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CUNAs Ryan Donovan named a top lobbyist
WASHINGTON (5/3/11)-- CEO Update newsletter has named Credit Union National Association Vice President of Legislative Affairs Ryan Donovan one of 2011’s top lobbyists. CEO Update is a widely read, twice-monthly print publication for executives in the association and nonprofit fields. The CEO Update special edition “highlights those who deftly employed the tradecraft of association lobbying--whether identifying issues of concern before their impact is widely known, energizing members for visits to the Hill, winning the information war, forming coalitions, marshaling experts, wearing out shoe leather or simply being a good judge of people.” Donovan was extensively quoted in a story on the ongoing fight over interchange fee cap legislation, in which he notes that credit unions and banking interests have worked together to build momentum for an amendment that would delay the implementation of proposed interchange fee cap rules for up to two years. While the need to focus only on one aspect of the overall Dodd-Frank Act gave retailers a “terrific advantage,” during consideration of the Dodd-Frank Act, Donovan said that his ability to explain complicated financial issues in ways that “members of Congress and their staffs can understand” has helped credit unions refocus the debate on the unintended consequences of the debit interchange regulations. The CEO Update item notes that staying aware of the issues, framing policy debates, and building coalitions are all central to lobbying success.


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