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AAMA And AMOA Leaders Advocate in DC

Posted On: 12/1/2017

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WASHINGTON, DC — Leaders of the American Amusement Machine Association and the Amusement and Music Operators Association paid visits to key legislators in both Houses of Congress on November 28.

For the past several years, AAMA and AMOA have made three or four annual visits to Capitol Hill. Organized by legislative consultancy Dentons, this face-to-face contact advances a crucial objective of both trade associations: legislative advocacy for their members.

The Fall gathering marks a resumption of joint visits by the two associations to national legislators. AMOA had been compelled to make several such visits earlier this year in response to the punitive effect that the federal Operation Choke Point has had on many of their members. Choke Point and similar federal initatives designed to impede “money laundering” have presented real challenges to cash businesses in their dealings with banks.

The association leaders separated into two teams under the guidance of Dentons principal John Russell IV and senior managing director Margeaux Plaisted. The teams held a total of 16 congressional and committee meetings, which included meetings with Sens. Bill Nelson (D.-FL) and Marco Rubio (R.-FL); David Perdue (R.-GA); Tammy Duckworth (D.-IL); Elizabeth Warren (D.-MA), Cory Booker (D.-NJ) and Bob Menendez (D.-NJ), and Ron Johnson (R.-WI), and Representatives Bill Posey (R.-FL), Blaine Luetkemeyer (R.-MO), Erik Paulson (R.-MN), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D.-NJ), Bob Goodlatte (R.-VA) and Mike Gallagher (R.-WI). They also met with the Democratic and Republican Judiciary Committees.
 
UNDER THE FLAGPOLE: The Amusement and Music Operators Association and the American Amusement Machine Association recently sent a joint delegation to Washington, DC to visit elected officials and explain the industry’s position on important legislative issues. Here, from left, Paula Rinker, Benchmark Games; Joe Camarota, Alpha-Omega Sales and George Smith, Family Entertainment Group gather with AMOA executive vice-president Lori Schneider, David Cohen, Firestone Financial; AAMA executive director Pete Gustafson; AAMA president Holly Hampton, Bay Tek Games; Phil McBride, T&G Music; Tim Zahn, Lieberman Cos. and Emily Dunn, Tom’s Amusement Co. outside the Hart Senate Building to strategize their visits.