(a) Acknowledge each qualifying contribution by a receipt to the contributor 6
which contains the contributor's name and home address.
(b) No later than the 15th or the last day of the month which immediately 8
follows the date of receipt of a qualifying contribution, whichever comes first, file a 9
copy of the receipt under par. (a) with the board, except that during July, August, and 10
September a copy need only be filed by the last day of the month.
A qualifying contribution may be used only for the purpose of making a 12
disbursement authorized by law.
1311.503 Time of application. (1)
Before a candidate may be certified as 14
eligible for receipt of a public financing benefit for the spring election, the candidate 15
shall apply to the board and file a sworn statement that the candidate has fulfilled 16
all the requirements of ss. 11.502 to 11.522 during the primary election campaign 17
period and will comply with such requirements during the election campaign period. 18
Except as authorized in s. 8.35 (4) (b), the application shall be filed no later than the 19
7th day after the date of the spring primary or the date that the primary election 20
would be held if a primary were required.
The board shall certify a candidate as an eligible candidate for receipt of a 22
public financing benefit for the spring election if the candidate complies with sub. (1) 23
and the candidate was an eligible candidate during the primary election campaign 24
111.505 Agreement by candidate.
An eligible candidate who accepts a public 2
financing benefit under ss. 11.502 to 11.522 during the primary election campaign 3
period shall agree to comply with all requirements of ss. 11.502 to 11.522 throughout 4
the election campaign period during the same campaign as a precondition to receipt 5
of a public financing benefit. An eligible candidate who accepts a public financing 6
benefit during a primary election campaign period may not elect to accept private 7
contributions in violation of ss. 11.502 to 11.522 during the corresponding election 8
911.506 Requirements imposed upon candidates. (1)
An eligible 10
candidate shall not accept private contributions other than seed money 11
contributions and qualifying contributions that the candidate accepts during the 12
exploratory period and the public financing qualifying period.
In addition to reports required to be filed under ss. 11.12 (5) and 11.20, a 14
candidate who receives a public financing benefit shall furnish complete financial 15
records, including records of seed money contributions, qualifying contributions, and 16
disbursements, to the board on the 15th or the last day of the month that 17
immediately follows the receipt of the contribution or the making of the 18
disbursement, whichever comes first, except that during July, August, and 19
September records need only be furnished by the last day of the month. Each such 20
candidate shall cooperate with any audit or examination by the board.
In addition to adhering to requirements imposed under ss. 11.06 (5) and 22
11.12 (3), a candidate who receives a public financing benefit shall maintain records 23
of all contributions received by the candidate of more than $5 but less than $50, 24
including seed money contributions and qualifying contributions, which shall 25
contain the full name of the contributor and the contributor's full home address. In
addition, if a contributor's aggregate contributions to any candidate exceed $50 for 2
any campaign, the candidate shall also maintain a record of the contributor's 3
principal occupation and the name and business address of the contributor's place 4
The failure to record or provide the information specified in sub. (3) 6
disqualifies a contribution from being used by a candidate as a qualifying 7
No eligible candidate and no person acting on a candidate's behalf may 9
deposit any contribution that is not recorded in accordance with sub. (3) in a 10
candidate's campaign depository account.
No eligible candidate may accept more than $25 in cash from any 12
contributor. No eligible candidate may accept cash from all sources in a total amount 13
greater than one-tenth of 1 percent of the public financing benefit for the office that 14
the candidate seeks or $500, whichever is greater.
1511.507 Personal funds of candidates.
The personal funds of a candidate 16
contributed as seed money contributions may not exceed an aggregate amount of 17
No eligible candidate may make any disbursement derived from personal 19
funds after the close of the public financing qualifying period.
