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Governmental Relations Group

What We Do

At Lewis & Kappes Governmental Relations Group, LLC, we bring political force to bear in any forum in which an issue may be presented, whether it is in the executive branch, on the floor of the legislature, or before a government agency or regulatory body.

Legislative Relations
Agency Relations
Association Management
Grass Roots Coalition Development
Government Procurement
Public Affairs Consulting

Legislative Relations

Every day, legislators make decisions that directly affect you. Often laws are passed with little consideration given to their direct impact on your business, your profession or trade, and your bottom line. We represent clients on single issues, clients who have a long-term legislative agenda, and clients who only want certain bills tracked or issues monitored. We are available on a biennial, annual, or legislative session basis. Lewis Kappes Governmental Relations Group, LLC will:

Develop a complete legislative package or agenda for your business, your association, or your issue. Create an efficient and accurate process for managing relationships with legislators on your specific issue. Draft legislation, recruit authors and sponsors, provide testimony, put together briefing materials, line-up support, lobby legislators through targeted and frequent communications — in-person, written, telephone, fax, and e-mail — and track the positions of legislators as the bills progress through each chamber. Provide a final analysis of the history of the bill through committee assignments, voting records, and legislators' positions.
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Agency Relations

Legislators are not the only group that makes decisions that affect your life. Government officials promulgate rules and regulations every day that often have a far greater impact than any piece of legislation. We represent clients who are affected by the continuing onslaught of mandates, requirements, and government controls before the executive branch, government agencies, and regulatory bodies. Lewis & Kappes Governmental Relations Group, LLC will:

Develop a complete agency agenda for your business, your association, or your issue. Create an efficient and accurate process for managing relationships with appointed officials and agency administrators on your specific issue. Cut through the myriad of red tape, paperwork, and bureaucracy to find a satisfactory resolution to your concern.
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Association Management

In an increasingly competitive economic environment, not-for-profit trade and professional associations want to make sure that they are generating enough income and spending the income in a manner to most effectively represent the membership. Lewis Kappes Governmental Relations Group, LLC will:

Develop membership programs aimed at recruitment and retainment; develop a database of your membership or enhance your current database to include dues billing, continuing education records, legislative district codes, key-person legislative contacts, PAC participation. Manage continuing education seminars; manage association conventions, meetings, and seminars; manage or develop group health and life insurance programs. Develop and manage strategies for political action committee fund-raising activities.
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Grass Roots Coalition Development:

There is strength in numbers. Whether the numbers are just a few individuals willing to write their legislators, or thousands of concerned members of an association calling their legislators about a bill critical to their profession, the impact of grass roots organizing is more important than ever. Lewis & Kappes Governmental Relations Group, LLC will:

Enhance your current database by assigning state legislative district and congressional district codes to member records; develop a database of voters who have a "stake" in your issue if you currently do not have a database; develop a key-person legislative contact program. Frame the issue; identify supporters and opponents; mobilize individuals and organizations; raise funds to sustain the effort; create innovative and motivating communications; measure the impact of the effort; maintain on-going grass roots support.
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Government Procurement

Contracts with the private sector have increased significantly as federal, state, and local governments look for ways to cut-back on expenditures and save tax dollars. Many of the most successful businesses and industries have learned that government procurement contracts can represent significant earnings stream for their bottom lines. Lewis Kappes Governmental Relations Group, LLC will:

Monitor legislation and agency activity to determine what Request for Proposals (RFP) or Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) are in the pipeline before they are ever posted or released to the public. Develop relationships with agency officials to determine the best approach to responding to the RFP. (The process often requires what not to put in the response as well as what to include.) Write or assist with writing the response to the RFP. Recommend other businesses with whom to form a partnership if the RFP requires minority involvement or joint venture participation.
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Public Affairs Consulting

Public opinion can affect specific policies, regulation, and even the outcome of a vote on the floor of the legislature. Lewis Kappes Governmental Relations Group, LLC will:

Develop a complete public affairs strategy for your business, your association, or your issue; direct the strategy toward the media, key community leaders, and public opinion makers. Create an efficient and accurate process for managing relationships with the media, key community leaders, and public opinion makers. Analyze trends in coverage by media type, issues, and geographic area; create news releases and mail to hundreds of media outlets or only to those most likely to act on the release; arrange press conferences, press availabilities, and interviews.

Contact us to learn how we can assist you. We represent clients in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, as well as Bloomington, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Gary, and Evansville.