Audit: Nearly 15 percent of Wisconsin lobbyists operated without authorization

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Nearly 15 percent of Wisconsin lobbyists apparently tried to influence lawmakers and other state officials in 2017 without being authorized to do so, according to a new state report. The lobbyists and lobbying groups that may have violated the authorization requirement were not named in the report. > Wisconsin State Journal

Industry lobbyists and state lawmakers put public at risk on air pollution

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It’s no surprise to Wisconsinites that wealthy industry heads and lobbyists have been the primary beneficiaries of the Walker administration, who has been eager to gift regulatory rollbacks to industry donors. Here is the “who, what, when, and how” as it applies to the repeal of Wisconsin’s longstanding air pollution regulations. > Cap Times

Inside man: How lobbyists like Eric J. Petersen work the state Capitol, and what is changing

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Eric J. Petersen is a lobbyist, known as a go-to for turning Wisconsin business interests into laws. He is a key player in the state Capitol who comes from a deep lobbying legacy and represents two of Wisconsin’s oldest and most influential business groups: road builders and liquor wholesalers. > Cap Times

Koch-backed Texas group begins lobbying in Wisconsin

A rightwing group called the Texas Public Policy Foundation started lobbying in Wisconsin for the first time last month. So far this session, the group, which has ties to Charles and David Koch, has taken positions on about a dozen crime and occupational-licensing bills.  >  Wisconsin Democracy Campaign