Northwest CUs Showed Strong Support for CU Champions in 2017


The Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC), plays a large part in strengthening the Credit Union Movement’s influence on Capitol Hill by supporting political candidates who understand and promote credit union values. Throughout 2017, Northwest credit unions once again demonstrated the power of our region’s Credit Union Movement with generous contributions to the cause. Idaho, Oregon, and Washington credit unions together raised more than $240,000 for CULAC last year!

For one credit union, this year’s CULAC contribution represented an advocacy win in more ways than one. During the 2017 holiday season, individuals received an entry to win a Golden Ticket trip to the 2018 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) for themselves or a teammate — valued at $2,000 — for every $20 they contributed to CULAC. Idaho-based Lewis Clark Credit Union took home this year’s prize.

“We’re excited to have been selected as the Golden Ticket winner!” said Trisha Baker, President and CEO of Lewis Clark Credit Union. “This ticket affords LCCU the opportunity to send myself and first-time GAC attendee Amanda Nixon, to this year’s GAC. I’m eager to introduce Amanda to the political arena credit unions face every day.”

The 2018 CUNA GAC, held Feb. 25 – March 1, will connect credit union advocates from across the nation. Here, they’ll come together to speak with legislators, attend learning sessions, and celebrate the Credit Union Difference.

“I have a passion for spreading the word about how great credit unions are,” Baker said. “Education is the key to the Credit Union Movement’s success.”

Questions about CULAC or how to get more involved in grassroots advocacy efforts? Contact Will Hagen, Grassroots Advocacy Manager, at 206.340.4790 or

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