Stephen M. Ryan was quoted in the September 8 issue of the Washington Business Journal and the September 9 issue of the Baltimore Business Journal in articles regarding the effect the government takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will have on businesses in the Washington, D.C. area. Mr. Ryan noted that companies paid to lobby the government are likely to lose business. "I don't think the government receivers are going to have any interest in paying for lobbying. There are certain law firms, strategic advisers and [public relations] firms whose meal ticket just ended, in so far as they depend on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as clients," he said. Mr. Ryan added that there are also questions about how creditors will be paid. "The first duty of any lawyer is to get paid for the work they do. And I think people will be very interested in finding out if the government intends to do that."