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HOUSTON, Dec. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — alliantgroup is proud to announce the addition of Ashley Fingarson, former Manager of Legislative Affairs at the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), to the firm’s Washington national office. In her new role as alliantgroup’s Director of Legislative Affairs, Fingarson will continue advocating for the rights of small and midsized businesses, ensuring that their voice is heard in Congress with respect to legislation and tax policy.

“I am thrilled to be joining such a first-class organization,” said Fingarson. “Since I began my career, supporting small businesses has always been my true passion. As the daughter of a small business owner, this issue has always had a personal connection for me and I am looking forward to continuing this work with alliantgroup.”

Fingarson has held a number of policy and advocacy roles during her career. As the Manager of Legislative Affairs for NFIB from 2012-2014, Fingarson served as the organization’s chief liaison to the U.S. Senate, working with congressional members on tax, budget, immigration, labor and other key policy issues. Prior to her tenure with NFIB, Fingarson was a legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson and advised the senator on major budget and tax policy issues.

“During her young career, Ashley has been a true champion for the rights of small and midsized businesses, putting her in lock step with the mission of our firm,” said Steven Miller, former IRS Acting Commissioner and alliantgroup National Director of Tax. “There is no doubt in my mind that Ashley will bring that same passion in pushing for better economic policies and a more business friendly tax code.”

From 2009-2011, Fingarson was the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a national construction trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members from all specialties within the U.S. construction industry. While with ABC, Fingarson helped to introduce bipartisan legislation to positively reform the tax code for small construction contractors. She also organized a coalition that successfully added an amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act requiring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to engage small businesses with its regulatory process. She has held a prior post with the Office of Advocacy for the Small Business Administration and was the Deputy Communications Director for former U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg. She began her career on a fellowship from Montana State University with the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.

“Ashley’s track record as an advocate for small and midsized businesses speaks for itself,” said Dean Zerbe, former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and alliantgroup National Managing Director. “Ashley will be playing an important role in ensuring the concerns of small business owners are brought to Congress and I cannot wait to see her contributions to the future of our firm.”

alliantgroup‘s mission is one of education and awareness – we exist to help industry organizations, U.S. businesses and the CPA firms that advise them, take full advantage of all federal and state tax credits, incentives and deductions available to them – our government has legislated these powerful incentive programs to help businesses grow and successfully compete both in the U.S. and abroad. We are proud to have helped over 15,000 businesses claim more than $3 billion in tax incentives! alliantgroup’s headquarters is in Houston, Texas, with offices across the country including New York, Boston, Chicago, Orange County, Sacramento, Orlando, Indianapolis and Washington, D.C.

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