FEBRUARY 2021    

   Elizabeth Z. Bartz, President and CEO

My Wellness Journey

Last week, State and Federal Communications received the bronze award from the Healthy Business Council of Ohio (HBCO). In fact, it is the second year we have won this award. This is great since we have only had a formal wellness program for two years. The HBCO requested a photo of us with our plaque so I joined HR Generalist Anastasia Drescher and Director of HR Beth Mullen for our “Charlie’s Angels” photo.

Why is this important? Because I finally got it stuck in my head, I had to do something. I have been around for a long time and many might remember when I weighed 52 pounds more than I do today. In fact, I am finally down to my 1997 wedding weight, which is great, and NO I have not pulled out the dress to try it on!!

This did not happen easily.  It is something I have worked hard to do. It did help when we were told we were going to be grandparents. 
I knew I wanted to be an active grandparent.

So, I did three things:

  1. Went back to WW,

  2. Hired personal trainer and started yoga, and

  3. Self-care.

WW—Let me make this clear:  I have been a WW member for a long time, but I took it more seriously in the last year and have lost almost 25 pounds since the pandemic. The program is easy to use with my iPhone and there are a variety of program choices.

Personal Training and Yoga—When we received the baby news in December 2018, it came with a yoga mat as my Christmas gift. I had just started Yoga Nidra and was using the studio’s mats. Even before COVID it was not a great idea. I attend a weekly program, Relax and Restore, to prepare for my busy weeks.  This is a program that deals with stretching and breathing. My legs and back stay on the floor. I also have personal trainer and meet with her twice a week for 45 minutes training with weights along with rowing, using the tread mill, and stretching so I can easily pick up my 25-pound grandson.

Self-Care—Last but not least, self-care is important. Though I do keep track daily of my weight, my sugar levels, oral care, flossing with my new Waterpik sonic-fusion flossing toothbrush (my Christmas gift to myself).  I also listen to the Calm App and read for 20 minutes. I am reminding you how important it is to have a PCP—primary care physician—and see the physician at least once a year. Now, at my age, my physician wants to see me twice a year. I also make sure I see my dentist twice a year—which is free with our dental insurance. There are other parts of our bodies we need to take care of, and I make sure those are done, too. At my age, I have had two colonoscopies, as caring for all parts of the body and preventative care is important. My suggestion is to schedule it for a Monday morning so you can drink the pre-procedure fluids on Sunday when you are home.  You will know what I am talking about the first time you schedule it. Plus, as we learned in our 2020 Wellness Program, sleep is important.  Where I used to settle for five hours a sleep, I have increased it to seven or eight hours a night.

I know I am not a model wellness person, but I am not done. As I persevere, I urge you to take the time to fit in planning for meal preparation in your house. We organize our plan every Friday night.  What else are we doing these days? Many people have treadmills in their home. Recently, John Chames put our treadmill in front of the family room television.  This is a great decision because we can be on it while watching the news or watching John’s favorite show, American Pickers.

Remember, you only have one body, take care of it.

 Elizabeth Z. Bartz

President and CEO


We are excited to launch a new 2021 digital awareness campaign!
We’re starting this year like every year before,

Guiding You Along the Road to Compliance!


   Michael Beckett, Esq., Associate Director, Research Services

FEDERAL: On January 11, the Federal Election Commission published adjusted civil monetary penalty amounts in the Federal Register. The potential fine for civil violations of federal campaign finance laws have increased to range from $6,141 to $71,812, from the previous range of $6,069 to $70,973. The amounts are calculated through a statutory formula applying the most recent cost-of-living adjustment multiplier, issued by the Office of Management and Budget.

ARIZONA: The Office of Secretary of State has increased contribution limits for the 2021-2022 election cycle. Effective January 1, an individual may not contribute more than $5,300 per election cycle to a candidate committee for statewide office and legislative office. Additionally, an individual may not contribute more than $6,550 per election cycle to a candidate committee for district office, county office, town office, and city office. Contribution limits for PACs have also increased. A PAC without Mega PAC status may not contribute more than $5,300 per election cycle to a candidate for statewide office. In contrast, a PAC with Mega PAC status may contribute $10,600 per election cycle to candidates for statewide and legislative office and $13,100 per election cycle to candidates for county, city, town, or district office. 

CANADA FEDERAL: Elections Canada has published the federal contribution limits for the 2021 calendar year. In 2021, individuals may contribute up to $1,650 to independent candidates, leadership candidates, registered parties, and to, in total, all of the registered associations, nomination contestants and candidates of each registered party. The limits also apply to any unpaid balance of loans made during a contribution period and the amount of any loan guarantees made during a contribution period. The limits increased by $25 on January 1. 

NORTH CAROLINA: The State Board of Elections has announced an increase on contribution limits for contributions made to candidates from $5,400 to $5,600 due to the 2.8% increase in the consumer price index from 2018 to 2020. This increase is effective from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022. 

OKLAHOMA: The Ethics Commission voted to adopt proposed changes to the Constitutional Ethics Rules related to lobbying and campaign finance. Amendment 2021-01 impacts candidate committees formed for election held prior to 2015. The changes include establishing a mandatory dissolution date of December 31, 2021; removing the limitation of expenditure of funds for only those purposes listed on the committee's Statement of Organization; and providing a process for dissolving a candidate committee with debt without filing continuing reports with the commission. Amendment 3 to 2021-02 impacts lobbying laws by adding a new category of gifts for books and similar informational materials that do not count against the $500 overall aggregate limit of gifts and requiring this category of gift be reported in the same manner as other gifts are reported. The amendments will become effective unless vetoed by the Legislature upon adjournment sine die of the regular legislative session on May 28.

