Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which are under attack by big financial companies that see them as powerful potential competitors, have lined up support from a trade group of small lenders that depend on the government-sponsored enterprises for liquidity.

The Independent Community Bankers of America has joined the Homeownership Alliance, a pro-Fannie and Freddie coalition being organized by Richard H. Davis, the former national campaign manager for Sen. John McCain.

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