As CUNA’s Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan tells it, advocacy is a process.
In 2019, America’s credit unions will build on a process that brought them nearly unprecedented success in 2018. CUNA stood tall for America’s credit unions in 2018 with the passage of S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, as the year’s advocacy highlight.
Donovan says 2018’s advocacy results validated CUNA's 360-degree advocacy approach—a grassroots strategy that fosters engagement from system players at all levels from every direction.
As evidence of the success of that grassroots strategy CUNA greets a 116th Congress that, while radically divided by almost every measure, represents what Ryan describes as “credit union majority.”
Through its federal political action committee, the Credit Union Legislative Action Council, CUNA invested nearly $7 million in 388 House and Senate races in last November's elections year, emerging victorious in 349 of those contests.
In this episode of the CUNA News Podcast, Ryan outlines CUNA’s advocacy priorities for working with Congress, NCUA, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as well as advocacy efforts at the state level.