Credit Union Lobbyists Honored
Heads of credit union trade associations once again made a list of top Washington lobbyists published Wednesday by political new publication The Hill.
NAFCU President/CEO Dan Berger and Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler were included, with The Hill saying the duo is working to ensure credit unions get a fair shake in new mortgage regulations. According to a release, this is the eleventh year Berger has made the list, and Thaler’s sixth year.
“Though it is nice to be recognized again as one of the top lobbyists in Washington, the credit and honor goes to the entire NAFCU legislative affairs team, who put in a lot of long hours and late nights on Capitol Hill,” Berger said. “Brad and I both appreciate the acknowledgement, and this renews our vigor to continue advocating for credit unions with members of Congress and the administration.”
CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney was also honored, with The Hill saying he and CUNA are fighting to preserve the credit union tax exemption amid fierce opposition from the banking sector.
Former CUNA leader Dan Mica, who now runs his own lobby and strategy firm, made the list, with the publication saying the former congressman knows how to build bipartisan coalitions to get things done.
Banking lobbyists were also included on the list. Independent Community Bankers of America President/CEO Camden Fine was honored for the sixth year in a row as a critic of too big to fail banks.
“Largely due to the efforts of the community bankers who volunteer their time and talents to the association, ICBA continues to ensure a bright future for the community banking industry by aggressively advocating to Washington policymakers the vital role community banks play in America’s economic system. I’m incredibly proud of what we do at ICBA and extraordinarily passionate and dedicated to fulfilling the association’s mission,” Fine said in a release.
Former Oklahoma Governor and American Bankers Association President/CEO Frank Keating was also included on the list, as was President/CEO Richard Hunt of the Consumer Bankers Association, President/CEO Rob Nichols of the Financial Services Forum, and Senior Vice President for Public Policy Scott Talbott of the Financial Services Roundtable.