receipt of an in-kind contribution is also reported as an in-kind expenditure. If the candidate
or other person makes an in-kind contribution to the committee, the in-kind expenditure must
include the name of the original vendor of the goods or services, and the political purpose of
the expenditure.
5. Payments made on loans and incurred obligations are reported as expenditures. The cumulative
amount paid to each creditor is reported.
6. All financial institution service charges should be listed as itemized expenditures depending on
the amount.
7. Contributions to other political registrants should be reported and must be itemized regardless
of the amount transferred. The itemization must list the name and address of the registrant
receiving the contribution, the date and amount of the contribution.
8. A letter should be sent to the filing officer within 5 days of donating money to a charitable
organization, the Common School Fund, or any government entity. The letter should include
the date of the donation, the name of the organization, and shall provide an explanation to the
filing officer of why the funds were not retained by the committee. See WIS. STAT. §11.1302.
Reporting Incurred Obligations
1. Incurred obligations are to be reported when an enforceable agreement has been reached. If
the exact amount of the obligation has not yet been defined, the amount of the obligation must
be estimated. Although the committee may not have received a bill, the amount recorded
should be a good faith estimate of the amount owed.
2. Each obligation must be carried forward on subsequent reports until the obligation has been
reduced to zero.
Reporting Loans
It is important to remember the following information concerning the recording and reporting of
loans:
1. A loan from an individual or a political committee is reported as a contribution in Schedule 1A
(individual) or in Schedule 1B (political committee) and is listed in Schedule 3B.
2. A loan from a financial institution is reported in Schedule 1C as other income and in Schedule
3B as a loan.
3. Each payment on a loan must be reported as an expenditure in Schedule 2A. The cumulative
amount of the payments made on a loan is reported in Schedule 3B.
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TERMINATION OF REGISTRATION AND REPORTING
REQUIREMENTS
A candidate may terminate its registration if it meets the following requirements:
1. Determines that all financial activity will stop, and that she or he will no longer receive
contributions, make disbursements, or incur obligations; and
2. Files a termination campaign finance report showing that all incurred obligations have been
paid or satisfied, and that the cash balance has been reduced to zero; and,
3. Completes a request for termination in Schedule 4 (Termination Request) or form ETHCF-13.
A candidate may not terminate his or her registration before a primary or election in which
he or she is a candidate. If a candidate loses a primary, he or she may terminate before the
general election.
Disposal of Residual Funds
Residual funds may be used for any purpose not prohibited by law and not for an individual’s
strictly personal use, including:
1. Returning money to contributors in amounts that are not more than the contributor’s original
contribution (note: the candidate or treasurer may choose which contributors to refund. You are
not required to pro-rate and return a portion to all contributors); or
2. Donating money to any tax-exempt charitable organization or the Common School Fund; or 3.
Transferring money to another registrant within the permitted contribution limit; or
4. Using any combination of the above.
Prior to making these disbursements, make sure the committee does not have any pending fees or
settlement offers.
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CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHECKLIST
FOR 2020 MUNICIPAL AND SCHOOL DISTRICT CANDIDATES
Candidates should determine if they are required to make financial disclosure reports.
For Milwaukee City offices, the filing officer is the Milwaukee City Board of Election
Commissioners. For all other municipal offices, the filing officer is the municipal clerk. For
school district offices, the filing officer is the school district clerk. Candidates should contact
their filing officer for further information or to obtain any of the necessary forms. WIS. STATS.
§§11.0102(1)(b), 11.0102(1)(d), 11.0102(3)(c)
If NOT claiming the exemption from reporting requirements:
Obtain a copy of the Campaign Finance Overview Local Candidates Manual
(Revised 2019) from your filing officer and carefully review it with your treasurer.
Complete and submit a January Continuing Campaign Finance Report (Form
ETHCF-2L) to the filing officer no later than January 15, 2020, if registered before
January 1, 2020. This report covers activity from July 1, 2019, or the date of
registration (whichever is later), through December 31, 2019. WIS. STATS.
§§11.0204(2)(c), 11.0103(3)(a)2.
Complete and submit a Spring Pre-Primary Campaign Finance Report (Form
ETHCF-2L) to the filing officer no later than February 10, 2020, if a primary is held.
This report covers activity from January 1, 2020, through February 3, 2020. WIS.
STATS. §§11.0204(2)(a), 11.0103(3)(a)1.
Complete and submit a Spring Pre-Election Campaign Finance Report (Form
ETHCF-2L) to the filing officer, no later than March 30, 2020. This report covers
activity from February 4, 2020, through March 23, 2020, if a primary is held, or
January 1, 2020, through March 23, 2020, if no primary is held. WIS. STATS.
