December 23, 2016 •

Happy Holidays!

We have many things for which we are thankful at State and Federal Communications. Before the day gets away from us, we would like to thank you for following Lobby Comply Blog. We’ve had a great year and look forward […]

We have many things for which we are thankful at State and Federal Communications. Before the day gets away from us, we would like to thank you for following Lobby Comply Blog.

We’ve had a great year and look forward to giving our very best service to our clients in 2017. Happy Holidays from all of us at State and Federal Communications!

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December 23, 2016 •

NYCU Video Digest – December 23, 2016

See what’s happening in government relations this week in our News You Can Use Video Digest. Enjoy!

See what’s happening in government relations this week in our News You Can Use Video Digest. Enjoy!

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December 22, 2016 •

Giving Back to Our Community This Holiday Season

State and Federal Communications is proud to work in Akron and we recognize our responsibility to reach out to the community around us. This month our team has been busy gathering food for the United Way Holiday Snack Packs Food […]

State and Federal Communications is proud to work in Akron and we recognize our responsibility to reach out to the community around us.

This month our team has been busy gathering food for the United Way Holiday Snack Packs Food Drive helping the children of Summit County. We also had fun playing Santa by collecting gifts for the Summit County Children Services Holiday Toy Room Program. Take a look at the fun we had!

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December 20, 2016 •

We’re Decking the Halls

Hey, take a look! We’ve been decorating for the holidays.

Hey, take a look! We’ve been decorating for the holidays.

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December 6, 2016 •

It is Going to Be a New Era in Compliance

One of the most important facets of any professional in the government relations field is knowing what you can, and cannot do, regarding Political Contributions, Lobbying, and Procurement Lobbying. Making a compliance mistake can be costly, in reputation, negative media […]

2017-brochureOne of the most important facets of any professional in the government relations field is knowing what you can, and cannot do, regarding Political Contributions, Lobbying, and Procurement Lobbying. Making a compliance mistake can be costly, in reputation, negative media exposure, and fines.

The laws and regulations in our field are continually changing. And due to the recent presidential and other elections, we expect many more changes to come in 2017.

We are ready for all of this at State and Federal Communications. We are ready to help you!

That is why we have re-branded our 2017 website guides as the Online Compliance Publications for Government Relations Professionals. These four online publications are:

  • Political Contributions Compliance Laws for Government Relations ProfessionalsTM
  • Lobbying Compliance Laws for Government Relations ProfessionalsTM
  • Procurement Lobbying Compliance Laws for Government Relations ProfessionalsTM
  • Canadian Compliance Laws for Government Relations ProfessionalsTM

Note the emphasis from each title, first on ‘what’ compliance area the online publication is intended to serve, and second on our focused audience, ‘Government Relations Professionals.’

These unique online publications are considered invaluable to government relations professionals. They make it easy to decipher and understand compliance regulations, and to accurately report activities to government entities as needed. They are optimized to easily use and search on any device – computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone – and updated continually so government relations professionals can comply in a timely and accurate manner.

This is an annual subscription-based service, where you can purchase one, two, three, or four online publications, whatever you need, with special bundled pricing available. They provide accurate, comprehensive, and timely information on thousands of compliance rules, regulations, and statutes across the states, the U.S. federal government, more than 600 municipalities, and Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial governments.

In the weeks ahead, we will send our new 2017 brochure of services, so look for it in the mail. You can also read and download a PDF of the new brochure by visiting a special landing page on our website, at: marketing.stateandfed.com. Note, for 2017 we have updated subscription rates (first time in four years), so for subscribers looking to renew and capture 2016 pricing, consider making the payment by the end of this year.

For the many clients who have used our publications through the years, we thank you for your loyalty, and for the new clients that come onboard in 2017, we look forward to serving you.

There is no other company like State and Federal Communications.

Thank you.

Elizabeth Z. Bartz

President and CEO
@elizabethbartz

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November 30, 2016 •

A Surprise Visit from Santa’s Elf…

Campaign Compliance Assistant Becky Campbell, starring as Santa’s elf, showed up at the State and Federal Communications staff meeting to wish Elizabeth Bartz and the staff “Happy Holidays.” Enjoy!

