WASHINGTON (10/4/13)--The response to Wednesday's online Don't Tax my Credit Union rally was outstanding, "and we urge credit unions to keep up this up-tempo advocacy activity going forward," Credit Union National Association Senior Vice President of Political Affairs Richard Gose said Thursday.
Overall, 9,000 unique visitors logged on to the Credit Union National Association's www.DontTaxMyCreditUnion.org site. Seventy percent of these hits came from first-time visitors. Many more viewed the rally on TheHill.com's online event stream, and the stream received public play in office conference rooms across the country.
The online rally again stoked credit union advocates into action, with more than 2,300 emails and nearly 2,200 tweets being sent on to members of the U.S. Congress. In total, the campaign has sent well over 1 million messages to congress.
Rally participants were encouraged to use Facebook, Twitter and other forms of online media to demonstrate their support of credit unions and send a unified message to members of Congress: Don't Tax my Credit Union!
"All told it's hard to say exactly how many eye balls were on the rally but we had a lot of participation and are very pleased," Gose added. But, CUNA has emphasized that this increased level of credit union tax status advocacy will need to continue going forward.
During the Wednesday webinar, CUNA Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs Ryan Donovan underlined that "advocacy is a long game" and "we need to make sure we stay engaged." (For News Now coverage of credit union league Capitol Hill meetings this week, see: CUs' Hill Visits Fruitful Despite Shutdown.)