If last year's passage of a liberal membership law was not proof enough that credit unions have grassroots lobbying down to a science, an industry conference last week erased any doubt.

"This thing's better organized than the Academy Awards," said Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, D-Md., one of eight lawmakers to address the crowd of 3,000 and receive a thank-you plaque from the Credit Union National Association. He was feted the night before at a Maryland Credit Union League fund- raiser.

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