§§11.0204(2)(b), 11.0204(3)(a), 11.0103(3)(a)1
Complete and submit a July Continuing Campaign Finance Report (Form ETHCF-
2L) to the filing officer no later than July 15, 2020. This report covers activity from
March 24, 2020, through June 30, 2020. WIS. STATS. §§11.0204(2)(c), 11.0204(3)(b),
11.0103(3)(a)2.
Committees must file “Continuing Reports” until a termination report (ETHCF-2L) is
filed. WIS. STATS. §11.0207. Note that an individual that has won the election and holding
office is defined as a candidate, and therefore must remain registered and cannot terminate
while in office. WIS. STATS. §§11.0202(1)(a), 11.0101(1)(b)
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORT
LOCAL COMMITTEES OF WISCONSIN
Is This Report an Amendment: Yes No
Instructions for completing schedules are on the back of each schedule.
COMMITTEE IDENTIFICATION
Name of Committee
Street Address
OFFICE USE ONLY
City, State and Zip Code
Please check if address is different than previously reported, and complete the Campaign Registration Statement in the back of this form.
NAME OF REPORT
January Continuing _____ Pre-Primary _____
July Continuing _____ Spring Fall Special Termination Report
September Continuing _____ Pre-Election _____
also complete Schedule 4
SUMMARY OF RECEIPTS AND
DISBURSEMENTS
Column A
This Period
Column B
Calendar
1. RECEIPTS
Year-To-Date
1A. Contributions (Including Loans) from Individuals
$ $
1B. Contributions from Committees (Transfers-In)
$ $
1C. Other Income and Commercial Loans
$ $
TOTAL RECEIPTS (Add totals from 1A, 1B and 1C)
$ $
2. DISBURSEMENTS
2A. Gross Expenditures
$ $
2B. Contributions to Committees (Transfers-Out)
$ $
TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS (Add totals from 2A and 2B)
$ $
CASH SUMMARY
Cash Balance Beginning of Report
$
Total Receipts
$
Subtotal
$
Total Disbursements
$
CASH BALANCE END OF REPORT
$
INCURRED OBLIGATIONS
(Balance at the Close of This Period-3A)
$
LOANS (Balance at the Close of This Period-3B)
$
I certify that I have examined this report and to the best of my knowledge and belief it is true, correct and complete.
Type or Print Name of Candidate or Treasurer
Signature of Candidate or Treasurer Date:
Email Daytime Phone:
NOTE: The information on this form is required by ss. 11.0204, 11.0304, 11.0404, 11.0504, 11.0604, 11.0804, 11.0904, Wis. Stats. Failure to provide the
information may subject you to the penalties of ss.11.1400, 11.1401, Wis. Stats.
ETHCF-2L (Rev. 01/16)
The Wisconsin Ethics Commission prescribes this form. Completed forms must be filed with your local clerk.
Instructions for Completing Summary Page of Form ETHCF-2L
Instructions for Completing Schedules are on the Back of Each Schedule
Committee Identification
Print or type the complete name and mailing address of your committee.
If the report is an amendment to a previous report filed, check the “yes” box. If the report is NOT an amendment, check the
“no” box.
Name of Report
Check the box next to the name of the report being filed, and enter the correct calendar year. For information concerning
filing dates and report names, refer to the CFIS website https://cfis.wi.gov. .
Summary of Receipts and Disbursements
Committees should complete the detailed pages in Schedules 1-A through 3-B before completing this summary section of the
report form.
Receipts
1A. Contributions (Including Loans) From Individuals: Enter the amount of Total Contributions from Individuals
(Schedule 1-A) in Column A of the Summary page. Add the amount entered in Column A to contributions previously
reported for this calendar year, if any, and enter the amount in Column B, Calendar Year-to-Date.
1B. Contributions From Committees (Transfers-In): Enter the amount from Total Contributions (Transfers-In) Received
From Committees (Schedule 1-B) in Column A of the Summary page. Add the amount entered in Column A to contributions
previously reported for this calendar year, if any, and enter the amount in Column B, Calendar Year-to-Date.
1C. Other Income and Commercial Loans: Enter the amount of Total Other Income (Schedule 1-C) in Column A. Add the
amount entered in Column A to other income previously reported for this calendar year, if any, and enter the amount in
Column B, Calendar Year-to-Date.
Total Receipts: Add the amounts entered on lines 1-A, 1-B and 1-C, in Column A and enter the total in Total Receipts. Add
the amount of Total Receipts previously reported, if any, and enter the amount in Column B, Calendar Year-to-Date.
Disbursements
2A. Gross Expenditures: Enter the amount from Total Expenditures (Schedule 2-A) in Column A of the Summary page. Add
the amount in Column A to expenditures previously reported for this calendar year, if any, and enter the amount in Column B,
Calendar Year-to-Date.
2B. Contributions to Committees (Transfers-Out): Enter the amount from Total Contributions (Transfers-Out) Made to
Committees (Schedule 2-B) in Column A of the Summary page. Add the amount in Column A to contributions previously
reported for this calendar year, if any, and enter the amount in Column B, Calendar Year-to-Date.
