WASHINGTON (11/01/13)--The Credit Union National Association and its president/CEO, Bill Cheney, were again featured in The Hill's annual list of top lobbyists--this year for "fighting tooth and nail" to preserve the credit union tax status "amid fierce opposition from the banking sector."
The Hill says of its prestigious list: "While not every advocate on the list fits the traditional K Street mold, they all have one thing in common: a proven ability to make things happen in Washington." It is Cheney's third consecutive year on the top lobbying list; he became head of CUNA in 2010.
"This recognition reflects the ongoing efforts of CUNA, the state leagues and credit unions--throughout the past year and every year--to be the strong voice advocating for the best interests of credit unions and their 98 million members across America," said Paul Gentile, CUNA executive vice president of strategic communications and engagement.
Gentile added that in both legislative and regulatory advocacy, CUNA's goals are to minimize restrictions and maximize flexibility for credit unions to best serve their members.
CUNA was one of just 69 associations named to The Hill's 2012 list of nonprofit lobbyists. The Hill also lists leaders in grassroots, corporate and "hired gun" categories.
The Hill noted that it uses the term "lobbyist" broadly "to encompass the people who are working day in and day out" to help shape federal policy. Not all of those listed are registered lobbyists, The Hill added.
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