PORTLAND, Maine (7/16/12)--The Maine Credit Union League is at the top of the list for spending for state legislative events, according to articles written by Steve Mistler, state house reporter for MaineToday Media, which examined events that organizations hosted and/or coordinated for legislators during the first and second session of the 125th Maine Legislature.
The Maine league spent slightly more than $8,000 in total hosting and coordinating of three legislative events from January 2011 through May 2012, the figures showed. The three events were the Maine Development Foundation's Legislative Bus Tour and two Credit Union Days at the State House in Augusta (Weekly Update July 13).
As a major sponsor of the bus tour, the league was one of the stops on the tour and hosted a dinner that was attended by nearly 60 legislators. The two Credit Union Days at the State House events featured breakfast and coffee for legislators in the Hall of Flags. Through the three events, nearly three-quarters of the state's legislators, including most leaders from both parties, connected with credit union representatives, said the league.
"One of our most important roles is to advocate and coordinate opportunities to build and strengthen relationships on behalf of Maine's credit unions," said John Murphy, league president. "These articles and findings reiterate how engaged and involved the league and Maine's credit unions are in the political process. This is one of the many reasons we have such strong relationships with many legislators and why Maine's credit unions are viewed so positively by most legislators."