Total Disbursements: Add the amounts entered on lines 2-A and 2-B in Column A and enter the total in Total Disbursements.
Add this amount to Total Disbursements previously reported, if any, and enter the amount in Column B, Calendar Year-to-Date.
Cash Summary
Cash Balance Beginning of Report: If this report is the first report filed by the committee, the cash balance will be zero. If
this is not the first report filed by the committee, enter the cash balance from the end of the last report period. The beginning cash
balance of a report must always be the same as the ending cash balance of the prior report.
Total Receipts: Enter the amount from Total Receipts in Column A of the Summary page.
Subtotal: Add Cash Balance Beginning of Report to Total Receipts and enter the amount.
Total Disbursements: Enter the amount from Total Disbursements in Column A of the Summary page.
Cash Balance End of Report:
Subtract Total Disbursements from Subtotal and enter the amount. The cash balance at the end
of the report period should equal the reconciled balance in the checking account plus any savings or investment accounts.
Incurred Obligations: Enter the amount from Total Incurred Obligations (Schedule 3-A) in Column A of the Summary page.
Incurred obligations must be carried forward on each report until paid in full.
Loans:
Enter the amount from the Total Outstanding Loans (Schedule 3-B) in Column A of the Summary page. Loans must be
carried forward on each report until paid in full.
Sign and Date the Report
The treasurer or candidate must sign and date each report filed. Each report must be complete, correct, and in compliance with
the reporting format. Please include a daytime phone number and a contact person if someone other than the treasurer prepares
the report.
SCHEDULE 1-A
RECEIPTS
Contributions (Including Loans) From Individuals
Page ____ of ____
Complete Committee Name
Instructions for completing schedules are on the back of each schedule.
Date Full Name, Mailing Address and Zip Code
Of Contributor
Occupation (if year-to-date total exceeds $200) Amount of
Contribution
Y-T-D
Total
Check if: In-Kind Loan Conduit – Ethics ID#
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Check if: In-Kind Loan Conduit – Ethics ID#
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Check if: In-Kind Loan Conduit – Ethics ID#
__________________
Check if: In-Kind Loan Conduit – Ethics ID#
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Check if: In-Kind Loan Conduit – Ethics ID#
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Check if: In-Kind Loan Conduit – Ethics ID#
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Check if: In-Kind Loan Conduit – Ethics ID#
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SUBTOTAL ITEMIZED CONTRIBUTIONS THIS PAGE
$
TOTAL ITEMIZED CONTRIBUTIONS
$
TOTAL ANONYMOUS CONTRIBUTIONS $10 OR LESS
$
TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM INDIVIDUALS
$
Instructions for Completing Schedule 1-A
RECEIPTS - Contributions (Including Loans) From Individuals
General Instructions:
Print or type the complete name of your committee in the box provided.
Duplicate as many pages as you will need in order to report contributions, including loans from individuals, on this form.
Enter the number of Schedule 1-A pages in the upper right corner of the form.
Date: Enter the date (month, day, year) each contribution was RECEIVED. Do not enter the date that appears on the
contributor’s check or the date deposited, unless it is the same as the date received (is in committee’s possession and control).
Full Name, Mailing Address, and Zip Code:
1. Enter the full name and address of the contributor.
2. For single or cumulative contributions totaling over $200 in a calendar year: Enter the full name and address of the
contributor. Enter the occupation.
Calendar Year-to-Date Total: Add contributions previously received this calendar year, from this contributor to the
contributions received in this report period. The Calendar Year-to-Date Total for an individual must always be entered. The
Current Amount and Year-to-Date Total will be identical on the first report period of the calendar year. Once the individual’s
Calendar Year-to-Date Total exceeds $200, you must enter the contributor’s occupation.
Subtotal Itemized Contributions this page: Enter the total of all the contributions listed on this page. If additional pages
are used, enter the subtotal for each separate page.
Total Itemized Contributions: Add the subtotals from all pages of Schedule 1-A. If more than one page, enter the total on
only the last page of Schedule 1-A.
Total Anonymous Contributions $10 or less: Enter the total of anonymous contributions of $10 or less only on the last
page of Schedule 1-A.
Total Contributions Received from Individuals: Add the total Itemized contributions to the Total Anonymous
Contributions $10 or Less and enter the amount only on the last page of Schedule 1-A.
Special Instructions:
Contributions and loans from individuals on Schedule 1-A include any cash, personal or individual loans, purchase of
tickets to fundraising events, memberships, gifts, advances, in-kind contributions, and all other personal contributions
from an individual including the candidate. An in-kind contribution is any goods, property, or services provided to the
committee free or for less than the fair market value. (Volunteer services are not a contribution).
