"Ask Doctor Debt is a tremendously valuable resource for ACA members," said Foundation Board Chairman Bill Wilcox. "It is a unique vehicle to help provide consumers with reliable information about debt collection and their rights,""America has been experiencing one of the worst economic crises since the Great Depression and the consumer public has been hungry for help," he said, "Ask Doctor Debt helps consumers and provides ACA members with an outstanding vehicle to assist customers and consumers in a very positive way.""The Foundation needs the support of ACA members, but a contribution is more than just a monetary donation," he said. "It is an investment into a valuable organization and online resource that improves the image and reputation of the industry."
government affairs By Nick Morgan and Mark Schiffman Hitting the Hill More than 200 ACA members visited with members of Congress during ACA’s Annual Convention & Exposition A s part of ACA International’s 71st Annual Convention & Exposition in Washington, D.C., more than 200 ACA members participated in 170 meetings with members of Congress and their staff— representing 38 states and more than 100 congressional districts. This record turnout by ACA members as grassroots advocates was an important show of solidarity in helping share with Congress critical issues facing the debt collection industry. It also reinforces the importance of ACA members having a sustained presence in Washington, D.C., with your federal government Top left: 2008/09 ACA President Jay Gonsalves, affairs office. IFCCE, with Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) Prior to “hitting the Hill,” Top right: Staff members for Rep. John Spratt (D- participants took part in a grassroots S.C.) spoke with ACA member Niel Welborn. advocacy training session, led by ACA Federal Government Affairs Director Left: Federal Government Affairs Director Adam Adam Peterman. Peterman (right) discusses the association’s ACA members focused on three key government affairs initiatives with Legislative Day issues in their meetings: attendees. • Updating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)—There is an urgent need to modernize and update the TCPA to allow businesses to contact consumers on their cell phones using modern technology. • Improving debt media and the eliminate the requirement that “We will now build upon these new information provided to third- companies that do not share and renewed relationships to move party debt collectors—A need exists information with third parties must forward ACA’s agenda in both the for legislation that includes a provide a privacy notice to House and Senate,” Peterman said. common-sense list of informational consumers. The House recently Following visits on Capitol Hill, items that lenders must be able to passed H.R. 3506 to eliminate such ACA members, several members of provide their third-party debt agents requirement, and attendees strongly Congress and their staff were invited to and potential purchasers of that debt urged the Senate to pass this a reception to learn how Ask Doctor to help consumers with verification noncontroversial, common-sense Debt (http://www.askdoctordebt.com) can requests. legislation. be an important resource for • Removing the duplicative and Feedback from participants indicated consumers. ACA members were unnecessary privacy notice that members of Congress and their honored to be joined by Rep. Erik requirements from the Gramm- staff were responsive to ACA members Paulsen (R-Minn.), Rep. Allen Boyd Leach-Blile
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