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Clarkston Nelson Government Solutions
Clarkston Nelson Government Solutions is a full-service governmental relations and advocacy firm located in Jefferson City, Missouri. Although recently founded, our team shares a longstanding, respected reputation in the Missouri State Capitol. Our uniquely qualified professionals have decades of combined experience working with the Missouri State Legislature, the Executive Branch and with State Agencies.
The world of politics has changed over the years making it essential for businesses to have an effective and efficient working relationship with policy makers. Our team holds extensive policy knowledge, strong communication and relationship-building skills and precise legislative strategies resulting in successful governmental advocacy for our clients.
At Clarkston Nelson, we believe our teamwork approach — based on years of experience, hard work and dedication to our clients’ interests — provides a strong route to client advocacy and effective results bridging the gap between business and government.
Monitoring Issues of Interest
PAC Planning and Compliance
In a world of constant change due to term-limits, ever changing political winds and executive branch turnover, we at Clarkston Nelson adapt and thrive due to our extensive experience and hard work. We work extremely hard to successfully help our clients reach their advocacy goals through our professionalism and unique understanding of the legislative and executive process. We provide direct lobbying efforts to shape legislation and regulations from the beginning to implementation. Our firm is capable of providing all services necessary such as legislation and issue monitoring, public engagement counseling, public testimony, and coalition building.
We believe that public opinion shapes much of the debate and decisions at the government level. Clarkston Nelson has a long history of collaborating with clients in the preparation and development of messaging to assist in their advocacy efforts before the Legislature, regulators or any other decision-making body. Our strategic communications will be aimed at reaching our client’s underlying goal and often can be conveyed to the media and the public to potentially sway opinion to our favor. Often, strategic communications are aided with coalition-building efforts to expand our sphere of influence and to find additional partners who share with our goals and preferred outcomes.
Our firm recognizes the vast importance of relationship building throughout the political, regulatory, and industry sectors. We believe healthy relationships are built on honest communication and respect. We collaborate diligently with legislators and department contacts to know our clients and understand why their issues matter. Clarkston Nelson strives to maintain professional and positive relations with state elected officials and decision-makers and can utilize our relationships to assist clients with ensuring their issues are properly understood and considered when needed.
Clarkston Nelson has a tremendous amount of experience following the state appropriations and budgeting process. Doug Nelson served as Commissioner of Administration and had a direct education on the process through his experience as a member of the Governor’s cabinet. Clarkston Nelson continues to assist clients with navigation through the complex and daunting budget process from the early stages of planning to legislative appropriation, gubernatorial action, and finally implementation by various state departments. Clarkston Nelson provides constant monitoring of all state budget items, including the state project procurement process.
Monitoring Issues of Interest
Many of the problems or opportunities for clients begin due to an issue occurring outside the capitol building. As such, it is critical that clients constantly monitor current events, elections, regulatory agencies, and legislative committees to stay aware of all issues of importance. Clarkston Nelson provides constant monitoring of all legislative, regulatory or news stories and reports regularly to a client on any relevant issue as it may arise.
Further, more than 2,000 bills are filed every year by the Missouri Legislature. Clarkston Nelson provides a service that reviews all legislation filed or offered as amendments to ensure their clients understand the impact of such legislation and if a need arises to intervene with an advocacy effort.
Pac Planning and Compliance
Clarkston Nelson provides clients with advice and strategies for political giving that meet their needs. These plans are developed for supporting elected officials, candidates, or ballot questions. We aid with all required state reporting requirements and ensure that all requirements on donation limits, timely filing, and corporate registration laws are followed. Many state trade associations establish continuing committees before the Missouri Ethics Commission and require our services for bookkeeping and compliance.
Clients interested in obtaining contracts and landing business from state agencies have a strong partnership with Clarkston Nelson. CN staff works with the various state departments and will arrange meetings with department leaders prior to “requests for proposals.” Clients are assisted with bid responses, on-boarding, expectations, and troubleshooting, along with working with the state budget. Doug Nelson served five years as the state’s Commissioner of Administration, and his expertise and contacts in procurements is extraordinary.
Out-of-state Advocacy Networking
Clarkston Nelson is a proud member of The Advocacy Group, a 50-state lobbying network with deep relationships across the USA. TAG is a one-stop, results-oriented network for clients with needs in multiple jurisdictions. TAG is the perfect place to find the very best lobbyists in a single city, state, country, or specialty.
Clarkston Nelson LLC is located just two blocks from the historic Missouri State Capitol building in downtown Jefferson City. Clarkston Nelson is located on the third floor of the Monroe House building and provides our clients with Guest WiFi, conference rooms and offices, and audio/visual equipment and connections.