July 17, 2012
More than 50 people attended a fundraiser on Friday afternoon for Rep. Jaime Herrerra-Beutler, a credit union champion from Washington's 3rd District. Fibre Federal Credit Union President and CEO Larry Hoff presented Herrera-Beutler with a $5,000 CULAC check.
Hoff, a Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) board member and chair of the NWCUA Grassroots Advocacy Committee, hosted the fundraiser at his home. Attendees included other CEOs from the region, volunteer board members, business partners, members of the Grassroots Advocacy Committee, Association staff and credit union advocates.
Herrera-Beutler has been a champion for credit unions in Congress since 2008, but her support for the movement began several years earlier. Herrera-Beutler worked closely credit unions and the Washington Credit Union League as a state representative, and the league made an early decision to support her run for Congress.
Hoff was among a group that developed a strong relationship with Herrera-Beutler by volunteering for her campaign efforts and attending fundraisers, and that support at a critical time made a lasting impression. Herrera-Beutler is currently the only member of the Washington delegation to co-sponsor H.R. 1418, the House member business lending (MBL) bill—just the latest example of her consistent backing of issues important to the credit union movement.
“We know that stepping up for credit unions with a co-sponsorship doesn't come easy,” said NWCUA Vice President of Legislative Advocacy Jennifer Wagner, “especially for a new member of Congress.”
In addition to the CULAC check, a number of attendees also wrote personal checks to Herrera-Beutler's campaign, which Wagner said is an important component of the NWCUA and the National Credit Union Administration's “Plan to Win,” a coordinated effort of the credit union system to find, create and consistently support credit union champions in Congress.
“It's always great to see locally raised CULAC funds, which come as a direct result of the commitment of credit union staff and volunteers, come back to support a local champion,” Wagner said. “These are the types of events and efforts that are critical to building and maintaining existing relationships with legislators and expanding the movement's legislative influence.”
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