About Us - State and Federal Communications

About Us

State and Federal Communications, Inc. has one mission – to ensure you and your organization can comply fully with the myriad and growing government compliance laws and regulations regarding lobbying, campaign finance, and procurement lobbying.
For almost 30 years, we’ve been providing compliance solutions to Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, law firms, and government affairs firms.

We offer our resources in two ways:

  • Our online guidebooks are designed for organizations that self direct and report their own lobbying and political contribution activities.
  • Our ALERTS™ consulting program takes the worry out of political compliance reporting by handling all of the details for you and your organization.

With either approach you choose, our team of expert compliance attorneys keep our information up to date and accurate at the federal, state, and local levels of government. We also offer an ever-growing amount of international political compliance services. We currently have information on Canada, Europe, and are expanding into Latin America.

State and Federal Communications, Inc. is The Compliance Standard for your government affairs needs in lobbying, political contributions, and procurement lobbying. You can count on us for experience, guidance, and solutions.

When the original company started in 1976 providing compliance publications services on State Lobbying Laws and also on Political Contributions, it opened a new frontier for access to information in these key fields. Today, our compliance information is instant, with online and up-to-date information provided on our website.

The future is exciting. We continue our long-standing relationships with our existing clients, many of whom we have served for more than 30 years, and look forward to working with new clients that are just learning about our array of services.

Elizabeth Z. Bartz
President and CEO
State and Federal Communications, Inc.


Timeline of key dates during State and Federal Communications’ history.

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State and Federal Associates, founded in Washington DC


Reporting Services” first offered by the original SF&A; producing two new compliance information publications:

  • Executive’s Handbook on State Lobbying Laws
  • Executive’s Handbook on Political Contributions


Elizabeth Bartz joins S&FA to manage the Publications Department


ALERTS Consulting Service created to provide greater, personalized support and assistance for interested


State and Federal Communications, Inc. is founded when Elizabeth Bartz acquires the Compliance Publications unit from SF&A and moves to Akron, Ohio; Operations resume with 2 employees and 950 sq. ft of office space


ONLINE versions of the Executive’s Handbooks are first offered at: www.stateandfed.com to support our
Subscription Clients and a growing number of ALERTS Clients

The growing company moves to a 2,000 sq. ft. office to support a staff of 10 employees


“State Contract Lobbyist Directory” is launched


“News You Can Use”, an industry news-related aggregation service, first published to assist busy clients and colleagues by tracking relevant stories and issues


“Guidebooks” are first published and offered to clients as a popular, periodic, quick-reference highlight of Executive Handbook information


Company moves headquarters to downtown Akron; settling into 6,000 sq. ft of renovated office space at historic Courtyard Square


Procurement Lobbying™ resource guide added to assist clients navigate procurement requirements; available as ONLINE-feature only


Executive Source™ Guides banner created to better identify and coordinate the benefits of our three independent compliance services (Lobbying, Campaign Finance, and Procurement Lobbying)

“Compliance Now” e-newsletter begins public distribution for news of note for the compliance industry and State and Federal Communications


President and CEO, Elizabeth Bartz, is honored as one of Northeast Ohio’s “Women of Note” by Crain’s Cleveland Business News

Akron headquarters expanded to 8250 sq. ft. to accommodate 20 employees, and growing


Clients begin migration to the enhanced functionality of ONLINE Executive Source Guides; discontinuance of semi-annual, printed publication binders

The United Way of Summit County, Ohio selects Elizabeth Z. Bartz as the 2007 Woman Philanthropist of the Year

Nola R. Werren, Esq. celebrates 10 years with State and Federal Communications, Inc.


Canadian Lobbying Compliance Laws added for Canadian Federal, 10 Provinces, and 3 Territories

Renold Koozer, Director, I.T. celebrates 10 years with State and Federal Communications, Inc.


Federal Compliance focus continues to serve ALERTS Clients with the addition of a dedicated, DC-based
Compliance Associate and local support staff


Company recognized by COSE’s “Weatherhead 100” – as one of Northeast Ohio’s Fastest Growing Companies in 2010

The Greater Akron Chamber’s Small Business Council recognized State and Federal Communications, Inc. with the
Excellence in Business Award as an outstanding business in our community

2010 cont.

“News You Can Use” celebrates 10 years of solid contributions to our clients and colleagues

Jim Sedor, Senior Editor, celebrates 10 years with State and Federal Communications, Inc.

Social Media Coordinator establishes online presence for industry dialog and client feedback


State Government Affairs Council elects Elizabeth Z. Bartz as their President for 2011-2012.

Annual National Multicultural Business Conference chose Elizabeth Z. Bartz, President and CEO to receive a
DiversityBusiness.com Award for its success in business in Ohio.

Nicolette B. Koozer, Sr. Graphics Coordinator, celebrates 10 years with State and Federal Communications, Inc.


The company expands into the second floor of Courtyard Square to accommodate 30-50 employees in 15,000 sq ft


State and Federal Communications presented with the 41st Annual Distinguished Sales and Marketing Award.
Melissa Coultas joins State and Federal Communications, Inc. as the sales and marketing manager.
Jeff Roberts celebrates 10 years with State and Federal Communications, Inc.

2013 cont.

Mark Sedmock joins State and Federal Communications as the new comptroller.
State and Federal Communications, Inc. celebrates 20th anniversary.

2013 cont.

Pinnacle Award, September
Website Re-launch, November 1
Website Re-launch seminar in D.C.
Nov 12 & 13
WEATHERHEAD Award – December


Elizabeth Z. Bartz, President and CEO, presented the
commencement speech at the Kent State University Trumbull Campus

State and Federal Communications, Inc., was the only Women
Owned Business in Ohio on the Top 50 DiversityBusiness.com List.


State and Federal Communications received the NEO Success Award.

Rebecca South, Federal Compliance Associate, was elected 2015 President of WASRG.

James Sedor, Editor, News You Can Use, celebrates 15th anniversary.

Amber Fish Linke, Esq., Director, Client and Product Operations, celebrates 10th anniversary.

John Cozine, Esq., Compliance Manager. celebrates 10th anniversary.


Elizabeth Z. Bartz, President and CEO, received the PLEN (Public Leadership Education Network) Mentor Award.

Nicolette Bartz Koozer, Sr. Graphics Coordinator, celebrates
15th anniversary.


Nola Werren, Esq., Client Specialist, celebrates 20 years with State and Federal Communications, Inc.

Washington DC office opens at WeWork.

Joseph May, Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility, launches the CSR program.


State and Federal Communications celebrates 25th anniversary.

European Lobbying Compliance Laws added to website.

Renold Koozer, Executive Director. celebrates 20 years with State and Federal Communications, Inc.


Rebecca South, Federal Compliance Associate. celebrates 10 years with State and Federal Communications, Inc.

Kenneth Kelewae, IT Technician. celebrates 10 years with State and Federal Communications, Inc.