MultiState Associates is the nation's leading state and local government relations services firm. Since 1984, we have worked with businesses, trade associations, professional societies, and coalitions to identify and manage state and local governmental action. We partner with clients to uncover legislation and regulations of interest at all levels of government—federal, state, and local—whether potentially adverse or beneficial to their organization.
To solve our client’s needs, we identify the best advocates in the states and localities seamlessly and for the right fee. We build and manage coalitions to amplify an organization’s voice. The resulting messages resonate with policymakers and constituencies.
Providing confidential benchmarking and strategic consulting, we help optimize the government affairs function. Most importantly, we ensure our clients and their employees comply with federal, state, and local ethics and lobbying laws when carrying out their work.
Our goal is to partner with government affairs executives and their teams to achieve business objectives. We help you minimize business risks and maximize policy opportunities by providing you with timely insight on legislative and regulatory activity. We also ensure compliance with applicable lobbying laws, as well as connect you with the right resources in the state or locality of interest to drive the optimal outcome in the most cost-efficient way.
It was 1984 (think landlines and lots of paper) when two government relations guys—one at a powerful trade association, the other in-house at a major corporation—had a novel idea of how to better approach GR in the 50 state capitals. Paul Hallman and Steve Markowitz left those good jobs and worked from their living rooms in Washington and New York to form their new business venture: building a network of lobbying firms across the country.
Paul and Steve’s vision was to save clients time from tedious research and phone calls by providing them with a winning strategy in every state by identifying, vetting, and retaining the right lobbyist with established relationships at preferred rates. Rather than flying to Tallahassee or Topeka on a moment’s notice to battle a bill or chase a procurement, organizations could call MultiState to find a lobbyist who could do it for them more effectively and in a lot less time. This has enabled clients to use their valuable time to conduct other business-critical objectives.
The model is still going strong today. With more than 60 employees in a real office in beautiful Old Town Alexandria, Virginia and satellite offices around the country including Sacramento, California, the lobbyist network of over 2,000 people remains second to none. The firm has also expanded to include ten complementary services using in-house expertise and cutting-edge technology to form a true turnkey solution in government relations.
Over the years, we’ve added legislative and regulatory tracking and research, social media tracking, city and county issue monitoring, lobbying compliance services, coalition management, strategic consulting, and state and local tax policy consulting. We are proud to have revolutionized the state government relations business. Our commitment to help clients save time and money and achieve effective results is as strong as ever—as is our reputation for doing so.