2011.508 Seed money contributions. (1)
An eligible candidate may accept 21
seed money contributions from any individual or committee prior to the end of the 22
public financing qualifying period, provided the total contributions received from one 23
contributor, except personal funds and qualifying contributions otherwise permitted 24
under ss. 11.502 to 11.522, do not exceed $100, and the aggregate contributions,
including personal funds, but not including qualifying contributions, do not exceed 2
An eligible candidate may make disbursements derived from seed money 4
contributions only during the exploratory period and the public financing qualifying 5
611.509 Excess contributions.
If an eligible candidate receives and accepts 7
excess seed money contributions or qualifying contributions in an aggregate amount 8
greater than the limits prescribed in s. 11.502 (2) or 11.508 (1), the candidate shall 9
transfer to the board all seed money and qualifying contributions that exceed the 10
limits prescribed in this section within 48 hours after the end of the public financing 11
qualifying period. The board shall deposit all contributions transferred under this 12
section in the democracy trust fund.
1311.51 Certification by candidate. (1)
To apply for a public financing benefit, 14
a candidate shall certify to the board that the candidate has complied and will 15
comply, throughout the applicable campaign, with all requirements of ss. 11.502 to 16
11.522 and that all disclosures required as of the time of application have been made, 17
and shall present evidence of the requisite number of qualifying contributions 18
received by the candidate. The candidate's request for certification shall be signed 19
by the candidate and the candidate's campaign treasurer.
The board shall certify to the state treasurer the name of each eligible 21
candidate at the spring primary together with the amount of the public financing 22
benefit payable to the candidate promptly after the candidate demonstrates his or 23
her eligibility and, in any event, not later than 5 days after the end of the public 24
financing qualifying period. The state treasurer shall immediately credit that 25
candidate's account with a line of credit for the amount certified. No candidate may
utilize a line of credit received under this subsection until the beginning of the 2
primary election campaign period.
The board shall certify to the state treasurer the name of each eligible 4
candidate at the spring election together with the amount of the public financing 5
benefit payable to the candidate not later than 48 hours after the date of the spring 6
primary election for the office of justice, or the date that the primary election would 7
be held if a primary were required. The state treasurer shall immediately credit that 8
candidate's account with a line of credit for the amount certified. However, no 9
candidate for a particular office shall receive a line of credit until all candidates for 10
the office of justice who apply and qualify for a public financing benefit have been 11
certified as eligible candidates.
If any candidate who receives a public financing benefit violates the 13
requirements of ss. 11.502 to 11.522, the board shall require the candidate to repay 14
the amount obligated by the candidate from the democracy trust fund for the primary 15
or election campaign period for which the candidate received the benefit. The board 16
shall deposit all repayments received under this subsection in the democracy trust 17
1811.511 Public financing benefits. (1)
The state treasurer shall provide to 19
each eligible candidate who qualifies to receive a public financing benefit for the 20
primary or election campaign period separate lines of credit for the public financing 21
benefits payable to the candidate for the primary and election campaign periods in 22
the amounts specified in this section. An eligible candidate may use this public 23
financing benefit to finance any lawful disbursements during the primary and 24
election campaign periods to further the election of the candidate in that primary or
election. An eligible candidate shall not use this public financing benefit to repay any 2
loan, or in violation of ss. 11.502 to 11.522 or any other applicable law.
The public financing benefit for a primary election campaign period is 4
The public financing benefit for an election campaign period is $300,000.
If there is no spring primary for the office of justice, no eligible candidate 7
may receive a public financing benefit for the primary election campaign period.
An eligible candidate who receives a public financing benefit in the 9
primary election campaign period and whose name is certified to appear on the ballot 10
at the election following that primary may utilize any unencumbered balance of the 11
public financing benefit received by the candidate in the primary election campaign 12
period for the election campaign period.
Except as permitted in sub. (5g), an eligible candidate who receives a 14
public financing benefit and who does not encumber or expend some portion of the 15
benefit for a purpose described in sub. (1) shall return any unencumbered portion of 16
the benefit to the board within 30 days after the primary or election in which the 17
Notwithstanding subs. (2) and (3), beginning on July 1, 2018, and every 2 19
years thereafter, the board shall modify the public financing benefits provided for in 20
subs. (2) and (3) to adjust for the change in the consumer price index, all items, U.S. 21
city average, published by the U.S. department of labor for the preceding 2-year 22
period ending on December 31.
