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Video Game Interests Send Lobbyist to Washington

In the fallout from the lobbyist Jack Abramoff scandal that plagued the Republican Party in Congress and threatens their majority during an election year, a video game special interest group today announced a lobbyist of their own representing the game industry in Washington D.C. “Stuart Spencer has been engaged by the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (IEMA) and the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) to jointly represent their associations before Congress and federal agencies,” a press release sent out this afternoon reads.

“We are very pleased to have an individual of Stuart’s caliber representing us in Washington,” said IEMA President Hal Halpin. “He brings an impressive breadth of experience, knowledge of the Hill, and understanding of the legislative process to the position.” VSDA President Bo Anderson says: “In retaining Stuart, VSDA is recognizing a strategic goal of having a full-time Washington, D.C. presence before Congress and the executive
branch. With the variety and gravity of federal legislative and regulatory issues our industry faces, including
piracy, scrutiny of entertainment marketing, and calls for censorship of entertainment products, our members cannot afford for VSDA not to be fully
engaged virtually every day in Washington.”

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