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An individual is a lobbyist if he or she engages in activities that constitute
lobbying under the lobbying law, even if the activities are merely an outgrowth
of legal representation. Lobbying includes attempting to influence or
affect legislation or administrative rules, but does not include attempting to
influence other kinds of agency decisions. Discussions with state agencies
concerning the use of conventional construction bidding as opposed to
privatization for prisons, attempts to get a state agency to make payments
due your client, a conversation with a state agency regarding the effect of a
highway project on your client, contacts regarding a client’s proposal to
design buildings for the State of Wisconsin, and discussions with a state
agency concerning possible investment in a client do not appear to constitute
lobbying and an individual’s pursuit of these activities would not require the
individual to obtain a lobbying license or require the individual’s client to
register as a lobbying principal with the Ethics Board. OEB 93-1 (January
15, 1993)