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As conventions conclude CUs keep momentum
ST. PAUL, Minn. (9/5/08)--Representatives from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the state leagues and credit unions yesterday polished off their final day of advancing the credit union movement during the back-to-back Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
Click for slide show As the confetti and balloons fall, the camera zooms in on Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP ticket for the president and vice president of the United States. (Photo provided by CUNA) (Photo provided by CUNA)
During the conventions, the three-tiered system reinforced credit unions’ non-partisan, consumer-oriented position in American politics. That effort was illustrated by CUNA and the leagues’ signature project at both party events: Building a home for a wounded veteran with Homes for Our Troops. Beyond the flurry of meetings, receptions and other events during both party conventions, CUNA teamed up with the National Journal to produce a series of Daily Briefings with national pundits and politicos. The two organizations also hosted nightly VIP viewing receptions, where those not attending the convention facilities could mix and mingle while watching speeches via television. CUNA and credit unions have been involved in these national events since 1988, according to CUNA Senior Vice President of Political Affairs Richard Gose. "Being a part of the party conventions demonstrates CUNA's resolve to put itself in front of the key people who will be making policy affecting credit unions in the coming year," said Gose. "It's just as important to be part of the campaigns as it is to be lobbying in Washington."


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