May 5, 2016 •

See Us in Person!

Here is our May/June calendar. If you are attending any of the coming events, please stop by and say hello! May 10   Go Red for Women Luncheon, Akron, OH May 18   WGR Spring Reception, Washington, DC May 19   Akron Roundtable […]

May June Calendar

Here is our May/June calendar. If you are attending any of the coming events, please stop by and say hello!

May 10   Go Red for Women Luncheon, Akron, OH

May 18   WGR Spring Reception, Washington, DC

May 19   Akron Roundtable – Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Akron, OH

May 19   PAC PALS Spring Reception, Washington, DC

May 19-21   NCSL Executive Committee Spring Meeting, Minneapolis, MN

May 30   Memorial Day, Office Closed, Akron, OH

May 31 – June 2   PLI’s Corporate Compliance and Ethics Institute, New York City, NY

June 6-9   2016 BIO International Convention, San Francisco, CA

June 13-15   US Chamber’s America’s Small Business Summit, Washington, DC

June 20-22   Public Affairs Council National Grassroots Conference, Alexandria, VA

June 23   Public Affairs Council Digital Media and Advocacy Summit, Alexandria, VA

June 24-27   U.S. Conference of Mayors 84th Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN

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May 3, 2016 •

Race for a Cure — We Have to Beat Breast Cancer

You know I hate cancer.  No one wants to be in the club, yet every day someone else is initiated without a request. It has been three years since we had our first Race for the Cure team for the […]

susan-g-komen-race-cureYou know I hate cancer.  No one wants to be in the club, yet every day someone else is initiated without a request.

It has been three years since we had our first Race for the Cure team for the Susan G. Komen event in Akron. Well, I have re-signed up our ST8PACS team on the site and registered to participate in the 5K walk. This year’s event will be Saturday, July 23 at Canal Park.

Why are we involved?

komen_ark_logo_final_300x200One in eight women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Because every minute someone dies of breast cancer.

Breast cancer knows no boundaries—be it age, gender, socio-economic, or geographic location.

Consider going to http://neohio.info-komen.org to register and join the ST8PACS team by contributing.

Until next month remember, in 1980, the five-year survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer was 74%. Today it is 99% because so many people have helped to raise money for awareness, having mammograms, and the research to help end breast cancer.

Thank you.

Elizabeth Z. Bartz

President and CEO
@elizabethbartz

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April 18, 2016 •

State and Federal Communications Sponsors 2016 Cherry Blossom Princess for The Ohio Society of Washington, D.C.

State and Federal Communications, the sponsor of the 2016 Cherry Blossom Princess of The Ohio Society of Washington, D.C., introduced Ms. Jasmine Wyatt as this year’s Ohio winner at the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) Cherry Blossom Premiere Event […]

Elizabeth Z. Bartz with 2016 Ohio Cherry Blossom PrincessState and Federal Communications, the sponsor of the 2016 Cherry Blossom Princess of The Ohio Society of Washington, D.C., introduced Ms. Jasmine Wyatt as this year’s Ohio winner at the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) Cherry Blossom Premiere Event in Washington, D.C. on April 11.

State and Federal Communications President and CEO Elizabeth Bartz honored Ms. Wyatt at a dinner event at The Army and Navy Club, along with the other winners of their respective states and territories.

Since 1948, state and territorial societies, as well as the international embassy community, have selected more than 3,000 accomplished young women for their academic achievement, exceptional poise and appearance, leadership, interest in social, civic, community and world affairs, with a strong desire to serve others through community service, maturity and responsibility to represent their respective states as “Cherry Blossom Princess.”

The week-long National Cherry Blossom Festival allows the ladies to participate in a number of activities, community service, and cultural exchange events. The week culminates by selecting one Cherry Blossom Queen, who is then invited by the Japan Cherry Blossom Association (JCBA) to visit Japan.

Ms. Bartz explains, “The Cherry Blossom Princess program is a wonderful event that State and Federal Communications is so proud to sponsor. These young women have outstanding backgrounds and have already achieved much in their early careers. Our support empowers them to fuel their dreams of future leadership positions. We look forward to Ms. Wyatt representing The Ohio Society of Washington, D.C., at many events this season.”

Ms. Wyatt is a 2011 graduate of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, and a 2015 graduate of Harvard University where she majored in government and minored in South Asian studies. She currently works as a Staff Assistant for Senator Richard Durbin (IL). She began her career in D.C. in 2010 as a Congressional Page. Since then, Jasmine has interned in the Akron mayor’s office, interned with the Department of State, and was the Franklin Williams Fellow-Women & Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.

On a more personal note, Ms. Wyatt has taught English to children in local hospitals in Lima, Peru and studied abroad at the School for International Training in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ms. Bartz adds, “Jasmine is an excellent representative for the State of Ohio in the Cherry Blossom Festival. It is a special bonus that she graduated from high school in Akron, Ohio, the same city that State and Federal Communications calls our home.”

