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Croneal Consulting Group to
Help Employers Avoid Hefty Ethics Fines with Lobbyist Tracking
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- June 2, 2008 -- Croneal
Consulting Group has developed a database to help employers avoid
paying out unnecessary cash on state fines for failing to timely file
lobbying reports with state ethics commissions.
The information and research services firm is
offering the Lobbyist Tracking Database on its Web portal,
LobbyistResources.com. The database was created in Microsoft Access and
contains 10 fields and six different reports that track everything
from pending lobbyist filings, actual filings, state fines, as well
as the timeliness in which employers or lobbyists submit filings.
With the tracking database, in-house staff
responsible for filings have the ability to remind lobbyists that
they have filings pending by e-mailing them a pending lobbyist
filings report. The database also supports a document link that
allows staff to incorporate filing forms to each report on a shared
Recent data indicates that the assessment of
civil penalties against employers for late lobbyist filings remains a
top priority in some states. In fact, in 2007, the Montana
Commissioner of Political Practices, which regulates state lobbyists,
fined more than 50 different principals or employers in an amount
exceeding $20,000 for failing to timely file lobbyist reports.
"Statutory fines resulting from delayed
lobbyist filings are an unnecessary and avoidable expense for
employers with the proper quality control procedures in place," said
Alexis Scott, product development manager for Croneal Consulting
Group. "We are hoping that more employers will see the benefit of
having an in-house lobbyist tracking database like ours that will
help them keep track of their lobbyists' filings."
Employers or lobbyists who are in interested in
learning more about the Lobbyist Tracking Database may view a
snapshot of it by visiting LobbyistResources.com and scrolling down to the section titled
"Legislative/Political Databases." The tracking database is currently
priced at $500 and can be customized to reflect the names of an
employer's retained lobbyists.
About Croneal Consulting Group
Croneal Consulting Group is an information and
research services firm that provides database development services
and Web portals beneficial to members of the legal, regulatory, and
government communities. The firm counts as its flagship product,
LobbyistResources.com, a Web portal for employers and their lobbyists, that
is fast becoming a top hang-out spot for employers and lobbyists who
access centralized state and federal resources to help them stay in
compliance with the law and perform their jobs.