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CUNA map helps voters ID CU-friendly candidates
WASHINGTON (11/6/12)--Are you wondering which candidates in your state or district are credit union friends? The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) has posted an interactive map listing pro-credit union candidates supported by the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) and state credit union leagues for the 2012 General Election cycle.

The map lists U.S. Senate and House candidates, along with House district information. Users can simply scroll over their state to see which candidates have received CULAC and state credit union league support during this cycle.

"Users can know that by voting for these CULAC- and state-league-supported candidates, they are voting for a credit union friend," CUNA Vice President of Political Affairs Trey Hawkins said.

The map, like other CULAC efforts, highlights candidates from both major political parties, and independents. "First and foremost we look to help candidates that understand and support credit unions," Hawkins said.

Credit union advocacy and volunteer efforts continued in the days just before the election, with credit unions and credit unions also educated candidates about credit unions and their issues during this cycle. (See Nov. 5 News Now story: CUs ramp up for tomorrow's elections)

"Credit unions across the country have been extremely active in this cycle, and that kind of civic engagement is gratifying," Hawkins said.

CULAC has again been named as the most bipartisan political action committee (PAC) in opensecrets.org's list of the top 20 PAC contributors for this election cycle, and CUNA and CULAC have spent more than $1 million on independent expenditures and partisan communications during this election cycle.

Independent expenditures are advertising vehicles aimed at voters, while partisan communications are targeted specifically at credit union members.

CUNA spent $2.9 million on direct contributions to candidates and committees during this cycle, and that money was evenly divided between the two major parties: 47% of the funds went to Democrats, 51% went to Republicans, and 2% went to independent candidates.

At least 90 candidates have received maximum support from CULAC, including incumbents in highly competitive races, such as Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.), Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Rep. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa).

U.S. House candidate Chris Collins (R), retired Illinois National Guard General and U.S. House candidate Bill Enyart (D-Ill.), Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), Iowa U.S. House candidate Christie Vilsack (D) and Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.) are also among the candidates that have received such support.

For the CULAC candidate map, use the resource link.


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