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Government Advocacy. Media Relations. Business Consulting

About Us


Capitol Partners is an Ohio-based advocacy, public affairs and communications firm. For more than 10 years, we’ve delivered insight, expertise, and ideas that help clients solve problems, create opportunities, and lift their communities. Whether we
are directly lobbying the state legislature or executing a public affairs or media campaign, we believe that results are the only real measure of success.

Our clients range from non-profit organizations to international private companies to public-private partnerships. They trust us to generate innovative solutions to complex problems. They rely on us for effective strategies to capitalize on opportunities. And they value us for thorough, responsive, and committed service.


Experienced, Creative, Connected

Capitol Partners represents a
combined 50+ years of experience executing successful strategies. Yet we recognize that in our rapidly changing environment, yesterday’s solutions won’t always achieve tomorrow’s goals. That’s why we always take an open minded, adaptable and agile approach to new challenges.

One truth that will never change: Relationships are invaluable. By operating with uncompromising integrity, accountability and respect, we’ve built strong relationships throughout Ohio that make collaborative wins possible.

We bring the experience to see opportunities, the creativity to develop strategy, and the relationships that bring it all to life effectively and efficiently.


Respect, Responsiveness and Results

Our commitment to client service is unwavering. Your time is valuable and your resources are limited. Our pledge to you is never to waste either and to deliver quality, timely service that produces results.

Bottom line: We know we can be judged only by the value we bring to our clients and their interests, and that our success depends entirely on helping you achieve the results you seek.

Meet The Team


Matthew Cox is the founder and President of Capitol Partners. Matt has more than 25 years of experience as a lobbyist, attorney, political operative, and public relations consultant. His government experience includes service with the Read More

Eric Weldele is a partner of Capitol Partners. Eric brings more than 20 years serving as a lobbyist, strategic consultant and attorney.  Eric has experience working in both public and private sectors, and working with all sizes of Read More

Rebecca Simon has a decade of experience successfully lobbying for clients on a broad range of issues such as energy, health and human services, transportation and economic development. She worked with the Pew Charitable Trusts to pass Read More

Dora Pruce brings more than 20 years of diverse public and private sector experience to Capitol Partners. Dora’s effective and impactful client strategy approach is informed by her background in state and federal government in Read More

Rob Frost has more than two decades in public service, in private law practice and as a business owner himself, Rob Frost has gained valuable experience in a wide range of legal issues, particularly in the areas of governmental law and Read More

Jason Copsey joined Capitol Partners in December 2022 as Director of Communications and Media Strategy. Copsey is an experienced communications strategist with expertise in media relations, public relations, crisis communications Read More

Rachel Schubert joined the Capitol Partners team in August 2022, serving as the firm’s Manager of Government Relations.

Rachel began her career as a 2021 Ohio Legislative Service Commission Fellow placed in the Read More




Shaping public opinion and influencing policy outcomes requires high-level relationships and the ability to illustrate importance and impact of an issue or idea to the right audiences.

Capitol Partners excels at navigating the intricate connections between elected officials, the business community and the public. We advocate for our clients’ interests by developing unique strategies – there is no one-size-fits-all solution in today’s complex political and media landscape.


Through strategic messaging, stakeholder development, coalition building and targeted media engagement, we create and execute effective campaigns that drive meaningful change. Our team of experienced professionals are legislative process experts with a deep understanding of the regulatory landscape.


We leverage strong relationships with every executive statewide office, Ohio’s state legislature and Congressional delegation, regulatory bodies and local government officials throughout the state. These relationships enable us to quickly develop a team to meet your specific needs. We help mobilize industry experts, generate earned media, develop social media strategies, coordinate community events, and organize meetings with elected officials to guarantee your messages are heard and understood.



Every organization has a story to tell. A strong strategic communications plan is critical to ensuring that story reaches the right audiences at the right time. We leverage years of messaging, media and content experience to help clients engage, connect, and inspire key stakeholders.

Message Development

Creating an authentic and compelling set of core messages helps companies and organizations establish an identity with stakeholders over time. Our message development process begins with establishing a deep understanding of not only client values and priorities, but also stakeholder interests and needs. This ensures messaging is relevant and impactful.

Media and Public Relations

The most effective way to connect with a target audience is to meet them where they are. That’s why we develop media and PR plans that balance earned, owned, and paid media strategies. Our strong relationships with media across the state and versatile content development capabilities are key to successful campaigns.

Executive Communications & Media Training

Our clients rely on us to build visibility and develop personal and organizational brands. Speaking on behalf of an organization is a significant responsibility. We support clients by offering public speaking training, speechwriting support and issue-based message development and ongoing coaching. Our media training process leverages our extensive experience conducting interviews to ensure our clients are prepared to make the most of media opportunities.

Strategic Counsel

Executing a sound communications plan requires the ability to adapt to new opportunities and ideas. We serve as trusted advisors to clients – an extension of staff – to make sure communications strategy remains aligned with business goals.





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