In-kind contributions from individuals must also be reported as in-kind expenditures on Schedule 2-A to avoid
distortion of the cash balance.
When the contribution is in-kind, a loan, or is received through a conduit, check the appropriate box in the section where
the contribution is listed. If you receive a personal check or cash, no box needs to be checked.
Contributions from individuals transferred through conduits are reported on Schedule 1-A under the individual
contributor’s name with the name of the conduit listed. The transmittal letter accompanying the conduit check, identifies
the conduit and lists the individuals who are the original sources of the contributions. These contributions are subject to
itemization on the same basis as other individual contributions; if over $200, the occupation must be provided.
Any individual loans, either from the candidate or from another individual, must be reported on Schedule 1-A and on
Schedule 3-B, Additional Disclosure, Loans, until paid in full. Loans from individuals are subject to individual
contribution limits (see Campaign Finance Overview).
Each contributor’s name, address, and amount must be listed separately. Contributions from joint accounts shall be
reported as coming from the individual signing the check, unless the signor indicates otherwise. If the amount is divided,
each individual must be itemized separately. Do not report a contribution as coming from more than one individual.
All receipts, including those from raffles, auctions, garage sales or other similar events must be itemized unless the
contribution is anonymous and totals $10 or less.
Do not report contributions from political action committees, political party committees, or other candidate committees on
Schedule 1-A. These contributions must be reported on Schedule 1-B.
SCHEDULE 1-B
RECEIPTS
Page ____ of ____
Contributions from Committees
(Transfers-In)
Complete Committee Name
Instructions for completing schedules are on the back of each schedule.
Date Full Name of Committee, Mailing Address and Zip Code Amount of Contribution
Check if: In-Kind Loan
Check if: In-Kind Loan
Check if: In-Kind Loan
Check if: In-Kind Loan
Check if: In-Kind Loan
Check if: In-Kind Loan
Check if: In-Kind Loan
Check if: In-Kind Loan
Check if: In-Kind Loan
SUBTOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS (Transfers-In) THIS PAGE
$
TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS (Transfers-In) RECEIVED FROM COMMITTEES
$
Instructions for Completing Schedule 1-B
RECEIPTS
Contributions From Committees (Transfers-In)
General Instructions:
Print or type the complete name of your committee in the box provided.
Duplicate as many pages as you will need in order to report contributions from committees (transfers-in) on this form.
Enter the number of Schedule 1-B pages in the upper right corner of the form.
Each contribution received from a committee must be itemized regardless of the amount.
Date:
Enter the date (month, day, year) each contribution was received. DO NOT enter the date which appears on the contributor’s
check or the date deposited, unless it is the same as the date received.
Complete Name and Address of Committee:
Enter the full name and address of each contributor.
Amount:
Enter the amount of the contribution this period.
Calendar Year-to-Date Total:
Add contributions previously received this calendar year, from this committee to the contributions received in this report period.
The Calendar Year-to-Date Total for a committee must always be entered. The Current Amount and Year-to-Date Total will be
identical on the first report period of the calendar year.
Subtotal Contributions (Transfers-In) This Page:
Enter the total of all the contributions (transfers-in) listed on this page. If additional pages are needed, enter the subtotal for
each separate page.
Total Contributions (Transfers-In) Received from Committees:
Add the subtotals from all pages of Schedule 1-B. If more than one page, enter the total on only the last page of Schedule 1-B.
Special Instructions:
Contributions transferred through conduits are reported as individual contributions on Schedule 1-A.
In reporting contributions from committees, provide the complete name and address of each committee making a
contribution.
Contributions From Committees (Transfers-In) consist of any funds received from a political party committee, political
action committee, candidate committee or a legislative campaign committee.
In-kind contributions from a committee must also be reported as an in-kind offset in Schedule 2-A to avoid distortion of the
cash balance. An in-kind contribution is any goods, service, or property provided to the committee free or for less than the
fair market value. (Volunteer services are not a contribution.)
When the contribution is in-kind, check the in-kind box in the section where the contribution is listed.
Contributions received from sole-proprietorships, partnerships, or qualifying LLCs, must be reported as individual
contributions in Schedule 1-A. Contributions from partnerships must reflect the partners’ share in the partnership unless
otherwise specified.
Contributions may not be accepted from corporations, cooperatives, associations, unions, or tribes.
SCHEDULE 1-C
RECEIPTS
Other Income and Commercial Loans
Page ____ of ____
Complete Committee Name
Instructions for completing schedules are on the back of each schedule.
Date Full Name, Mailing Address and Zip Code
of Source of Income
Type of Income Amount
h
h
h
SUBTOTAL OTHER INCOME THIS PAGE
$
TOTAL ITEMIZED OTHER INCOME
$
TOTAL OTHER INCOME
$
Instructions for Completing Schedule 1-C RECEIPTS
Other Income and Commercial Loans
G
eneral Instructions:
Print or type the complete name of your committee in the box provided.
