Finding candidates who support credit unions has always been important, but perhaps never has it been so critical to identify credit union-friendly candidates as during the most recent election cycle.
“It should come as no surprise to anyone that we’re living through one of the most highly charged, politicized, and partisan times in our nation’s history,” says Trey Hawkins, CUNA’s deputy chief advocacy officer, political action. “How can we best advocate for credit unions in these divisive times?”
Hawkins led a panel discussion that discussed Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) and how it works to advance credit unions’ advocacy agenda during a breakout session Wednesday at the 2021 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference.
CULAC is CUNA’s political action committee, an organization responsible for raising and spending money to elect credit union-friendly candidates to office. Regulated by the Federal Elections Commission, it creates opportunities for individuals to engage politically beyond voting and is a vehicle to present a united voice, says Abby Truhart, political director for CUNA.