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Mica in iHilli Lobbying sunshine is here
WASHINGTON (2/29/08)—No matter who is in the White House this time next year, there will be a closer look at campaign dollars and what those dollars represent, according to Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President/CEO Dan Mica in his most recent regular guest column in The Hill. Mica said one point is clear: Change really is coming. “And for K Street, there is no way to sugarcoat it. For some lobbyists, this change will be quite dramatic, possibly even the end of the road,” he wrote. Associations and interest groups with questionable agendas—such as a defender of pollution—will be under more direct public scrutiny and will have greater difficulty gaining access to lawmakers, Mica said. “The Jack Abramoffs of the world cannot survive in the new environment, nor can those perceived to be playing along the dark gray edges,” he warned, referring to a disgraced Washington lobbyist. But Mica also called on those groups who work hard to make their voices heard “loudly but fairly” to think even harder about “doing business the right way.” Citing CUNA’s political action committee (CULAC) as a good example, Mica noted that it is one of the largest in Washington, on track this cycle to reach $4 million in contributions. And yet, he underscored, the average donation is around $10, showing the grassroots nature of the effort. Mica appears regularly in the Capitol Hill publication The Hill's as a guest columnist for its K Street Insiders feature. "K Street" refers to an area in Washington, D.C. known as a base for influential lobbyists, think tanks and advocacy groups stationed in the nation's capital.


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