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Continued: Pawlenty shakes up staff at financial lobbying group

  • Article by: JIM SPENCER and RACHEL STASSEN-BERGER , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Last update: December 8, 2013 - 7:02 AM

The trade group will now concentrate more on areas where its members share interests — areas such as lending/leasing, risk management, asset management and payments, Hawkins said.

Help-wanted ads on the FSR website list three senior government affairs posts — “head of government affairs,” “senior GA [government affairs] leader for asset management” and “GA director (non-mortgage lending & leasing, payments).”

Whiting said Pawlenty is operating on “guidance from membership” and from the board. “The board thought we were good, and we could be better,” he said.

The risk is in losing influence with people in positions to advance your interests. “Whoever the lobbyist is the person who owns the relationship,” Macher said. “There is the potential to lose those relationships and the confidence of your clients.”


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