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Mica Obamas K St. change--transparency
WASHINGTON (1/8/09)--With Congress back in session, Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President/CEO Dan Mica's monthly “K Street Insiders” column resumes in The Hill newspaper. His first topic of the year, fittingly, is “change.” “Since the campaign, we have heard so much about ‘change,’” Mica wrote, referring to the contest leading up to the 2008 federal election, which resulted in the election of Barack Obama as 44th president. What ‘change’ means in practice, Mica wrote, is to be determined. But, he added, his recent meeting representing CUNA before President-elect Obama’s transition team made it apparent that change has already come to lobbying efforts. Obama’s team said it wanted to post to the Internet the documents CUNA and other’s presented to transiton officials so that others can see what was presented. “Some on K Street may bristle at this new emphasis on transparency. I, for one, feel it is welcome and overdue. “It is about time that we have a level playing field, so that consumers and advocacy organizations can truly understand the facts — or, sadly, the distortion of facts — that are being presented to the administration,” Mica wrote. According to Mica, the organizations that face a difficult future are those claiming falsely to represent wide interests, while really representing a narrow few. “These are the same lobbying organizations that use questionable, in fact sketchy, data to make their distorted points. The public will now be able to see how they conduct a campaign of downright misinformation.” Mica assessed. Read more by accessing the resource link below.
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