Duplicate as many pages as you will need in order to report other income and commercial loans on this form.
Enter the number of Schedule 1-C pages in the upper right corner of the form.
Date:
Enter the date (month, day, year) other income and commercial loans were RECEIVED.
Full Name, Mailing Address and Zip Code of Source of Income:
Identify the source of income by providing the name and address of the commercial lending institution. Provide the name and
address of any person or business from which other income was received.
Describe Type of Income:
Describe the type of income, e.g., loan from commercial lender for campaign expenses, refund from utility, refund of an
over-payment to a vendor, interest on savings, or returned or lost contribution checks previously listed on Schedule 2-B, etc.
Use more than one box or attach an additional sheet if needed.
Amount:
Enter the amount of other income and commercial loans for this period only.
Subtotal Other Income This Page:
Enter the total of all the other income itemized on this page. If additional pages are used, enter the subtotal for each separate
page.
Total Itemized Other Income:
Add the subtotals from all pages of Schedule 1-C. If more than one page, enter the total on only the last page of Schedule 1-C.
Total Other Income:
Add the Total Other Income and enter the amount on only the last page of Schedule 1-C.
Special Instructions:
Personal loans from individuals (including the candidate) must be reported on Schedule 1-A.
Other income and commercial loans include loans received from any financial institution. Loans must also be listed
on Schedule 3-B, Additional Disclosure-Loans, until paid in full.
When a contribution given by your committee to another committee is returned to you, report the receipt of the
returned contribution in this schedule. Please indicate (under the Type of Income box) the original date your
contribution was given.
When a loan from a commercial lending institution is guaranteed by individuals, the full name and mailing address of
each guarantor and the balance of the amount guaranteed by each guarantor at the end of the reporting period must be
reported on Schedule 3-B. The amount of the guarantee is considered a contribution from the guarantor and subject
to individual contribution limits until the amount is repaid to the lending institution.
Other income includes refunds and interest received. Receipts from fundraising events (auctions, dinners, etc.) and
from the sale of commercial items for the purpose of raising funds for political purposes are contributions and must
be reported on Schedule 1-A or 1-B.
SCHEDULE 2-A
DISBURSEMENTS
Gross Expenditures
Page ___ of ___
Complete Committee Name
Instructions for completing schedules are on the back of each schedule.
Date
Full Name, Mailing Address and Zip Code
Of Person or Business to Whom Payment is Made
Specific Purpose of Expenditure
Amount
Check if: In-Kind Offset
Check if: In-Kind Offset
Check if: In-Kind Offset
Check if: In-Kind Offset
Check if: In-Kind Offset
Check if: In-Kind Offset
Check if: In-Kind Offset
Check if: In-Kind Offset
SUBTOTAL ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES THIS PAGE
$
TOTAL ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES
$
TOTAL UNITEMIZED EXPENDITURES
$
TOTAL EXPENDITURES
$
Instructions for Completing Schedule 2-A
D
ISBURSEMENTS
Gross Expenditures
General Instructions:
Print or type the complete name of your committee in the box provided.
Duplicate as many pages as you will need in order to report gross expenditures on this form.
Enter the number of Schedule 2-A pages in the upper right corner of the form.
Date: Enter the date (month, day, year) the disbursement was made.
Full Name, Mailing Address, and Zip Code of Person or Business to Whom Payment Is Made: Enter the name and
complete address of the person or business to whom payments were made.
Specific Purpose of Expenditure: Enter the specific purpose of the expenditure. A complete description of the type of
expenditure or reimbursement must be given (i.e., food for fundraiser or campaign T-shirts for resale). You may use more
than one box or attach an additional sheet if needed.
Subtotal Itemized Expenditures This Page: Enter the total of all the expenditures listed on this page. If additional pages
are used, enter the subtotal for each separate page.
Total Itemized Expenditures: Add the subtotals from all pages of Schedule 2-A. If more than one page, enter the total
itemized on only the last page of Schedule 2-A.
Total Unitemized Expenditures: Enter the total of unitemized expenditures that are specifically exempted by statute from
the normal itemization requirements. (For example, expenses of $20 or less (§11.0204(1)(a) 8.); expenses for a PAC or
independent expenditure committee’s fundraising or administrative expenses (§11.0101 (10)(a)); and spending on express
advocacy before reaching the $2,500 threshold (§11.0505(2)(a) and §11.0605(2)(a)). Place the totalon only the last page of
Schedule 2-A. Note: If you choose to itemize an expenditure,
DO NOT include that amount again in the total of unitemized
expenditures.
Total Expenditures: Add the Total Itemized Expenditures to the Total Unitemized Expenditures, and enter the amount on
the last page of Schedule 2-A.
