Government Affairs

Government Affairs

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  • Representation - Ranked the 40th most influential lobbying organization in Washington D.C. by Fortune Magazine, ABC provides government affairs advocacy for our members at the local, state, and national levels.
  • ABC's Grassroots Network - Educating candidates and elected officials on issues crucial to our members and their employees. Click Here to learn more.
  • National and State Political Action Committees (PACS) - Helping to elect pro-business, pro-merit shop individuals at every level of government. Click Here to learn more.
  • The Free Enterprise Alliance (FEA) - Issue-advocacy arm of ABC, educating America about the crucial importance of fee and open competition. Click Here to learn more.
  • ABC Legal Resources - Legal council, publications, and seminars on employment law, labor law, Davis-Bacon compliance, and more. Contact the ABC Office for more information pertaining to ABC Legal Resources.

Idaho State

Associated Builders and Contractors Inland Pacific Chapter Government Affairs Jany Wittmeyer Idaho State
In Idaho, the Inland Pacific ABC employs Jane Wittmeyer, principal of Wittmeyer and Associates, LLC. Wittmeyer
is a proven leader with over 25 years of experience in public policy at the federal, state and regional levels.  With 12 years of lobbying with the Idaho Legislature, her focus has been on business issues, taxes, transportation, natural resources and environmental issues.  Jane has been an strong asset for the merit shop in Idaho's State Capitol.

Washington State

Associated Builders and Contractors Inland Pacific Chapter Government Affairs Cliff Webster Washington State
In Washington State, the Inland Pacific ABC employs Cliff Webster, principal at Carney Badley Spellman, P.S. He was rated one of the top 10 “lobbyists to call to get things done” by Washington Law and Politics magazine. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University and his law degree from Gonzaga University. Mr. Webster is also the chairman of the Liability Reform Coalition (of which ABC is a member) and he was elected chairman of the State Capital Global Law Firm Group, a position of respect among lawyers and lobbyists worldwide. Cliff has lobbied for ABC since 1985.

How do i make a difference?

Get involved!

The United States is a country where every citizen has an opportunity to make a difference by getting involved in your community, your state and even the Federal government.  One person can make a difference!  As citizens of the greatest country on earth, we have an obligation to become involved and protect our freedom!  

How do you get involved?  It starts by being informed then becoming involved!

ABC government affairs committees

ABC’s standing committee is the Washington Government Affairs committees. These committees meet regularly to monitor issues of importance to ABC members and be involved in legislative and regulatory activities. 

If you are interested in joining the Government Affairs Committees please contact the IPC-ABC Office at (509) 534-0826.

Get informed!

Government in the United States fundamentally operates the same, with the model based upon the Federal Constitution and structure. 

For example like the U.S. Constitution, every state has a state constitution.  Likewise the states have three branches of government:  the Executive Branch, (represented by the Governor); the Legislative Branch, (usually composed of a State Senate and State House of Representatives);  and the Judicial Branch, (headed by the State Supreme Court with lower courts beneath it). 

All states have a Governor and various other elected officials which typically include the Lt. Governor, Treasurer, Secretary of State, Attorney General and Auditor, (some states have others as well). 

All states, except one, have a bicameral legislature, which means that the legislature is composed of two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives.  Every state is divided up by legislative districts, (determined by population), from which the Senators and Representatives are elected by the voters within that district.  There is a great variety among the states however, as to the number of Senators and Representatives. 

Most state legislatures meet for a set period each year which is the case for both Washington and Idaho.  Some states, like Oregon, only meet every other year. 

Click Washington to learn more about Washington Government.

Click Idaho to learn more about Idaho Government.