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October 30, 2012
Laneco Federal Credit Union's Loreen Ervin and Bi-Mart Federal Credit Union's Chad Olney presented a CULAF check to Joe Pishioneri, a candidate in House District 12 and longtime Laneco member, on Oct. 16.
With the election less than a week away, credit union advocates in Oregon have been busy delivering final PAC checks and meeting with candidates and legislators around the state to discuss what credit unions are all about.
“By demonstrating our interest in campaigns and elections, credit union people can make sure that candidates gain an appreciation of the political abilities of the credit union movement, and learn more about our issues and structure,” said Pam Leavitt, contract lobbyist and policy advisor for the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA). “Even in races where you have supported the candidate who lost the election, you still have won, because credit union people will have established a reputation of being actively involved in the political process. We must be seen as an active, viable, and important constituency.”
NWCUA policy is to support the election of individuals who support the credit union movement, on a non-partisan basis.
The Association recognizes that at any time, there are numerous worthy candidates for public office. Given that the Association is only able to devote finite resources to supporting candidates, maximizing the value received for the support given is crucial. Therefore, candidates are evaluated and priority is given to the candidate in a particular race who will be best able to effectively promote credit union goals and priorities.
Contributions to candidates are based upon a number of factors, including credit union experience, connection to a local credit union, past support of credit union issues, members of a key committee, likelihood of being placed on a key committee, leadership position, as well as electability and polling. The types of support given to candidates vary depending upon that candidate's record, his or her interest in and influence over credit union issues, and the Association’s available resources.
Questions? Contact a member of the Association’s Legislative Affairs team:
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