Special Instructions:
Only expenditures of more than $20 must be itemized. Expenditures of $20 or less should be totaled and reported as
unitemized expenditures.
Expenditures for general services, such as consulting, data processing, or reimbursement, should be broken down into the
specific services rendered, e.g., salary, travel, data entry, polling.
In-kind contributions reported in Schedule 1-A or 1-B, must also be reported as in-kind offsets in Schedule 2-A.
Expenditures incurred for in-kind contributions to other registrants must be reported in Schedule 2-B,
NOT 2-A. See
instructions on Schedule 2-B.
All expenditures must be made from the campaign depository and must be used for political purposes only.
It is permissible for a candidate or an agent of a committee to pay for items from personal funds as long as receipts are
submitted to the treasurer for reimbursement from the depository. Reporting of a reimbursement must include information
that describes the nature of the original expenditure, and the original vendor of the good(s) or service(s).
It is permissible to maintain a petty cash account to pay for minor items provided that funds for the petty cash account are
drawn from the campaign depository and that a record of the transactions is kept. Expenditures over $100 must be paid by
negotiable instrument, and be itemized on the report. Expenditures of $20 or less may be included in unitemized
expenditures. If itemized, the purpose of each expenditure must be provided. Only the specific expenditures are reported.
Contributions received, deposited, and later returned to the original contributor must be reported as an expense in Schedule
2-A.
SCHEDULE 2-B
DISBURSEMENTS
Contributions To Committees
(Transfers-Out)
Page _____ of _____
Complete Committee Name
Instructions for completing schedules are on the back of each schedule.
Date
Full Name, Mailing Address and Zip Code Amount Y-T-D
Total
Check if: In-Kind Loan
Check if: In-Kind Loan
Check if: In-Kind Loan
Check if: In-Kind Loan
Check if: In-Kind Loan
Check if: In-Kind Loan
Check if: In-Kind Loan
Check if: In-Kind Loan
Check if: In-Kind Loan
SUBTOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS (Transfers-Out) THIS PAGE
$
TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS (Transfers-Out) MADE TO COMMITTEES
$
Instructions for Completing Schedule 2-B
D
ISBURSEMENTS
Contributions to Committees
General Instructions:
Print or type the complete name of your committee in the box provided.
Duplicate as many pages as you will need in order to use this form to report Contributions to Committees
(Transfers-Out). Enter the number of Schedule 2-B pages in the upper right corner of the form.
Each contribution made to another committee must be itemized regardless of the amount.
Date:
Enter the date (month, day, year) that each contribution was made to another committee.
Complete Name and Address of Committee:
Enter the full name and address of each committee.
Amount:
Enter the amount of the contribution given in this period.
Calendar Year-to-Date Total:
Add contributions previously given this calendar year to this committee, to the contributions given in this report period.
The Calendar Year-to-Date Total for a committee must always be entered. The Current Amount and Year-to-Date Total
will be identical on the first report period of the calendar year.
Subtotal Contributions (Transfers-Out) This Page:
Enter the total of all the contributions (Transfers-Out) listed on this page. If additional pages are used, enter the subtotal
for each separate page.
Total Contributions (Transfers-Out) Made to Committees:
Add the subtotals from all pages of Schedule 2-B. If more than one page, enter the total on only the last page of
Schedule 2-B.
Special Instructions:
If a contribution is made to a candidate for local office, please print the word “Local” in the space for the ID#. This
would include candidates for municipal, school district, and county office. Note: District Attorney and Circuit
Court Judge are considered state offices.
Contributions to Committees (Transfers-Out) consist of any funds contributed to a political party committee,
political action committee, political group (referenda), candidate committee, or legislative campaign committee.
When the contribution is in-kind, check the in-kind box in the section where the contribution is listed.
When the contribution is a loan, check the loan box in the section where the contribution is listed.
For each in-kind contribution, the name and address of the candidate or committee receiving the contribution must
be listed, along with the name and address of the person or business to whom payment was made and the amount and
date of the in-kind contribution.
1. If the committee purchases goods or services and gives them to another committee in the same reporting period
as an in-kind contribution, the amount must be reported only once as an expense on Schedule 2-B.
2. If the committee already possesses goods or services and gives them to another committee as an in-kind
contribution, please note that this is a non-monetary contribution.
Incurred Obligations Excluding Loans
ADDITIONAL DISCLOSURE
SCHEDULE 3-A
Page ____ of ____
Complete Committee Name
Instructions for completing schedules are on the back of each schedule.
