Insight from a ‘prohibited’ consultant

Obviously, when your friendly credit union throws you into a group like strip-club operators, your profession has an image problem. But rather than defend the honor of the lowly political consultant, as a public service I have developed a list of five things you need to know about our government and politics.

By Chris Ingram

Special correspondent, the Tampa Tribune

Published August 15, 2011

Last week I went to my credit union to move my business banking account from my commercial bank. I spent about 20 minutes with a teller as she processed my new account. Suddenly, she excused herself to her manager’s office only to return 15 minutes later to say my classification as a political consultant was on their list of “prohibited” accounts.

The nice lady then attempted to make me feel better by explaining, “It’s not just political consultants; other businesses like strip clubs are prohibited also.”

Normally I’m the type of guy who would demand to speak to a manager or someone with grey matter between their ears; then I remembered this was a financial institution, and no such character could be found. So I shrugged it off and left.

Obviously, when your friendly credit union throws you into a group like strip-club operators, your profession has an image problem. But rather than defend the honor of the lowly political consultant, as a public service I have developed a list of five things you need to know about our government and politics.

Washington, D.C., is full of political ladder-climbers who will say anything to get re-elected.

The current crop of “leaders” in our country comes not from a class of people who are patriots, with the country’s best interest in mind. Rather, they are from a (click here to read the full column in today’s Tampa Tribune).

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him atChris@IrreverentView.com.

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6 thoughts on “Insight from a ‘prohibited’ consultant”

  1. Chris, Did you see Otto’s remark in the morning Trib.regarding Mark? “He is getting close to becoming a “career politician” Also Chris I read your piece in the paper about your job title and a strip club owner——-would you consider that a promotion or a downgrade????? Just kidding

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  2. Chris,

    Name the credit union so that those of us who may be doing business will no better.

    Anyone using these spit dribbling idiots should pull their money out post haste.

    How dare those elitest pigs running the cu!

    I wonder if blacks and jews are on their “prohibited list” as well.

    Please Chris, name the cu so that freedom loving people can put it on a prohibited list of our own.

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  3. Chris

    Read your Trib column … nicely done. We “Political consultants” are in a special class, aren’t we? Kinda like Alexander Hamilton, etc.

    Nice article though. Don’t let them get you down!

    B-

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  4. Could it be that the CU is just protecting itself from having assets seized by the Fed?
    You should have asked for the list of prohibited accounts to see what the criteria might be. I can see strip clubs having their accounts frozen, being associated with anything political could put the account at risk for being frozen or seized. Banks and credit unions use their deposits to make loans. Credit unions have a much more strict criteria for making loans, and as a result, make loans at a lower interest rate than banks. If they have deposits seized or frozen, it could put their loans at risk.
    BTW, I do not work for any credit union, but am a member of one, just not Suncoast Schools.

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