ST. PAUL, Minn. (10/11/10)--Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) President/CEO Mark D. Cummins encouraged consumers to vote in the Nov. 2 elections in an article, "Elections important for credit unions--and consumers," in Friday's Finance & Commerce
Minnesota has led the nation in highest voter turnout for the past decade, said MnCUN. In his monthly column in the Twin Cities financial publication, Cummins reminded readers that legislators make decisions every day "that impact the environment, local schools, taxes, health care and financial institutions--like your hometown credit union. "As not-for-profit, cooperative financial institutions, credit unions do not have bottomless coffers to influence the political process," he wrote. "But what we do have is strong grassroots support from Minnesota citizens who feel passionate about their member-owned credit union." Throughout the year, Minnesota credit union professionals and volunteers cultivate relationships with elected officials through regular meetings and campaign volunteerism, he said. Credit union activists have the fundamental goal of ensuring that politicians support credit unions and understand the credit union difference, he wrote. "With more than 1.5 million credit union members in the state, this group of individuals has the capability to shape any election," Cummins said, encouraging participation in the 2010 election cycle. Use the link to access the column.