Oct. 2 Is Virtual Rally On 'Don't Tax My CU'

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A national virtual rally--where credit union members and advocates from across the country will light up social media in support of the "Don't Tax My Credit Union" campaign via Twitter and Facebook--has been announced by the Credit Union National Association for Wednesday, Oct. 2.

There will be an accompanying physical rally at Credit Union House in Washington, D.C., between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. (ET), and that event will be live streamed at www.DontTaxMyCreditUnion.org and on The Hill newspaper website.

CUNA is expecting tens of thousands of supporters to be in virtual attendance. Read More

 

CUNA GAC 2014

10/01/2013

 
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CUNA GAC 2014. Unite for Good.

CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference
February 23-27, 2014 • Washington D.C.



Credit Union National Association cordially invites you to take part in the credit union movement's premier event, the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference. Join more than 4,000 credit union decision-makers in Washington, D.C., and let lawmakers hear our powerful, united credit union voice.

We have great momentum behind our shared vision. In February we will continue the march forward, bringing together credit union influencers for networking, political and industry insights, market trends, and – most importantly – positive political impact.

With the tax status in peril, CUNA, along with your league, are making big plans for February. We need to rally the biggest GAC crowd yet to take part in Capitol Hill visits and share the story of the credit union difference. We need you to join your peers and Unite for Good.

Please look for additional details in the weeks to come on our powerful keynote speakers, breakout sessions, the industry's largest exhibitor showcase, spouse/guest programs to tour Washington's sights and special entertainment.

Everyone in the movement has a role to play in solidifying credit unions’ position as Americans’ best financial partner. Drive positive change, champion the credit union cause and Unite for Good to make the 2014 GAC an event to remember.

Register today!

For information on Mountain West CU Association’s activities during the 2014 GAC, please contact the Government Relations department at 720-479-3209 or ckemm@mwcua.com

 
 
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The Credit Union National Association recently announced that its 2014 Governmental Affairs Conference will be held in Washington, D.C. from Feb. 23-27 and registration is open. CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney urged all member credit unions to use this one-year anniversary of CUNA's launch of the Unite for Good vision as a rallying point for the credit union system to accomplish an unprecedented "boots on the ground" presence in Washington.

CUNA President Cheney emphasized that with the credit union tax status in peril as Washington policymakers considered tax code reforms, and with banks executing attacks on credit unions at every chance, credit unions must take this opportunity to show their numbers to all members of the U.S. Congress.  Read More

For information on Mountain West CU Association’s activities during the 2014 GAC, please contact the Government Relations department at dlarrabee@mwcua.com

 
 
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As critical times for financial institutions continue, including the tax status threat, the credit union advocacy voice is as important as ever and must be heard!  

We continue working to build Mountain West Credit Union Associations’ (MWCUA) political strength and we need your help.  In an effort to help raise this awareness, the Government Relations department continues to push the 2013 CULAC Recruitment Drive through October 31st. 

Click the link to see the details of the image and find out more about how you and your credit union can participate in this important initiative!

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The Mountain West Credit Union Association Government Relations continues to promote the 100% Board Participation State CUPAC push during 2013.  The program will run through the end of this year, and will be highlighted during the 2014 Annual Meeting.

CULAC, CUPAC and other "Capitol Club" information is available to MWCUA member credit unions at the following links including, how to contribute by Check and Online

 

Don't Tax Tuesday

09/11/2013

 
Why do we engage in social media for advocacy efforts?  Because it is a powerful tool!
  • More than 5,000 tweets and 600 Facebook posts were made yesterday – with more than 4,800 specifically aimed at the Twitter accounts of Members of Congress.  This is more than double our results from the first #DontTaxTuesday campaign in July.
  • More than 1 million Twitter users were potentially exposed to the #DontTaxMyCU campaign yesterday – bringing our campaign total to more than 3 million social media users (Facebook and Twitter).
  • Our www.DontTaxMyCreditUnion.org website saw more than 69,000 page views yesterday, nearly seven (7) times our daily average.  Seventy percent (70%) of the nearly 23,000 unique visitors were first time visitors to the site—credit union members newly engaged in our campaign.
  • Even though our focus yesterday was on social media, we still had another 8,000+ contacts delivered to the Hill the “old-fashioned” way – via email.

Some stories from CUNA News Now on the topic:
 
 
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A new Hike-the-Hill for October 23 & 24 has been determined.  Visits will start on the morning (usually around 9 a.m.) of Wednesday, Oct. 23 and be completed by 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct 24.   We are encouraging all participants to fly-in no later than Tuesday, Oct. 22 and fly-out sometime after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct.24.  We are currently working on a hotel block for these dates as well.

Please contact Deb Larrabee at dlarrabee@mwcua.com by Monday, August 12 if this will fit into your schedule to attend.  Thank you.

**Important Note: Our Hike the Hill is critical due to budget bills and the credit union Tax Reform legislation.  The Hill visits allow the opportunity to speak to our Federal legislators about supplemental capital and member business lending as well.

 
 
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Our Hike-the-Hill for September 25-26 has been POSTPONED due to Congressional House scheduling conflicts.

A new Hike-the-Hill for October 23 & 24 is being reviewed.  Visits would start on the morning (usually around 9 a.m.) of Wednesday, Oct. 23 and be completed by 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct 24.   We are encouraging all participants to fly-in no later than Tuesday, Oct. 22 and fly-out sometime after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct.24.   Note:  These dates have not yet been finalized.

Please contact Deb Larrabee at dlarrabee@mwcua.com by Monday, August 12 if this will fit into your schedule to attend.  Thank you.

**Important Note: Our Hike the Hill is critical due to budget bills and the credit union Tax Reform legislation.  The Hill visits allow the opportunity to speak to our Federal legislators about supplemental capital and member business lending as well.

 
 
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Arizona Lawmakers Move to Revive Election Bills
A last-minute effort to revive a proposed Arizona election overhaul that would limit early voting has drawn the ire of Hispanic, civil rights and Democratic leaders.  State lawmakers advanced the omnibus election bill without debate last Thursday.

The measure seeks to trim the state's permanent early voting list and limit who can return mail ballots for voters. Opponents say the GOP is trying to limit minority voter participation.

Democrats who support Gov. Jan Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan opposed by conservative Republicans say the GOP majority wants to use the proposed election changes to stall the budget approval process.

Republican Rep. Eddie Farnsworth of Gilbert denied that the GOP is using the election overhaul to pit Democrats against the Medicaid expansion plan.
                                                                                                                                      Source: myfoxphoenix.com