For information on the event, visit: http://www.statesocieties.org/cherry-blossom-1/

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April 15, 2016 •

We are in Portland for the 2016 SGAC National Summit!

State and Federal Communications is excited to be an event sponsor of the 2016 SGAC National Summit in Portland, Oregon. President and CEO Elizabeth Bartz and Client Specialist Nola Werren are attending this year’s event, which boasts the theme “Changing […]

State and Federal Communications is excited to be an event sponsor of the 2016 SGAC National Summit in Portland, Oregon. President and CEO Elizabeth Bartz and Client Specialist Nola Werren are attending this year’s event, which boasts the theme “Changing the Game of Advocacy.”

You can see the agenda here. You can follow the conversations on Twitter with the hashtag .

SGAC National Summit sponsor

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April 12, 2016 •

Elizabeth Bartz Receives 2016 PLEN Mentor Award

State and Federal Communications President and CEO Elizabeth Bartz received the PLEN (Public Leadership Education Network) Mentor Award in Washington, D.C., in a recent ceremony honoring exemplary leaders committed to education. Ms. Bartz was recognized for her outstanding commitment to […]

2016 PLEN PhotoState and Federal Communications President and CEO Elizabeth Bartz received the PLEN (Public Leadership Education Network) Mentor Award in Washington, D.C., in a recent ceremony honoring exemplary leaders committed to education.

Ms. Bartz was recognized for her outstanding commitment to mentoring the next generation of women leaders in public policy careers. PLEN is the only national organization with the sole focus of preparing college women for leadership in the public policy arena.

Along with Ms. Bartz, other prestigious women receiving PLEN awards included Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN); Representative Joyce Beatty (D-OH-03); Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21); Ms. Anne DeSeta DarConte, Principal, Beyond K Street, LLC and Co-Founder, Professional Women in Advocacy Conference; and Ms. Jen Stange, Program Coordinator, 21st Century Blueprint Committee, SEIU. PLEN selected these honorees for prioritizing the importance of women helping other women in their daily actions.

Ms. Ellie Shaw, Director of Federal Government Affairs, at American Express, nominated Ms. Bartz for the award. Ms. Bartz says, “Ellie has been involved with PLEN for years and is a great representative of how we need to offer a hand up to our future leaders.” She adds that PLEN’s mission is to increase the number of women in top leadership positions influencing all aspects of the public policy process by introducing college women to role models, career paths, and skills trainings before they enter the workforce.

Each year, PLEN brings hundreds of women students from colleges and universities across the country to Washington, D.C. where they can experience first-hand how public policy is shaped and implemented at the national level. Students meet with and learn from women leaders making and influencing public policy at the highest levels in Congress, the courts, federal agencies, the private sector, policy research and advocacy organizations, and the media. These women leaders serve as teachers as well as mentors.

According to PLEN officials, Ms. Bartz has shown commitment to mentoring college women and preparing them in the public policy arena. Ms. Bartz echoes this by commenting, “It is so important to help all students, both men and women, with career advice, resume reviews, and connecting with people who can provide their first jobs. Providing this assistance is something students remember and carry forward to help others. I am proud to support PLEN.”

PLEN is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, D.C.

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April 7, 2016 •

We Are Excited to Support Women in Government Relations

State and Federal Communications is proud to be a sponsor of the Women in Government Relations IMPACT 2016: PACs, Politics, and Grassroots Conference today in Washington, D.C. President and CEO Elizabeth Bartz, Federal Compliance Associate Rebecca South and Federal Compliance […]

State and Federal Communications is proud to be a sponsor of the Women in Government Relations IMPACT 2016: PACs, Politics, and Grassroots Conference today in Washington, D.C.

President and CEO Elizabeth Bartz, Federal Compliance Associate Rebecca South and Federal Compliance Assistant Gamble Hayden are attending. If you’ll be there, be sure to say hello to our team!

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April 4, 2016 •

Helping Those Who Struggle with Hunger

State and Federal Communications held a Brown Bag Lunch Day on March 15 to raise money for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank’s 2016 Harvest for Hunger campaign. Employees offered donations to the cause, shared their lunch time, and the company matched […]

State and Federal Communications held a Brown Bag Lunch Day on March 15 to raise money for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank’s 2016 Harvest for Hunger campaign. Employees offered donations to the cause, shared their lunch time, and the company matched those donations. “We were thrilled to help this vital program. Let’s eliminate hunger in our community!” said President and CEO Elizabeth Bartz.

The Foodbank’s President and CEO Dan Flowers dropped by to visit the office and to say thanks.

Elizabeth Bartz with Dan Flowers

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March 2, 2016 •

Happy Birthday, Ohio!

