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Bankers rank among top lobbyists

By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Posted: 5 pm ET

The 2012 presidential election is over, but no end is in sight for the lobbying activities that are business as usual in Washington, D.C., politics.

Among the top lobbyists in the U.S. -- "top" being defined by The Hill, a lobbying news website -- are are a number of heavy-hitters who represent big banks and banking industry associations.

Here's a quick look at those who made The Hill's list of 2012's Top Lobbyists.

  • Nate Gatten, JPMorgan Chase and Co., had to cope with what The Hill characterized as "the fallout from massive trading loss earlier this year."
  • Dan Berger and Brad Thaler, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, will work to keep credit union's tax exemption from "being thrown on the fire in tax reform," The Hill noted.
  • Bill Cheney, Credit Union National Association, also is "keeping tabs" on Dodd-Frank, the website said.
  • Camden Fine, Independent Community Bankers of America, is out to make sure Dodd-Frank doesn't damage community lenders, The Hill said.
  • Richard Hunt, Consumer Bankers Association, has been a "vocal and visible advocate for retail banks," The Hill said.
  • Frank Keating, American Bankers Association, has "kept a steady hand at the influential bank lobby," the website noted.
  • Scott Talbott, Financial Services Roundtable, who, The Hill said, "would be near the top" if lobbying had an A-list.

One banking nemesis on the list was David French, National Retail Federation, who The Hill said is working to protect retailers' swipe fees victory, among other objectives.

Also on the list were lobbyists who represent defense contractors and health care, technology, media, telecommunications and energy companies, among other special interests and a long list of "hired gun" companies that lobby lawmakers on behalf of multiple clients, including some in the financial industry.

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