Northwest Credit Union Advocates Raise $162,000 for CULAC

Click to see the totals raised in Oregon and Washington, broken down by credit union.

CULAC is the federal political action committee for the credit union movement, helping to elect credit union champions to Congress. It ranks among the most bipartisan PACs in Washington, D.C., with 51.5% of contributions going to Republicans, 47% to Democrats, and 1.5% to Independent candidates.CULAC fundraising totals for 2014 are in, and Oregon credit union advocates raised nearly three times the goal CUNA set for them.

In total, credit union advocates in Oregon raised over $112,000, a $12,000 increase over last year’s total and 274% of CUNA’s goal for the state. Washington advocates raised over $50,000, for a total Northwest contribution of over $162,000.

All CULAC contributions come from individuals, who give of their own resources to maintain and promote the strength of the credit union movement.

“I can’t say thank you enough to some of our credit unions who truly have gone above and beyond for CULAC,” said Samantha Beeler, political and grassroots manager for the NWCUA. “I also can’t say enough how important this effort is for our industry.”

This year the NWCUA is introducing different award levels for donors who give certain amounts. Donors who contribute $100-$249 annually will receive a bronze pin; those who contribute $250-$499 annually will receive a silver pin, and those who contribute over $500 annually will receive a gold pin. All of the pins are designed with the state seal of the donor.

As Northwest credit union advocates celebrate the success of 2014, they also look ahead to the new year.

“2015 should be an exciting and record breaking year for CULAC,” said Beeler. “We are going to hit the ground running and have already begun creating new opportunities to be successful with our two CULAC Trustees: Rick Hein in Oregon and Debie Keesee in Washington.”

Learn more about CULAC by visiting the CULAC page on the NWCUA website.

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