Outstanding
Balance Beginning
This Period
New Obligations or
Additions
This Period
Cumulative Payments
This Period
Outstanding Balance
At Close of This
Period
Date
/ /
Full Name, Mailing Address and Zip Code of Creditor
Nature of Debt (Purpose)
Date
/ /
Full Name, Mailing Address and Zip Code of Creditor
Nature of Debt (Purpose)
Date
/ /
Full Name, Mailing Address and Zip Code of Creditor
Nature of Debt (Purpose)
Date
/ /
Full Name, Mailing Address and Zip Code of Creditor
Nature of Debt (Purpose)
Date
/ /
Full Name, Mailing Address and Zip Code of Creditor
Nature of Debt (Purpose)
Date
/ /
Full Name, Mailing Address and Zip Code of Creditor
Nature of Debt (Purpose)
Date
/ /
Full Name, Mailing Address and Zip Code of Creditor
Nature of Debt (Purpose)
Date
/ /
Full Name, Mailing Address and Zip Code of Creditor
Nature of Debt (Purpose)
SUBTOTAL ITEMIZED OBLIGATIONS THIS PAGE $
TOTAL ITEMIZED OBLIGATIONS $
TOTAL UNITEMIZED OBLIGATIONS $20 OR LESS $
TOTAL INCURRED OBLIGATIONS $
Instructions for Completing Schedule 3-A
Incurred Obligations Excluding Loans
ADDITIONAL DISCLOSURE
General Instructions:
Print or type the complete name of your committee in the box provided.
Duplicate as many pages as you will need in order to report incurred obligations on this form.
Enter the number of Schedule 3-A pages in the upper right corner of the form.
Date: Enter the date (month, day, year) the obligation was incurred.
Full Name, Mailing Address, and Zip Code of Creditor:
Enter the complete name and address of the creditor.
Nature of Debt (Purpose):
Describe the specific purpose for which the obligation was incurred (See Schedule 2-A for instructions).
Balance Columns:
In the first column, enter the amount, if any, at the beginning of this report period. If this is a new obligation, there is no
beginning balance. If this is an existing obligation, the beginning balance should equal the previous report period’s
closing balance. In the second column, enter the amount of any new obligations or additions to existing obligations. In
the third column, enter any payments made this report period (payments this period must also be reported in Schedule
2-A). In the fourth column, enter the outstanding balance at the close of this report period. Note: If there is a remaining
balance, it must be carried forward to the next report’s beginning balance.
Subtotal Itemized Obligations:
Enter the total of all the incurred obligations listed on this page. If additional pages are used, enter the subtotal for each
separate page.
Total Itemized Obligations:
Add the subtotals from all pages of Schedule 3-A. If more than one page, enter the total on only the last page of
Schedule 3-A.
Total Unitemized Obligations $20 or less:
Enter the total unitemized obligations of $20 or less on only the last page of Schedule 3-A.
Total Incurred Obligations:
Add the Total Itemized Obligations to the Total Unitemized Obligations $20 or Less and enter the amount on only the
last page of Schedule 3-A.
Special Instructions:
Incurred obligations are to be reported when an enforceable agreement has been reached. If the exact amount of the
obligation has not yet been defined then the amount of the obligation must be estimated. Although the committee
may not have received a bill, the amount recorded should be a good faith estimate of the amount owed.
The balance of all incurred obligations should be reported from the time incurred until paid in full.
Each obligation must be carried forward on subsequent reports until the obligation has been reduced to zero.
When a payment is made on an obligation, the transaction should be reported as a payment on Schedule 3-A and as an
expenditure on Schedule 2-A.
If the committee has a dispute over the amount owed to a vendor, this must be noted in the “purpose”.
SCHEDULE 3-B
Loans
Individual, Committee or Commercial
ADDITIONAL DISCLOSURE
Page ____ of ____
Complete Committee Name
Instructions for completing schedules are on the back of each schedule.
Full Name, Mailing Address and Zip Code of Loan Source Outstanding
Obligations
Beginning of This
Period
New Loans This
Period
Cumulative
Payments
This Period
Outstanding
Obligations
End of This Period
Date
/ /
List All Endorsers or Guarantors (if any)
Full Name, Mailing Address and Zip Code
of Guarantor
Occupation
Amount Guaranteed Outstanding
$
Full Name, Mailing Address and Zip Code
of Guarantor
Occupation
Amount Guaranteed Outstanding
$
Full Name, Mailing Address and Zip Code of Loan Source Outstanding
Obligations
Beginning of This
Period
New Loans This
Period
Cumulative
Payments
This Period
Outstanding
Obligations
End of This Period
Date
/ /
List All Endorsers or Guarantors (if any)
Full Name, Mailing Address and Zip Code
of Guarantor
Occupation
Amount Guaranteed Outstanding
$
Full Name, Mailing Address and Zip Code
of Guarantor
Occupation
Amount Guaranteed Outstanding
$
Full Name, Mailing Address and Zip Code of Loan Source Outstanding
Obligations
Beginning of This
Period
New Loans This
Period
Cumulative
Payments
This Period
Outstanding
Obligations
End of This Period
Date
/ /
List All Endorsers or Guarantors (if any)
Full Name, Mailing Address and Zip Code
of Guarantor
Occupation
Amount Guaranteed Outstanding
$
Full Name, Mailing Address and Zip Code
of Guarantor
Occupation
Amount Guaranteed Outstanding
$
SUBTOTAL OUTSTANDING LOANS THIS PAGE $
TOTAL OUTSTANDING LOANS $
Instructions for Completing Schedule 3-B
Loans – Individual, Committee or Commercial
ADDITIONAL DISCLOSURE
General Instructions:
Print or type the complete name of your committee in the box provided.
