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LYNCHBURG, Va.–When Navy Federal Credit Union pulled its membership from CUNA and the Virginia Credit Union League over the VCUL’s lobbyist representing payday lenders, it directly highlighted the impact of money in politics and lobbying.

Credit Union Times broke the story earlier this year that Reginald Jones, with the firm of Williams Mullen, also represents the largest payday lender trade association, the Community Financial Services Association. CFSA pays Jones and his firm $648,000, while the VCUL paid $25,000, according to a report from dailypress.com.

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