The industry's massive lobbying effort this week to oppose Sen.Durbin's interchange amendment triggered an estimated 35,000letters and e-mail messages to U.S. senators but that wasapparently dwarfed by retailers' counter campaign.

With both CUNA and NAFCU voicing disappointment at the Senate's64-33 vote for the amendment clearing the way for the FederalReserve to regulate "reasonable and proportional" interchange rateson debit cards, trade messages were being issued reminding the CUaudience that the "fight is not over and we clearly have more workto do."

That's the case considering the retailer push was far greaterthan CUs since "merchants and retailers garnered a surmounting92,000 letters from Illinois alone," noted the California/NevadaCredit Union League in an e-mail message sent today to its creditunion supporters, which include CU executives, volunteers andmembers.

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