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The Political Life - from campaigns to capitols and everywhere in between. A show about the people whose lives are immersed in the political world, and how they got there. Politicians, lobbyists, pollsters, and business people. If they're on the show, they're living the political life.

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Dec 24, 2018

Eric Ellman is the Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Legal Affairs for CDIA. The Consumer Data Industry Association is a trade association of consumer reporting agencies, composed of over 100 members, ranging from Nationwide Credit Bureaus to background screening companies.

  • Ellman was born in the Bronx, New York, and had always been a “political junkie.”
  • Ellman earned a BS in Political Science from American University and a JD from University of Baltimore School of Law.
  • As a student, Ellman spent 2 years interning for the late Congressman Bob Edgar.
  • Also as a student, he ran the successful campaign of a friend who ran for the Maryland House of Delegates, and later became his office manager.
  • He spent five years working as a government relations professional for direct selling companies such as Avon and World Encyclopedia
  • Ellman has been working at CDIA for 21 years, with some of that time as Interim President and CEO of the association.

The important part of working as a government affairs professional is that you need to come prepared with facts, come prepared with arguments and come prepared with integrity. If you have all of those, you have the making of a successful process

For more information about the Fair Credit Reporting Act, see the following link.

To see more work of the illustrator credited in the show, Kathryn Rathke, see the following link

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