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The New Consumer Financial Protection Regulator: What Your Members Need to Know
By: Tracey Steiner
The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection was created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This independent bureau within the Federal Reserve System has a broad authority to regulate consumer financial products or services. Find out how this new bureau will monitor the business of associations' members.

How Can Your Association Get Involved in The Next Election Cycle?
By: M. Catherine Wilcox
The 2012 election season is heating up and your association won't want to be left out in the cold. If your association is a 501(c)(6) organization, your tax-exempt status depends on your promotion of a common business interest and not engaging in a regular business that is ordinarily carried on for profit. You can engage in political activity without jeopardizing your tax-exempt status as long as it does not become your primary activity. But what constitutes political activity? Read on to learn what is permissible and what is not.


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