How Effective Target Setting Can Impact a Grassroots Campaign

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Attorney and businessman Martin Milita is graduate of the Temple University School of Law, and served as the chief executive officer of Fiore Group Companies, Inc. from 1996 to 2001. Currently, Martin Milita serves as senior director at Duane Morris Government Strategies, LLC, a company that provides a full range of government relations and public affairs services such as grassroots campaigning.

A grassroots campaign is usually undertaken by an organization seeking to impact pending legislation. Because the main objective of a grassroots campaign is to get legislators to take notice of the campaign’s message, some lobbyists may rely on large numbers and loud voices. However, a reliance on these factors may defeat the overall purpose of the campaign.

One of the things that lobbyists must observe in conducting grassroots campaign is effective target setting. Phone calls and mailing in large numbers may be effective if all supporters can actively participate in the campaign, but that is not always the case. Otherwise, lobbyists should target the quality of the legislator connections, not the quantity. In fact, even a small number of phone calls can create a huge impact of they are targeted to people who maintain close relationships with politicians. As such, lobbyists must build these relationships and eventually put them to good use when the need arises.

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Knights of Columbus Breaks Charitable Records 17th Year in a Row

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Martin Milita has served as a senior director at Duane Morris Government Strategies in Trenton, New Jersey, since 2012. A committed philanthropist, Martin Milita supports the charitable faith-based organization Knights of Columbus.

A fraternal benefit society dedicated to helping people who are poor, ill, or disabled, Knights of Columbus maintains more than 1.9 million members worldwide. In a recent press release, the society announced its success in attaining record-breaking charitable efforts for the 17th consecutive year. As with previous years, 2015 witnessed steady gains in both donations and service hours. Last year’s totals reached $175,079,192 in contributions and 73.4 million service hours—up $1.5 million and more than a million hours in 2014. As expounded in the Knights’ Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity, 2015’s most magnanimous jurisdictions included Texas, California, Illinois, Michigan, and Ontario.

For the 2016-2017 fraternal year, Knights hopes to continue to expand its number of financial gifts and volunteer hours.

Knights of Columbus Recognized as a World’s Most Ethical Company

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Since 2012, Martin Milita has served as senior director at Duane Morris Government Strategies (DMGS) in New Jersey, where he provides public affairs and government relations services. Martin Milita complements his professional endeavors with support for various nonprofit groups and charities, including the fraternal service organization Knights of Columbus.

In a recent press release, the Knight of Columbus announced that it was recognized as a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute, one of the top groups in the world dedicated to advancing ethical business practices. Ethisphere has named the Knights of Columbus as one the world’s most ethical companies for three consecutive years, and it is one of just two life insurance companies included on the list. According to the CEO of Knights of Columbus, the company applies Catholic values and ethical standards across all of its business activities, from investments to daily operations.

Ethisphere has been identifying ethical companies for a decade based on their ability to foster corporate trust, align ethical standards with action, and model innovative best practices. By upholding ethical standards, Ethisphere explains that companies generate more value for stakeholders and establish a sustainable business advantage.

Martin Milita – Medicaid Fraud Control Units

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With experience in legislative and regulatory lobbying, business development, and law, Martin Milita serves as senior director at Duane Morris Government Strategies, LLC. In this position, Martin Milita has investigated matters related to fracking, environmental permits, and Medicaid fraud throughout the state.

Jointly funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General and by their home states, Medicaid Fraud Control Units prosecute people who violate the Medicaid system. They investigate claims of patient abuse and neglect in healthcare facilities, violations of the Civil False Claims Act that impact Medicaid, and fraud against any part of the Medicaid system. First established in 1977, these organizations consist of lawyers, investigators, and legislators who understand the Medicaid system. Currently, 49 states and the District of Columbia all have their own Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers remain a key area of focus for Medicaid Fraud Control Units. Over 60% of the civil settlements and judgments they obtained throughout FY 2013 came from investigations of actions committed by these companies. The same year saw the largest criminal recovery in the program’s history following an investigation into a pharmaceutical manufacturer. Among the conglomerate’s illicit actions were illegal marketing, false statements about safety, and illegal payments made to healthcare practitioners.

What Is the Process of an Internal Investigation?

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Attorney Martin Milita serves as senior director at Duane Morris Government Strategies, LLC, in Trenton, New Jersey. A member of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, Martin Milita draws on his skills and experience in business law to walk companies through the process of conducting an internal investigation.

A number of events can trigger an internal investigation within a company, including an allegation or suggestion of wrongdoing or misconduct. The allegation or suggestion may come from an outside source, such as a regulatory agency, or an internal party, such as an employee or shareholder.

Once a company deems an internal investigation necessary, the company should first locate and review any documents related to the inquiry. Then, it should conduct interviews with anyone who may be involved or have knowledge relevant to the investigation. Finally, the company should compile all findings and report to company leaders and to those responsible for triggering the investigation.

The process of an internal investigation can be complicated and time consuming, but companies can save time and stress by employing the services of an attorney experienced in business law.

Civil War Trust – Preserving America’s History

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Martin Milita serves as a senior director at Duane Morris Government Strategies, a firm providing the full spectrum of government relations services, from business development to legislative lobbying. Outside of his work with DMGS, Martin Milita supports nonprofits like the Civil War Trust, which maintains as its primary mission the preservation of Civil War battlegrounds.

Today, much of the land that served as the site of battles during the Civil War has been or is in danger of being destroyed by development. In fact, only 20 percent of battlefields are protected as part of local, state, or national parks, or through the work of nonprofits like the Civil War Trust. As development continues, the trust estimates that the United States is losing important battlegrounds at the rate of one acre per hour.

To combat the loss of these historic sites, the Civil War Trust multiplies donations from both private and public entities to purchase land. In the past years, it has matched every dollar donated by members with outside grants, multiplying private donations by a factor of four. Over the years, the trust has used these funds to preserve over 40,000 acres of historically significant land.

Preservation Efforts for the Gettysburg Civil War Battlefield

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The senior director of Duane Morris Government Strategies LLC, Martin Milita is a public affairs professional based in New Jersey. Outside of his professional life, Martin Milita is a supporter of the Civil War Trust’s Gettysburg preservation efforts.

The Civil War Trust and its partner organizations have devoted time and effort to preserving 927 acres of the land upon which the iconic Battle of Gettysburg was fought. Though large, central sections of the battlefield are protected within the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic site, various additional tracts of historic lands on the outskirts of the main battlefield have been purchased by the Civil War Trust. Upon purchase, the lands are shielded from new development via conservation easements or transfer to the National Park Service or other preservation groups.

Many of the protected sites were once the locations of family farms and antebellum houses, where field hospitals and cavalry staging areas were set up by both armies. To learn more about the history behind the Gettysburg Battlefield and related conservation efforts, visit the Civil War Trust’s website at www.civilwar.org.