Payday loan association registers first in-house lobbyist

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CFSAA is not new to the lobbying game, having consistently used outside firms since 2000. But the in-house lobbyist registration comes at a particularly sensitive time for the industry as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has pledged to investigate the payday loan industry's practices.

The association paid $300,000 in lobbying feels to Sheffield Brothers and Timothy R. Rupli & Associates last quarter. Those firms reported working on issues related to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, specifically “treatment of community lenders and the formation of CFPB.”

This will be Halloran’s first time registering as a lobbyist, Legistorm first reported. A CFSAA staffer confirmed that Halloran now works for the organization.

CFSAA and Halloran did not respond to immediate requests for comment. 

Lobbying fees are not reported on registration forms.