WASHINGTON (11/4/14)--As the polls open today, credit union supporters around the country are encouraged to vote for candidates who have shown their support for the not-for-profit financial system. The Credit Union National Association, state leagues and credit union members, staff and volunteers around the country are involved in nearly 400 races today, many of them among the closest in the nation.
"We urge credit unions, their members, employees, leaders and volunteers to get out and vote for their pro-credit union candidates," said Trey Hawkins, CUNA's vice president of political affairs. "We're very grateful to all of the leagues and credit unions across the country that have engaged in our electoral activities and helped educate members on which candidates are pro-credit union."
Nearly $6 million has been spent this election cycle by CUNA and the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) in support of candidates. This includes more than $3 million in direct contributions in 397 races, including 367 of the 435 House races (with 190 Republicans and 177 Democrats receiving support) and 30 of 36 Senate races (with contributions going to 15 Republicans and 15 Democrats).
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An additional $1.4 million has been spent on independent expenditures via CULAC, which paid for TV, radio, direct mail and digital advertisements in five races.
CUNA and the state leagues have expended another $1.4 million for partisan communications, which helped send more than 2.1 million messages to nearly 420,000 credit union members belonging to 45 credit unions.
Fifteen candidates have been the recipient of an independent expenditure from CULAC or a partisan communication has been conducted on their behalf from CUNA and the leagues.
The four Senate races are:
The 11 House races are: