ONTARIO, Calif. (2/26/15)--Two members of the U.S. Congress visited credit unions in California and Nevada last week during the President's Day district work period, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues reported.
|House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), center, with California credit union leaders.|
In California, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), visited with San Diego-area credit unions at California Coast CU, San Diego. The second-highest ranking official in the House of Representatives and longtime credit union member described his experience as a small business owner, and how his first loans were from a local credit union (CU Weekly Feb. 23).
He also discussed cybersecurity, regulatory relief for credit unions, and the state of Congress as an institution. Participants attended from Mission FCU, San Diego; North Island CU, San Diego; Paradise Valley FCU, National City; Escondido FCU; San Diego County CU, San Diego; and California Coast CU.
In Nevada, credit union leaders met with Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.), a longtime ally of credit unions.
|Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.), center, with Nevada credit union leaders. (California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues Photos)|
In the 2014 elections, two credit unions--Clark County CU, Las Vegas, and Boulder Dam CU, Boulder City--sent mailers to members who live in Heck's district.
The communications, known as partisan communications, were sent during the last election cycle in a coordinated effort with CUNA and the Nevada Credit Union League to support Heck in his re-election campaign.
As membership organizations, credit unions are allowed to communicate with their members about candidates for office. Unlike traditional independent expenditures, which must be implemented without the knowledge of the campaign, member-communications can be accomplished in connection with, and input from, the campaign.