Campaign Compliance Assistant Becky Campbell, starring as Santa’s elf, showed up at the State and Federal Communications staff meeting to wish Elizabeth Bartz and the staff “Happy Holidays.” Enjoy!

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November 23, 2016 •

Happy Thanksgiving

Lobby Comply Blog will return on Monday, November 28, 2016. Enjoy your holiday!

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Lobby Comply Blog will return on Monday, November 28, 2016. Enjoy your holiday!

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November 8, 2016 •

Election Day 2016 Has Arrived

It has been a long time coming, but Election Day 2016 has arrived and we can start on 2017 elections. My real intention for this column is to remind everyone—family, friends, vendors, and your community—that they need to vote today, […]

board-of-elections-a1It has been a long time coming, but Election Day 2016 has arrived and we can start on 2017 elections.

My real intention for this column is to remind everyone—family, friends, vendors, and your community—that they need to vote today, November 8. Take them with you. For the past 10 years, I have taken my parents to vote early so they do not have to stand in long lines on Election Day. It also helps because they can sit and think about the vote at that time. Sometimes I get asked a question and happy that I can help out.

This is it! This is the time! Stand up and vote! WOW! This is exactly what we scream at Cleveland Cavaliers’ games. It is very true right now. We need to be #ALLIN16.

And, you can count on State and Federal Communications to provide the needed information about the ballot issue questions affecting lobbying and campaign finance. Plus, we will soon work on our 2017 Inauguration Guide.

See how important #ALLIN16 is right now.

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October 27, 2016 •

5000 Posts and Going Strong

Lobby Comply is pleased to announce the celebration of our 5,000th blog post! We will continue to be your expert source, providing the latest news and analysis on campaign finance, lobbying, procurement, and ethics laws. Thank you to all of […]

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Lobby Comply is pleased to announce the celebration of our 5,000th blog post! We will continue to be your expert source, providing the latest news and analysis on campaign finance, lobbying, procurement, and ethics laws.

Thank you to all of our loyal readers!

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October 17, 2016 •

Come and Get Your Donuts and Apple Cider!

  On Monday, October 31 State and Federal Communications is hosting its annual Halloween Donut and Apple Cider sale. All sales will go directly to the United Way of Summit County. Drop in and say hello from 8:30 to 11:00 […]

 

On Monday, October 31 State and Federal Communications is hosting its annual Halloween Donut and Apple Cider sale. All sales will go directly to the United Way of Summit County.

Drop in and say hello from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. and enjoy a delicious treat. We’ll be in the lobby of 80 South Summit St. in Downtown Akron, across from Quaker Square.

The Krispy Kreme donuts are $1.00 per donut or $7.00 per dozen. The apple cider will be $1.00 per cup or $8.00 per gallon.

To reserve your donuts, you can email Tony Didion at adidion@stateandfed.com, or call us at 330-761-9960.

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October 7, 2016 •

State and Federal at 2016 State & Local Government Relations Conference

President and CEO of State and Federal Communications, Inc., Elizabeth Bartz, together with staff members Renae Bomba, Sarah Gray, and Chris Patrizi, recently attended the 2016 Public Affairs Council State and Local Government Relations Conference in Alexandria, VA, from September […]

state-and-local-screenPresident and CEO of State and Federal Communications, Inc., Elizabeth Bartz, together with staff members Renae Bomba, Sarah Gray, and Chris Patrizi, recently attended the 2016 Public Affairs Council State and Local Government Relations Conference in Alexandria, VA, from September 26 to 28, 2016.

The Public Affairs Council did a great job in presenting attendees with the latest trends in government relations and the opportunity to network with industry professionals. Attendees of the conference heard speakers covering a wide array of topics aimed at providing practical tips for state government relations professionals. Break-out session subjects included presentations and discussions on state legislative predictions, public attitudes toward business, engaging local communities, using social media to build relationships with legislators, and state-level lobbying compliance.

