Former CUNA President/CEO Dan Mica has registered as a lobbyist on behalf of CUNA and Kessler Financial Services, which helps credit unions and banks manage card portfolios.
Mica, who filed the requisite papers with Congress on Thursday, told Credit Union Times that he will be working on a range of issues of CUNA, including interchange and member business lending.
“I will be working in the legislative and regulatory areas and this will involve meeting with people, and devising strategy,’’ he said. “I’ll be continuing the kinds of things I did at CUNA where I think I can be helpful.’’
Mica, who left the top spot at CUNA last year after 14 years and founded his own consulting firm in February, said his contract with CUNA will be “for as long as we both think it is beneficial.’’
Mica said his work for Kessler, a Boston-based firm, will involve a range of issues, including interchange, but he wouldn’t work on any issues that conflict with positions taken by credit unions.
According to its website, Kessler has facilitated more than 125 credit union partnerships and helps credit unions “evaluate strategic options for their credit card portfolio. If a partnership is determined to be the best option, we will manage the process of finding a partner that will deliver a world-class program for credit union members.’’
Mica’s firm, Daniel A. Mica LLC, specializes in government relations and management consulting. Congress requires people to register as lobbyists if they spend more than 20% of their time lobbying.
When Mica announced the formation of his firm in February he said he didn’t anticipate registering as a lobbyist.