February 20, 2006

  In this Issue:

  1. A Letter from the President
  2. Hot Tip - FEC ID # Lookup
  3. Focus On: Public Pages
  4. A Job Opportunity at CompleteCampaigns!
  5. Fuel us Feed back!
  6. Submit to CampaignGuide!

A Letter from the President

Dear Friend,

Keeping up to-date with changing federal, state and local filing requirements is a never-ending job. The agencies are constantly changing electronic and paper forms, issuing new guidelines, and finding new issues to address.

In order to manage all of this, we are constantly working to enhance our communications with the filing agencies. When available, we ask to be placed on mailing lists and e-mail lists. When these don't exist, we make periodic calls to maintain relationships and seek information about upcoming changes.

When we are notified of a needed update, our web-based nature makes it extremely easy to update our software. Unlike traditional software, where everything gets packed into one large program, web-development works with small easily manageable and updated pages. This environment allows us to quickly make changes and quickly test them. Most importantly, after programming changes, we can generally deploy them to all our clients in literally seconds.

Recently the FEC released versions 5.3 of the electronic filing specification. Because of these methods, we had BackOffice upgraded to meet the new specification on the first day the new format was supported.

Unfortunately, not all agencies are as communicative as the FEC, nor are all needed changes as publicly announced as changes in the electronic filing format. Many of the changes we make in our government reporting tools are directly a result of feedback from your experiences.

Often the first we hear about a new interpretation of a rule comes when one of our clients receives a "request for additional information" from the agency. By sharing these with our office as soon as you receive them, we'll be able to rapidly assist you in correcting mistakes you might have made or make any necessary changes to our software.

So please, keep sending us whatever information you receive from your filing agency about changing rules and requirements and we'll keep updating BackOffice to better serve your needs.

- Ben Katz

Hot Tip - FEC ID # Lookup

Jenny, I got your number.
I need to make you mine.
Jenny, don't change your number,
8-6-7-5-3-0-9, 8-6-7-5-3-0-9
8-6-7-5-3-0-9, 8-6-7-5-3-0-9

Tommy Tutone made it easy for the whole world to remember Jenny's number -- too bad he didn't work for the FEC. With so many numbers to cram into your brain, what's one more? We say it's one more too many! That's why we have the FEC ID # lookup.

Need the FEC ID number for that committee or candidate? It's easy!

  1. Click on Help and select FEC ID # Lookup.
  2. You can search by committee name or candidate name. Fill in the appropriate field.
  3. Click Search.

You should see a list of all the committees or candidates with that name. Now you can add the FEC ID number to organization and individual records without the hassle of calling around trying to find their number.

If only finding a good pizza place was as easy.

Focus On: Public Pages

Focus On is our new series of email tutorials. We will show you a few overlooked features in our system. We encourage you to print this document and keep it next to your computer, to follow along easily through the lesson.

In this edition, we will show you a few overlooked features in our system

Click here to view this month's Focus On.

As always, if you have questions about what you've read in our Focus On, we encourage you to call us and get additional training. Our support staff is always happy to provide you with the information you need.

A Job Opportunity at CompleteCampaigns!

We currently have an opening for full-time employment in the Sales department. A full job description is available on our Jobs board. If you know anyone who would be interested in working in this area, please forward a resume to .

Fuel us with Feedback!

We love hearing about how much you enjoy using Our business is built around serving our clients' needs. Your comments and concerns fuel us in serving you with outstanding products and customer service. Please send anything you have to say about to Jessica Wong.

Thanks for fueling us to be a better company.

Submit to CampaignGuide!

We're always looking for new content and articles for our CampaignGuide. We'd love to hear from you, since we know that our clients are the most talented people in the business. If you decide to share your expertise with us, we'll include your contact info and a web link to your business with your article. Review our CampaignGuide and please, don't hold back if you have material that needs to be covered!

Please e-mail all submissions to Jessica Wong.


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