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GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY

ACA Member Attends Fundraiser
for U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett

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eritage Financial Recovery Services President Elizabeth Clifford Mallory met
with U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) during a fundraiser for the congressman in
November 2015.
Mallory and Garrett discussed the budget bill signed by President Barack Obama that
includes the provision to use modern dialing technologies when contacting consumers via cell
phone about government-related debts.
The U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan budget bill in a 64-35 vote on Oct. 30. With the
president's signature on Nov. 2, the bill paves the way for companies to use modern dialing
technologies when contacting consumers via cell phone about debts owed to or guaranteed by
the government-such as student loans, mortgages and taxes.
ACA International has advocated that all lawful businesses making informational calls to
consumers should be able to use modern dialing technology to reach consumers in the way
they want to be contacted.
Mallory and staff from Heritage Financial Recovery Services, located in Upper Saddle
River, N.J., have met with Garrett before. In July 2014, they discussed reform of the Telephone
Consumer Protection Act and other issues facing the credit and collection industry at the time.
In 2014, Mallory talked to Garrett about some issues facing credit and collection industry
members, such as daily frivolous lawsuits and the "catch-22" of complying with the Fair Debt
Collection Practices Act.
ACA will remain in contact with Garrett, who serves on the House Financial Services
Committee and House Budget Committee.
ACA members interested in connecting with their legislative representatives can
access resources available through the association's political action committee, ACPAC.
ACPAC continues to work hard to build and maintain strong relationships with lawmakers
on both sides of the political aisle. Fundraising is an investment in candidates' careers and an
opportunity to build a solid relationship with key representatives and introduce them to the
critical issues facing the credit and collection industry in 2016.
ACPAC also helps provide members of ACA with excellent opportunities to develop deeper
relationships with their representatives. For more information, contact ACPAC Director Rae
Ann Bevington at bevington@acainternational.org or (202) 547-2670.

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