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LexisNexis to Distribute Congressional Quarterly Content

Magazine article Information Today

LexisNexis to Distribute Congressional Quarterly Content

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Two veteran information industry companies, Congressional Quarterly, Inc. (CQ; http://www.cq.com) and LexisNexis Group (http://www.lexisnexis.com), have announced an alliance in which LexisNexis will become the exclusive online distribution partner for CQ's proprietary and highly regarded legislative content in the legal, government, and business markets. The agreement also provides for joint marketing of CQ and LexisNexis products across customer bases, and the anticipation of joint product development.

In addition, LexisNexis has agreed to discontinue LexisNexis Political Universe, its own legislative tracking service. According to a LexisNexis representative, the service was to end March 1 and customers were to be transitioned to either Nexis.com or CQ.com. CQ will fulfill remaining subscriptions of certain current Political Universe customers and will acquire the customer list from LexisNexis. The agreement does not affect the other LexisNexis Universe products, such as Congressional Universe for the academic market. The licensing agreement for CQ content does not extend to the public library or academic markets, where CQ will continue to sell its products through its own exclusive channels.

Under terms of the partnership, subscribers to the LexisNexis services will be able to access the following CQ legislative products:

* CQ Weekly, the CQ flagship newsweekly on Congress

* CQ Daily Monitor, CQ's daily tip sheet on congressional scheduling, news, and analysis

* House Action Reports, the periodical that monitors all activity on the House floor

* Bill Watch, the regularly updated profiles of major congressional legislation

* Committee Votes, CQ's ongoing coverage of all committee and subcommittee legislative markups

* Member Profiles, extensive biographical information on all members of Congress, also updated continually

The CQ content will be available as an add-on subscription option. LexisNexis subscribers will be able to select from among the CQ products or choose to get the entire package.

The addition of the CQ content is a very desirable extension to the LexisNexis service. The negotiations have been ongoing between the two companies and reportedly took 7 years to complete. Lisa Mitnick, a senior vice president at LexisNexis, called it the premier, "must-have" legislative content that rounds out the LexisNexis offerings. She noted that the CQ expertise is peerless, and combining its editorial excellence with the LexisNexis "one-stop shop" for news, business, and legal information would make it an unbeatable solution for customers. She said that, for information professionals, the access to the synthesis and analytical perspectives from CQ would be great for their constituencies.

CQ content will continue to be distributed electronically through CQ.com On-Congress, the CQ Web platform that provides a legislative tracking capability to lobbyists, government officials, media outlets, and corporate executives. Officials at CQ and LexisNexis said CQ.com OnCongress will continue to serve customers who track legislative activity closely, while research and other ad hoc informational needs will be served via LexisNexis. The CQ.com On-Congress site has additional content from CQ and also content licensed from other sources, such as the Bulletin News Network (BNN). …

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