Monday, February 08, 2010

Jaw Dropping

I saw this over at Kos and had to go look and see if it was true. Looks like its for real. It is absolutely astounding:

This is the ACA:

ACA International, the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals, is the comprehensive, knowledge-based resource for success in the credit and collection industry. Founded in 1939, ACA brings together more than 5,500 members worldwide, including third-party collection agencies, asset buyers, attorneys, creditors and vendor affiliates. The association establishes ethical standards; produces a wide variety of products, services and publications; and articulates the value of the credit and collection industry to businesses, policymakers and consumers.

And here's their own press release detailing their claim to have influenced the MA election:

ACA International and its members played an important role in Scott Brown's (R-Mass.) stunning win in the Massachusetts special election to succeed the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.).

ACA Immediate Past President Jay Gonsalves and fellow New England Collectors Association member David Sands reached out to ACA members and mobilized them to contribute approximately $11,000 to the Brown campaign to assist with its get-out-the-vote efforts. Not only did members send money, but many agencies offered use of their phones as an in-kind contribution to the campaign.

This kind of ACA member mobilization just days before an election is unprecedented. With the very real threat of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency looming in Congress, as well as wholesale changes to a health care system that would affect many credit and collection professionals' livelihoods, ACA members helped the Brown campaign create a groundswell to victory.

On election night, ACA member Adam Plotkin wrote, “What a huge victory for the industry, and a huge opportunity for ACA. Look how quickly we mobilized and how much money we brought in from all over the country. Seriously, this is awesome. Our members should be extremely proud of how well ACPAC [ACA's political action committee] functioned. Honestly—I am proud just to be a part of it!”

The conventional wisdom had been that the Democrats would host a competitive primary in December 2009, and the party's nominee would cruise to victory in the Jan. 19, 2010, general election. Massachusetts voters hadn't elected a Republican to the Senate since Ed Brooke won re-election to a second term in 1972. Democrats control all 10 congressional seats and every statewide constitutional office, and have overwhelming majorities in both houses of the state legislature. President Obama took 62 percent of the vote in 2008, and according to Gallup, Massachusetts was the most Democratic state in the nation that year based on party self-identification.

Remarkably, Brown carried seven out of 10 congressional districts—including that of Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.)—and ACA members helped make the difference.

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