State and Federal Communications is proud to be one of the sponsors of The Ohio Society of Washington D.C.’s 2016 Ohio Birthday Celebration! The grand event will take place tonight in the Montpelier Room of the James Madison Building at […]

Ohio BirthdayState and Federal Communications is proud to be one of the sponsors of The Ohio Society of Washington D.C.’s 2016 Ohio Birthday Celebration!

The grand event will take place tonight in the Montpelier Room of the James Madison Building at the Library of Congress.

Elizabeth Bartz, the company’s President and CEO, will be in attendance.

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March 1, 2016 •

Super Tuesday in 2016

I always felt Super Tuesday needed a mascot. And, that is my first point of clarification. I am talking about the primary election day…nothing to do with the ESPN television series. We first heard the term in 1984 when Walter […]

KUS_VOTEI always felt Super Tuesday needed a mascot. And, that is my first point of clarification. I am talking about the primary election day…nothing to do with the ESPN television series.

We first heard the term in 1984 when Walter Mondale and Gary Hart vied for the nomination. In fact, we had three of them that year. I won’t go into the detail about what each candidate said. Sufficient to say in the end, Walter Mondale only won the electoral votes that November in Minnesota and in DC. [Please note Wikipedia states the term was really used in 1976.]

So what is it? Super Tuesday refers to the day in a presidential election year when the greatest number of states hold primary elections to select delegates to the national conventions.

  • 1984—five states were involved which helped bring the nomination to Democrat Walter Mondale;
  • 1988 – nine states held primary elections on March 8, 1988 and the votes were split between Democrats Dick Gephardt, Jesse Jackson, Al Gore, and Michael Dukakis with the latter eventually being nominated;
  • 1992 – The March 10, 1992 election brought Democrat Bill Clinton into the national spotlight;
  • 1996 – March 12, 1996 included nine states and secured Republican Bob Dole’s bid;
  • 2000 – 16 states participated in the March 7, 2000 election;
  • 2004 – Fewer states participated on February 3, 2004, and there were only five states with primaries and two caucuses;
  • 2008 – Only four states held primary elections on March 4, 2008, but 24 had moved their own primary election up to February 5, 2008 so it ended up being called Super Duper Tuesday;
  • 2012 – 10 states held primary elections on March 6, 2012; and
  • 2016 – We will have 13 states involved in the March 1, 2016 date.

This column is not going to support any candidates. However, it is going to emphasize the importance of voting whenever your state has scheduled those dates. All those election dates are on our website, www.stateandfed.com.

On Tuesday, March 15 the staff of State and Federal Communications are offered one hour at the beginning of the day to vote before arriving to work. Until next month, remember to VOTE, plan for it so you do not forget or end up out of town, and encourage friends and family to do so.

Thank you.

Elizabeth Z. Bartz

President and CEO
@elizabethbartz

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February 4, 2016 •

There is No Magic Wand

I rarely take this column to speak about my health. It could be better, but there was a year it was worse. In 2006, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and it was a tough year. And, that is probably […]

Elizabeth BartzI rarely take this column to speak about my health. It could be better, but there was a year it was worse. In 2006, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and it was a tough year. And, that is probably the nicest word to use for it.

Women usually hear if you can feel a pain, then it isn’t cancer.  Well, I had a pain and after two mammograms, an ultrasound, a MRI, and a biopsy, I was diagnosed with cancer, and it had gone to my lymph nodes. My surgeon, Dr. Julian Kim from the Cleveland Clinic (now at University Hospital) said cancer was the least of my problems … chemotherapy and radiation would take a lot out of me.

I took to cancer like I do a lot of things. Attacked it. Surgery was done within a month of the diagnosis. Chemotherapy, managed by my Cleveland Clinic oncologist, was done from March to June of 2006, along with losing all of my hair and wearing a wig, steroids prescribed for pain associated with Taxol, and sleeping a lot. Radiation was most of July 2006, which included a huge burn at the end of it all.

And, then it was all over. Cancer free. I still hold my breath a lot when I have mammograms, and I do have mammograms done annually. There is no magic wand to avoid a reoccurrence, but the possibility goes down after 10 years.

Everyone has issues and we do not know what people are dealing with in their lives. I bring this up to give you hope if you are dealing with health issues. Attack it. Don’t let it affect your spirit, the thing that makes you YOU. Please know in the last 10 years I have also spoken to a number of women in government affairs who have had breast cancer. It’s a club…one that we didn’t want to be a member of, but we are, and we need to be there for each other.

So now, 10 years later, I can cheer a little louder about being cancer free and celebrating with a short holiday in Punta Cana—just reflecting on how wonderful life has been.

Until next month, celebrate your life, enjoy your family and friends, and be YOU.

