November 28, 2014

Government Relations News-in-Brief

Association News

The Hill newspaper named National Retail Federation government relations SVP David French a "Top Lobbyist" for the fourth year since he joined NRF in 2011. TRENDS named French a Leading Association Lobbyist twice, including in 2013. He wrote the introduction for the 2014 Washington Representatives directory, which is published by Columbia Books, parent company of Association TRENDS.

Public Affairs Council presented Heidi Ecker, National Association of Chain Drug Stores government affairs and grassroots programs director, with the Volunteer of the Year Award. She received the award during the Council’s recent board meeting.

After a year in which several major retailers, including Target, suffered significant data breaches, retailers are firing back at their critics. Credit Union National Association and other credit union associations blamed poor security at retail points of sale for the breaches. The National Retail Federation, Retail Industry Leaders Association, and others co-signed a letter that blasted credit union associations for what the letter called “misleading and factually inaccurate” information about the data breaches perpetuated by credit union associations. For the full text of the letter, click here

Numerous construction and engineering associations have banded together to put pressure on OSHA to fix what it calls “uncertainty and delays” surrounding crane operator rules. The new coalition is called Coalition for Crane Operator Safety and includes Associated Equipment Distributors, Associated General Contractors of America, among others.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Ohio Oil & Gas Association are butting heads over Fish and Wildlife’s plan to add the northern long-eared bat to the endangered species list. The bat, which has seen significant decline due to a fungal infection known as white-nose syndrome, lives in areas of Ohio that contain infrastructure projects related to Ohio’s fracking industry. If the bat is listed as endangered, pipelines and other projects would be stalled while the oil and gas industry proves that their operations will not harm the bat. As a result, Ohio Oil & Gas Association spent $45,000 dollars this year on lobbying.

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