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Retired ABA exec launches lobbying firm

James Ballentine, who retired in May from the American Bankers Association, has formed his own lobbying and consulting firm. 

Ballentine Strategies will also handle government relations in areas such as financial services and small business. The “boutique lobbying firm” said on its website that it can help clients develop strategies and advance issues through Congress.
“This firm is built on two concepts – integrity and results,” Ballentine said in a LinkedIn post announcing the new venture. “I look forward to working with clients and helping them shape and influence policy outcomes.” 

Ballentine was the ABA’s executive vice president of Congressional relations and political affairs from 2000 to 2022. Before that, he was associate deputy administrator at the Small Business Administration.

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