CUNA Site Highlights CU-backed Candidates in Tuesday’s Mid-term Elections

CUNA has launched a Web site highlighting each of the candidates supported by CUNA, the state leagues and credit unions in the 2018 mid-terms. CUNA and the leagues have invested nearly $7 million on more than 380 pro-credit union candidates for the U.S. House and Senate from across the nation.

Visitors to CUNA’s 2018 Elections Web page can click on a state to see credit union-supported candidates, with candidates supported by independent expenditures and partisan communications highlighted. The list also highlights the 48 candidates supported by credit unions vying for open seats, two of which are in New Jersey.

Support includes direct contributions to candidates by the Credit Union Legislative Action Council, (CULAC), as well as direct voter engagement via mailers and television, radio and online ads in targeted districts.

CUNA announced several of these expenditures in the last month in support of candidates in particularly tight races. These efforts were highlighted in several Washington, D.C.-based political publications.

CUNA also launched a “Credit Unions Vote” Member Activation Program (MAP) campaign in September, designed to connect credit union members with voting resources available online at CreditUnionsVote.com.

This is the ninth election cycle CULAC and CUNA has been involved in supporting credit union friendly candidates from both parties.

While the NJ Credit Union League has never formally endorsed political candidates, CULAC support is an indication that a candidate is sensitive to the public policy concerns of credit unions. The NJCUL also publishes a Lawmaker Scorecard where credit union voters can check how incumbents from the Garden State have voted on key credit union issues over the years.

The NJCUL has supported candidates in New Jersey’s two open-seat races. The League and credit union advocates met with state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, who is running to succeed long-time credit union supporter Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-2), and Mikie Sherrill, who is running for the seat currently held by Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11). Van Drew has been a strong credit union supporter while a state lawmaker and Sherrill demonstrated a strong knowledge of and appreciation for credit unions issues.

Van Drew was also the guest of honor at the League’s 2nd Annual Advocacy Appreciation Reception during its 84nd Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlantic City last week.

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