Commercial Real Estate Finance Council Spent $150K For Q3 Lobbying

Commercial Real Estate Finance Council Spent $150K For Q3 Lobbying The Commercial Real Estate Finance Council, the trade organization for buyers and sellers of investments backed by commercial property loans, allocated $150,000 during the third quarter for lobbying the federal government – a 25% increase from the second quarter's $120,000 level but a 35% drop from the $230,000 spent in the third quarter of 2010.

The Associated Press reports that the trade group focused its lobbying efforts on Congress, the Treasury Department, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Securities and Exchange Commissions. The lobbying efforts focused on the commercial real estate capital market, securitization, regulatory reform and other issues relating to banking and securities.

The trade group employed Martin Schuh, a former staff member for the Senate Committee on Aging, as one of its lobbyists.

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