Elizabeth Z. Bartz

President and CEO
@elizabethbartz

 

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January 5, 2016 •

Managing a Diverse PAC and Political Contribution Program

Now, that is one sexy topic for a conference session!! To be honest, it is a session at the 2016 Public Affairs Council National PAC Conference in Miami, Florida and yours truly is one of the session leaders along with […]

2016Now, that is one sexy topic for a conference session!! To be honest, it is a session at the 2016 Public Affairs Council National PAC Conference in Miami, Florida and yours truly is one of the session leaders along with our good friend Jennifer Spall, senior director of political programs at Wal-Mart.

Here is my #1 comment about 2016—If you are not involved with making political contributions, you might as well hibernate. It will be a huge campaign season—from city, county, state, and president. Our office is already vetting contributions for 2018 elections.

Register for the conference at www.pac.org and hear many of our contributions colleagues around the country speak about how important it is to manage and organize how, when, and why contributions are made.

And, if that isn’t enough of an enticement…Plan on joining the State and Federal Communications team on Wednesday, March 9th for lunch. We want to give you the opportunity to take a tour of our website and see the important information we provide to thousands of your counterparts in corporate and trade association government affairs firms.

There is a lot to know about campaign finance and making political contributions. And, whether you care about reform or not (as published by Doug Pinkham’s December 22nd blog), you do need to know there are things to keep track of to protect your organization. This is the week to promote to your professional development.

Until next month, remember it is impossible to have 50 state political contributions laws in your head…Join us in Miami and find out how you can be the expert at your organization.

Thank you.
Happy New Year.

Elizabeth Z. Bartz

President and CEO
@elizabethbartz

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December 16, 2015 •

Our December Photo Scrapbook

Enjoy these fun photos from recent events! Recently we celebrated the company anniversaries of Emone Smith, Administrative Assistant; Michael Beckett, Esq., Research Manager; Beth Commings, Esq., Research Associate; and Joe May, Manager – Client Analytics. They are all assets to […]

Enjoy these fun photos from recent events!

Al Franken with Elizabeth Bartz
Al Franken with Elizabeth Bartz in Akron supporting Ted Strickland on his campaign.
Former member of the Ohio Representatives [2007-2012], Ted Celeste, met with fellow Ohioan, Elizabeth Bartz and colleague, Christopher Badgely at the SGAC Leaders Policy Conference.
Former member of the Ohio Representatives [2007-2012], Ted Celeste, met with fellow Ohioan, Elizabeth Bartz and
colleague, Christopher Badgely at the SGAC Leaders Policy Conference.
Wishing Katie Rennard, VP of the United Way of Summit County, a great time as she retires to Arkansas.  She taught our staff the importance of giving back to the community.
Wishing Katie Rennard, VP of the United Way of Summit County, a great time as she retires to Arkansas. She taught our staff the importance of giving back to the community.
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While in Miami at the SGAC Leaders Policy Conference, Elizabeth Bartz met the United States women’s national soccer team (USWNT) champ, Carli Lloyd.

Recently we celebrated the company anniversaries of Emone Smith, Administrative Assistant; Michael Beckett, Esq., Research Manager; Beth Commings, Esq., Research Associate; and Joe May, Manager – Client Analytics. They are all assets to the State and Federal Communications team.

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December 16, 2015 •

Weather not Frightful – Compliance…That is Another Issue

Well the weather outside is frightful… That is how this column started but the weather has been unusually fabulous. So I re-wrote my column and am not going to discuss the weather…but something we all know more about. Registrations and […]

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Well the weather outside is frightful…

That is how this column started but the weather has been unusually fabulous. So I re-wrote my column and am not going to discuss the weather…but something we all know more about.

Registrations and reports you have due in January could be frightening so we encourage you to find a delightful fire this month along with some corn for popping. Turn the lights way down low…And, let State and Federal Communications take care of your compliance needs.

The State and Federal Communications website—www.stateandfed.com—is complete with the important 2016 dates you need to know. Our offices are open and staffed in December, with the exception of being closed on December 24th, December 25th, December 31st, and January 1st.

You just cannot miss when State and Federal Communications is on your side.

On behalf of this great team, we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a Happy New Year.

Thank you.

Elizabeth Z. Bartz

President and CEO
@elizabethbartz

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November 16, 2015 •

Elizabeth Bartz to Moderate Session at Professional Women in Advocacy Conference

State and Federal Communications is proud to be a sponsor of the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference on November 16-17, 2015 in Washington, D.C. We are also excited to announce Elizabeth Bartz will be moderating the Tuesday lunch discussion panel Been There, Done That: Words of […]

Elizabeth Bartz

State and Federal Communications is proud to be a sponsor of the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference on November 16-17, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

We are also excited to announce Elizabeth Bartz will be moderating the Tuesday lunch discussion panel Been There, Done That: Words of Wisdom and Experience.

The amazing panel lineup includes Gloria Dittus, chairman of Story Partners; Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president of AARP; and Ambassador Connie Morella.

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