Oregon Receives Vanguard Award for CULAC Fundraising at CUNA GAC

Jennifer Wagner addresses CUNA GAC attendees during a legislative briefing Tuesday morning.

 In a year that saw credit union champion Suzanne Bonamici elected to Congress, the Oregon credit union system was recognized with a Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) Vanguard Award as the state that raised the third-highest percentage of its CULAC goal in 2011.

And Oregon didn’t just meet its goal for the year—it obliterated it, raising $86,937 in a year when the benchmark was $37,302.44, meaning Oregon raised 233 percent of its original goal.

“The award speaks to the dedication of credit unions and their supporters in Oregon and the region,” said Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) Vice President of Legislative Advocacy Jennifer Wagner.

The award was presented during the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, which has more than 4,000 credit union advocates in Washington, D.C., working in support of the movement. In addition to the morning’s award presentation, Tuesday’s agenda includes legislative briefings for Northwest credit union delegates as they prepare for meetings with their congressional delegates. Valley Credit Union CEO and NWCUA board member Jean Wheat-Palm will then tell the story in the afternoon of Bonamici’s path to election through her participation on the CUNA National Election panel.

The schedule also includes remarks from Reps. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va., Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., Rob Woodall, R-Ga., Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, and Brad Sherman, D-Calif.

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., sponsor of Senate Bill 509, which would increase the credit union member business lending (MBL) cap, is also on today’s schedule. Examination issues, regulatory burden, grassroots lobbying, economics, the 2012 elections and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) are among the additional topics on tap during afternoon breakout sessions.

CULAC is the federal PAC for the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). CULAC’s purpose, as defined in its Articles of Association, is to “provide the opportunity for individuals interested in the future of the credit union movement to contribute to the support of worthy candidates for federal office who believe, and have demonstrated their belief, in the principles to which the industry is dedicated.” CULAC accomplishes its mission by contributing to and supporting federal candidates and committees that support the credit union movement.


Questions? Contact a member of the Association’s Legislative Affairs team:

Jennifer Wagner, Vice President of Legislative Advocacy
Mark Minickiello, Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Stacy Augustine, Senior Vice President & General Counsel


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