Duplicate as many pages as you will need in order to report loans on this form.
Enter the number of Schedule 3-B pages in the upper right corner of the form.
Date:
Enter the date (month, day, year) the loan was made.
Full Name, Mailing Address, and Zip Code of Loan Source:
Enter the complete name and address of the loan source.
Balance Columns:
In the first column, enter the actual amount at the beginning of this reporting period. If this is a new loan, the outstanding
beginning balance is zero and the amount of the loan is recorded under the section “New Loans This Period”. If this is an
existing loan, the outstanding beginning balance should equal the previous report period’s closing (outstanding) balance.
In the third column, enter any payments made during this report period (payments made this period must also be reported
in Schedule 2-A). In the fourth column, enter the outstanding balance at the end of this report period. Note: If there is a
remaining balance, it must be carried forward to the next report’s beginning balance.
List All Endorsers or Guarantors (If Any):
In the space provided on the form, provide the full name, mailing address and zip code of any guarantors of loans. Enter
the amount guaranteed which is outstanding at the end of the reporting period for each guarantor. See the notes below on
how to apportion loan guarantees. If the amount guaranteed exceeds $200, enter the guarantor’s occupation.
Special Instructions:
A loan guarantee is considered a contribution from the guarantor until the loan is repaid.
If more than one person guarantees a loan, the amount of the loan is assigned to the guarantors in equal shares, in the
proportion that the guarantors bear to the total amount guaranteed unless a different share is specified in the loan
instrument.
When a payment which reduces the unpaid balance of the loan is made to the lending institution, the amount assigned
to each guarantor is reduced in equal shares, unless a different share is specified in the loan instrument.
The outstanding amount of a loan or loan guarantee plus the total contributions to the campaign by the guarantor may
not exceed the individual contribution limit.
Any reductions in loans which are not offset by expenditures in Schedule 2-A must be explained (e.g., candidate
forgives self loans).
Form: CF-2NA (Rev. 01/2018) Prescribed by: S  W, Ethics Commission
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S  W
SECTION D: CERTIFICATION
I certify that the above named registrant has not engaged in any financial transactions during the period covered by this report and that the cash balance remains
the same as previously reported. This report fulfills the requirements under Wਉਓ. Sਔਁਔ. § 11.0103(3)(d).
Authorized Representative
D1. Printed Name
D2. Signature D3. Date
SECTION A: REGISTRANT INFORMATION
A1. Name of Committee/Conduit (in full)
A2. Committee/Conduit ID Number (if applicable) A3. Email A4. Phone
A5. Mailing Address A6. City A7. State A8. Zip
Filing Exemption
Registrants that will not accept contributions, make disbursements, or incur obligations in an
aggregate amount of more than $2,000 in a calendar year are eligible for exemption from filing
campaign finance reports. Exempt status is effective only for the calendar year in which it is
granted. Registrants wishing to remain on exempt status must renew each year. Candidates may
not claim exemption in the year of their election before the day they appear on the ballot.
C1. Exemption Request and Affirmation
Yes, this registrant is eligible for a filing exemption
and would like to request an exemption for this
calendar year.
No, this registrant is not requesting exemption
SECTION C: LIMITED ACTIVITY REPORTING EXEMPTION (OPTIONAL)
B3. Reporting Period Start Date
B4. Reporting Period End Date
Reporting Period
The start date for your campaign finance report should be the day following the end date of your
previous campaign finance. Example: If your previous report had a start date of January 1 and
an end date of June 30, this report should have a start date of July 1.
Review the filing calendar with reporting periods online at: https://Ethics.wi.gov/FilingCalendar
Party and Legislative Campaign Committees Only
B5. Is This Report for Your General Fund or Segregated Fund Account? (Choose One)
General Fund Segregated Fund
SECTION B: REPORT INFORMATION
B2. Special Election
Date (if applicable)
B1. Report Type (Choose One)
January Continuing Spring Pre-Primary Fall Pre-Primary Special Pre-Primary
July Continuing Spring Pre-Election September Special Pre-Election
Fall Pre-Election Special Post-Election
Note: Use of this form is required by the Ethics Commission for reporting no activity in a campaign finance filing
period. Completion of this form is mandatory for committees that file on paper. It is not the Commission’s intention to
use any personally identifiable information from this form for any other purpose.
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