State and Federal Communications, Inc. was the proud sponsor of the conference’s networking breakfast held Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

For more information on the Public Affairs Council please visit http://pac.org/.

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October 3, 2016 •

You Have One Job…VOTE

Here is what has happened so far…And what will happen. The states in these United States held primaries and caucuses. We had months and months of elections around the country. And, we had a lot of debates…Maybe more than we […]

KUS_VOTEHere is what has happened so far…And what will happen.

  1. The states in these United States held primaries and caucuses. We had months and months of elections around the country. And, we had a lot of debates…Maybe more than we needed. In the end we also had a lot of candidates “suspend” their respective campaigns.
  2. Both the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Conventions were held and we have two candidates running on these platforms. There are others who will be on the ballot, but of other parties.
  3. We had one debate already…WOWOWOWOW!!! I happened to be there…but I was sitting on my hands because it was 63 degrees in the room.
  4. Plan on watching the Vice Presidential Debate on October 4, the second Presidential Debate on October 9, and the final Presidential Debate on October 19.
  5. Check out the ballot for your county. Trust me, there is more on the ballot than our Presidential candidates…These folks also need your vote.
  6. Early voting is very helpful for people who want to avoid the lines on Election Day, which is November 8. Do it and proudly wear your I VOTED sticker.
  7. November 8…Stock up on your snacks and beverages and make sure your gadgets are charged. You can follow me on Twitter @elizabethbartz and @stateandfederal to see what is going on with the candidates and ballot issues.
  8. One other thing to do on November 8, take a break every hour to tune into the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks game.
  9. Go to work the next day prepared to share with your organization how your contributions and candidates fared the night before.
  10. Plan to attend State and Federal Inauguration activities in 2017. We will keep you up-to-date on how you can participate…And, as it relates to the President’s Inauguration Day…It is Friday, January 20, 2017, at noon. Again, snacks and beverages should be ready and gadgets charged. There will be a lot to watch.

In the meantime, think about how lovely November and December will be with only holiday movies to watch…And 2017/2018 elections to ponder.

Elizabeth Z. Bartz

President and CEO
@elizabethbartz

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September 27, 2016 •

Today Is National Voter Registration Day!

September 26, 2016 •

Voting is a Right and a Responsibility

Voting is one of the most basic civil actions Americans can take. Our ability to vote in an election is a right we should not take for granted, but too often many do. It is a privilege that comes with […]

flagVoting is one of the most basic civil actions Americans can take. Our ability to vote in an election is a right we should not take for granted, but too often many do. It is a privilege that comes with responsibility. With our votes, we shape the future of our country.

September 27, 2016, is National Voter Registration Day. On this day, volunteers and organizations will be out in force in order to reach out to thousands of voters and citizens about the importance of voting and helping people register to vote. So check out the National Voter Registration Day website and see how you can help other citizens register.

But the effort to Get Out the Vote doesn’t end with National Voter Registration Day. Here are some more ways you can help:

  • Make sure your registration record is up-to-date. If you moved recently, have you updated your record?
  • Know where your polling location is. Has it been moved due to building closings or expected crowds?
  • Help someone get to the polls on Election Day. Many people want to vote, but have trouble getting to the polling locations. Do you know someone who could use a lift?
  • If your jurisdiction has early in-person voting, help someone get there to vote early.
  • Help someone request an absentee ballot when it is not possible for them to make it to polls. And help them make sure it is mailed in time to count.
  • Work the polls. Help other voters exercise their rights.
  • Spread the word about voting importance on social media. The more people talk about it, the more people will know about it.

For more information on registering and voting, check out the National Voter Registration Day website.

And always remember to find out the answers to these questions:

  • By when do you have to register?
  • By when do you have to request an absentee ballot?
  • Is there early in-person voting, and if so, where?
  • When do the polls open and close?
  • What candidates and issues are on the ballot?

The answers can be found on the website of your secretary of state’s office and local elections office.

#KeepUSstrong! #VoterRegistrationDay

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