No candidate for the office of justice who files an application for a public 24
financing benefit and certification under s. 11.51 (1) and who accepts a public 25
financing benefit may make or authorize total disbursements in a campaign,
beginning with the first day of the exploratory period and ending on the date of the 2
spring election, to the extent of more than the maximum amounts specified in ss. 3
11.502 (2) and 11.508 (1), plus the amount specified in s. 11.511 (3), as adjusted under 4
s. 11.511 (6), and, if there is a primary for the office of justice, the amount specified 5
in s. 11.511 (2), as adjusted under s. 11.511 (6).
611.515 Democracy trust fund.
The democracy trust fund shall be 7
administered by the state treasurer. The state treasurer shall establish an account 8
within the fund for each eligible candidate.
Except as otherwise specifically provided in ss. 10
11.501 to 11.522, the duties of and authority for administering and enforcing ss. 11
11.501 to 11.522 are vested in the board.
1211.517 Penalties; enforcement. (1)
Notwithstanding s. 11.60 (1), if an 13
eligible candidate makes disbursements that exceed the total amount of the public 14
financing benefit allocated to the candidate for any campaign and the total 15
qualifying and seed money contributions lawfully accepted by the candidate, the 16
candidate may be required to forfeit not more than 10 times the amount by which the 17
disbursements exceed the allocation.
Notwithstanding s. 11.60 (1), any eligible candidate who accepts 19
contributions in excess of any limitation imposed under ss. 11.502 to 11.522 may be 20
required to forfeit not more than 10 times the amount by which the contributions 21
exceed the applicable limitation.
If the board finds that there is probable cause to believe that an eligible 23
candidate has made excess disbursements or has accepted excess contributions 24
contrary to sub. (1) or (2), the board shall attempt for a period of not more than 14 25
days after its finding to correct the matter by informal methods of conference and
conciliation and to enter into a settlement and conciliation agreement under s. 5.05 2
(1) (c) with the person involved. A settlement and conciliation agreement made 3
pursuant to this subsection shall be a matter of public record. Unless violated, a 4
settlement and conciliation agreement is a bar to any civil action under sub. (4).
If the board has probable cause to believe that an eligible candidate has 6
made excess disbursements or has accepted excess contributions and the board is 7
unable to correct the matter by informal methods within the time prescribed in sub. 8
(3), the board shall make a public finding of probable cause in the matter. After 9
making a public finding, the board may bring a civil action against the eligible 10
candidate as provided in s. 5.05 (1) (c).
If an elector believes that an eligible candidate has violated ss. 11.502 to 12
11.522 and the elector is entitled to vote for or against the eligible candidate in the 13
election in connection with which the violation is alleged to occur, the elector may file 14
a complaint with the board requesting it to take remedial action. If the board refuses 15
to take remedial action or, within 30 days after the filing of such a complaint, fails 16
to take remedial action, the elector may commence a civil action requesting the court 17
to impose a forfeiture under sub. (1) or (2) in circuit court for the county where the 18
board is authorized to bring an action under s. 5.05 (1) (c).
The board and courts shall expedite all proceedings under ss. 11.502 to 20
11.522 so that all complaints brought prior to an election are resolved, to the extent 21
possible, before the election is held.
If a complaint brought under ss. 11.502 to 11.522 is resolved against the 23
complainant and is found to have been brought in bad faith and without reasonable 24
basis therefor, the board or court may assess costs, including reasonable attorney 25
fees, against the complainant.
111.518 Prohibited acts. (1)
Notwithstanding s. 11.61 (1) (c), if an eligible 2
candidate or agent of a candidate knowingly accepts more contributions than the 3
candidate is entitled to receive, or makes disbursements exceeding the total amount 4
of the public financing benefit received by the candidate and the qualifying and seed 5
money contributions lawfully received by the candidate, the candidate or agent is 6
guilty of a Class G felony.
Notwithstanding s. 11.61 (1) (c), if in connection with the receipt or 8
disbursement of a public financing benefit for an election campaign, any person 9
knowingly provides false information to the board, or knowingly conceals or 10
withholds information from the board, that person is guilty of a Class G felony.
