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CU House Report: Contributors Up From 2012
WASHINGTON (11/14/13)--The nation's Credit Union House continues to play a key role in credit union advocacy efforts, with more credit unions using it as a base for their Hill activities in Washington, D.C.
Click to view larger image This group from Montana get the "Don't Tax My Credit Union" message across during a visit to Credit Union House in Washington, D.C. From left are: Al Vukasin, president/CEO of Bear Paw CU, Havre; April Baimonte; Tristan Vukasin; Eddie Black, president/CEO of Trico Community FCU, Helena; and Tracie Kenyon, president/CEO of the Montana Credit Union Network. (Photo provided by Credit Union House)
"Credit Union House maintains a highly valuable and unique presence for credit unions on Capitol Hill," said Sue McCue, Credit Union House director. "It is sought out by top-tier lawmakers for a wide variety of events and remains a strategic place for CUNA and league representatives to coordinate advocacy efforts," she added.
During third quarter, Credit Union House contributor numbers increased to 387--up from 310 in July and an overall 5% increase from the same period in 2012, according to its quarterly newsletter, Highlights from the Hill.
Twelve leagues representing 17 states already have reached their annual contribution goals. They include:
  • Alaska Credit Union League;
  • Cornerstone Credit Union League;
  • Georgia Credit Union Affiliates;
  • Hawaii Credit Union League;
  • Idaho Credit Union League;
  • Iowa Credit Union League;
  • Maine Credit Union League;
  • Mississippi Credit Union Association;
  • Montana Credit Union Network;
  • Mountain West Credit Union Association;
  • Northwest Credit Union Association; and
  • Ohio Credit Union League.
Fifteen other states have reached half or more of their goals.
During third quarter, Credit Union House hosted league Hike the Hill programs and credit union planning sessions as well as political fundraisers and functions. Leagues and their member credit unions welcomed in recent months have represented California and Nevada, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Florida and Alabama, Maine, Maryland and District of Columbia, Minnesota, Montana, Oregon and Washington, and Ohio.
This year, Credit Union House hosted nearly 3,000 guests. Among them were 75 members of Congress from 22 states. It hosted 20 political fundraisers, split evenly between parties and attended by credit union-friendly officials.
The Credit Union House Hall of Leaders, which provides lasting recognition for credit union leaders whose commitment has significantly impacted the credit union movement at the local, state or national level, accepts nominations year-round. However, Jan. 17 is the deadline for nominations to be recognized during the Credit Union National Association's Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington in February.
For more information, use the link or contact McCue at 202-548-3130.
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