White Paper Wednesday

In 2021, we will be offering a new series of political compliance information known as White Paper Wednesdays! Be on the lookout for our emails including a white paper with industry tips and tools to keep your Government Affairs in order and compliant. If you have not already downloaded your copy of 2021’s inaugural Compliance Best Practices White Paper, you may do so following the link below…

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  Mario Dalessandro, J.D., Manager, Research Services

Seattle, Washington Expands Lobbying Regulations

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signed an ordinance on December 15, 2020, expanding the definition of lobbying and requiring registration and reporting for grassroots lobbying campaigns. Ordinance 126260 will become effective June 13.

Lobbying Definition

Ordinance 126260 defines lobbying as communicating with City Council members, the mayor, city officers or employees or agents either of the legislative department or working in the mayor’s office, a department director, or a deputy director or other employee who reports directly to a department director in an attempt to influence any of those individuals to develop, propose, draft, consider, reconsider, promote, adopt, enact, reject, take favorable action upon, approve, disapprove, veto, or fail to take action upon legislation.

Each registered lobbyist will be required to renew the registration statement on the second Monday in January of each even-numbered year. Previously, a lobbyist remained registered until they terminated.

Grassroots Lobbying

While not included in the new definition of lobbying, Ordinance 126260 does add regulations for indirect or grassroots lobbying, which has been part of Washington state law since 1973.

The ordinance requires registration and reporting as a sponsor of a grassroots lobbying campaign for any person who has made expenditures not otherwise reported by a registered lobbyist, a candidate, or political committee exceeding $1,500 in the aggregate within any three-month period or exceeding $750 in the aggregate within any one-month period in presenting a program to the public, a substantial portion of which is intended, designed, or calculated primarily to influence legislation. Within 30 days after becoming a sponsor of a grassroots lobbying campaign, the sponsor must register by filing a registration statement with the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission.

Grassroots lobbying sponsors must file monthly reports with the commission by the 10th day of the month for the activity during the preceding month. The reports must update the information contained in the sponsor's registration statement and any prior reports with contributions received and expenditures made during the month. A notice of termination must be filed with the final monthly report.

[The details for this article are updated on our website in the Registration and Grassroots Lobbying sections of the U.S. Lobbying Compliance Laws for Seattle, Washington.]

At any given time, more than 1,000 legislative bills, which can affect how you do business as a government affairs professional, are being discussed in federal, state, and local jurisdictions. These bills are summarized in State and Federal Communications' digital encyclopedias for lobbying laws, political contributions, and procurement lobbying and can be found in the client portion of our website.

Summaries of major bills are also included in monthly email updates sent to all clients. The chart below shows the number of bills we are tracking regarding lobbying laws, political contributions, and procurement lobbying.

  Total bills Number of Jurisdictions Passed Died Carried over
to 2021
Lobbying Laws 35 12 2 0 20
Political Contributions 79 17 3 2 56
Procurement Lobbying 51 12 2 0 35


Every month subscribers to the State and Federal Communications website receive the Summary of Changes, which is a list of all the changes and additions made to the website in the course of the prior month. In all publications, a year’s worth of Summary of Changes can be accessed by clicking on the "Summary of Changes" link on the left-hand side of the entry’s website page. Below the link is a convenient chart entitled “Year End Summary” to provide a review of the highlights and major changes of 2020.


State and Federal Communications’ Experts
Answer Your Questions

Here is your chance to “Ask the Experts” at State and Federal Communications, Inc. Send your questions to experts@stateandfed.com. (Of course, we have always been available to answer questions from clients that are specific to your needs, and we encourage you to continue to call or email us with questions about your particular company or organization. As always, we will confidentially and directly provide answers or information you need.) Our replies are not legal advice, just our analysis of laws, rules, and regulations.


A public official has asked our company to donate to his favorite charity. Is that allowed? Does that contribution need to be reported?


For the most part, public officials are allowed to make such requests, but there are exceptions. For instance, Alabama does not permit public officials to solicit anything from lobbyists other than campaign contributions. New Mexico does not permit state officers to solicit gifts for a charity from a business regulated by the officer’s state agency. A handful of other states have similar restrictions...


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Further information can be found under the Expenditure Reporting heading in the Reports Required section of the Lobbying Compliance Guidebook.

John Cozine, Esq.
Associate Director, Compliance Services


The Greater Akron Chamber approached State and Federal Communications to participate in its #MaskUp330 Campaign. The Chamber launched the campaign to address the balance between staying safe during the pandemic on the one hand and keeping businesses open, running, and prosperous on the other. The single, most powerful thing we can do to stay safe is to wear a mask.

State and Federal Communications has been creating public service announcement videos and selfie photos by the staff to promote the Mask Up Campaign. Our message is simple: Why do we mask up? The staff have been rocking masks with the company’s logo on it! Snazzy, aren’t they?

It is a real privilege to be part of this community-wide effort. Of course, the issue reaches far beyond our community, so we pose this challenge to all of you:

Why do you mask up?

Office Holiday Trees 2020

December brought beautiful decorations to State and Federal Communications.
It also began a service project as the staff began
collecting gloves, hats, and socks for Akron's "Be An Angel" Campaign.

Celebrating 15 Years
at State and Federal Communications, Inc.


In 2020, we acknowledged the 15th anniversary of Amber Fish Linke, Esq., Director, Client and Product Operations and John Cozine, Esq., Associate Director, Compliance Services.

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