1111.522 Contributions to nonparticipating candidates.
nonparticipating candidate may accept contributions from private sources without 13
limitation, except that no person may make any contribution or contributions to a 14
nonparticipating candidate exceeding a total of $1,000 during any campaign.
11.60 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
Except as otherwise provided in ss. 5.05 (2m) (c) 15. and 16. and (h), 17
5.08, and 5.081, actions under this section or 11.517
may be brought by the board or 18
by the district attorney for the county where the defendant resides or, if the 19
defendant is a nonresident, by the district attorney for the county where the violation 20
is alleged to have occurred. For purposes of this subsection, a person other than a 21
natural person resides within a county if the person's principal place of operation is 22
located within that county.
11.61 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
Except as otherwise provided in ss. 5.05 (2m) (c) 15. and 16. and (i), 25
5.08, and 5.081, all prosecutions under this section or s. 11.518
shall be conducted
by the district attorney for the county where the defendant resides or, if the 2
defendant is a nonresident, by the district attorney for the county where the violation 3
is alleged to have occurred. For purposes of this subsection, a person other than a 4
natural person resides within a county if the person's principal place of operation is 5
located within that county.
20.511 (1) (r) of the statutes is created to read:
(r) Democracy trust fund administration.
From the democracy trust 3
fund, the amounts in the schedule for the administration of ss. 11.501 to 11.522.
20.585 (1) (q) of the statutes is created to read:
(q) Public financing benefits; candidates for justice.
From the 6
democracy trust fund, a sum sufficient to provide for payment of public financing 7
benefits to eligible candidates under ss. 11.501 to 11.522.
20.585 (1) (r) of the statutes is created to read:
(r) Democracy trust fund administration.
From the democracy trust 10
fund, the amounts in the schedule for the administration of ss. 11.501 to 11.522.
20.855 (4) (ba) of the statutes is created to read:
(ba) Democracy trust fund payments.
A sum sufficient equal to the 13
amounts determined under s. 71.10 (3) to be paid into the democracy trust fund 14
annually on August 15.
20.855 (4) (bb) of the statutes is created to read:
(bb) Democracy trust fund transfer.
A sum sufficient equal to the 17
difference between the unencumbered balance in the democracy trust fund and the 18
amounts required to provide public financing benefits that candidates qualify to 19
receive from the democracy trust fund, to be transferred from the general fund to the 20
democracy trust fund no later than the time required to make payments of grants 21
under s. 11.51 (2) and (3).
25.17 (1) (cm) of the statutes is created to read:
(cm) Democracy trust fund (s. 25.421);
25.421 of the statutes is created to read:
125.421 Democracy trust fund.
All moneys appropriated under s. 20.855 (4) 2
(ba) and (bb) and all moneys deposited in the state treasury under ss. 11.509, 11.51 3
(4), and 11.511 (5r) constitute the democracy trust fund, to be expended for the 4
purposes of ss. 11.501 to 11.522.
71.10 (3) of the statutes is created to read:
71.10 (3) Campaign fund.
(a) Every individual filing an income tax return who 7
has a tax liability or is entitled to a tax refund may designate $2 for the democracy 8
trust fund for the use of eligible candidates under s. 11.51. If the individuals filing 9
a joint return have a tax liability or are entitled to a tax refund, each individual may 10
make a designation of $2 under this subsection.
(b) The secretary of revenue shall provide a place for those designations on the 12
face of the individual income tax return and shall provide next to that place a 13
statement that a designation will not increase tax liability. Annually on August 15, 14
the secretary of revenue shall certify to the government accountability board, the 15
department of administration and the state treasurer the total amount of 16
designations made during the preceding fiscal year. If any individual attempts to 17
place any condition or restriction upon a designation, that individual is deemed not 18
to have made a designation on his or her tax return.
(c) The names of persons making designations under this subsection shall be 20
(1) The treatment of section 71.10 (3) of the statutes first applies to taxable 23
years beginning on January 1 of the year in which this subsection takes effect, except 24
that if this subsection takes effect after July 31 the treatment first applies to taxable
years beginning on January 1 of the year following the year in which this subsection 2
(1) This act takes effect on December 1 following the date of publication.