FSI sets advocacy priorities for 2015

When it comes to making a difference in the legislative and regulatory process in Washington, D.C., and across the country, some core principles apply no matter which side of the aisle you’re on.

In a moderated conversation at last month’s OneVoice conference — the Financial Services Institute’s annual gathering for independent financial services firm executives — Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to President George W. Bush, and Robert Gibbs, former White House press secretary and longtime adviser to President Barack Obama, shared insights from their combined decades of experience in political campaigns and at the highest levels of government.

While they disagreed on a number of areas (as one would expect), Messrs. Rove and Gibbs concurred on a crucial aspect of effective advocacy: organizations that are successful over time in representing their members’ interests are those that are active and engaged in dialogue with key legislators and regulators well before significant bills and rule proposals are introduced.


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