WASHINGTON (9/30/14)--With 35 days remaining before the general election, the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) has made its second independent expenditure of election season. CULAC has spent $150,000 on direct mail and digital advertising to support Pete Aguilar, a Democratic candidate running to represent California's 31st Congressional District.
Aguilar is the former vice president of Arrowhead CU of San Bernardino, Calif., $820 million in assets, and the current mayor of Redlands, Calif. He won his June primary election by 209 votes, after CULAC funded a $200,000 independent expenditure on direct mailers, digital advertisements and a website for the primary.
"We believe Pete's background working at a credit union gives him an understanding of the unique role credit unions play in their communities, and will give him unique insight into the challenges faced by the working families of California's Inland Empire," said Trey Hawkins, vice president of political affairs at the Credit Union National Association. "Now we're here to get him through November's election."
This is the second independent expenditure from CULAC for the general election. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Senate minority leader, is benefiting from $300,000 in television and radio advertising for his race to continue representing Kentucky in the Senate.
CULAC also spent $156,000 on similar advertising earlier this spring for McConnell.
"As we get into the final weeks leading up to the election, we'll be announcing up to a dozen races around the country where credit unions will be contacting their members, CULAC will be spending money on advertisements and we'll be engaging at the ballot box on behalf of credit union champions in both key House and Senate races," Hawkins said.