Grassroots lag in WI as bankers add new tax attack tools
Credit unions turned on the heat through
social media last week during CUNA's "Don't Tax Tuesday"
campaign, which yielded 800,000 contacts to
Congress nationwide. That increase in action came in advance of
the July 26 deadline for U.S. Senators to submit their tax priorities to Senate
leaders who are guiding tax reforms. Credit unions have also used
their newsletters and websites to drive members to the grassroots
action site, www.donttaxmycreditunion.org,
Prominent home page banners (some rotating), online news alerts, and presidents' messages have been used by several credit unions to generate Congressional contacts supporting credit unions' tax status. They include:
But yet, Wisconsin still lags behind other states, placing a distant 20th rank in total contacts made among states fighting to preserve credit unions' tax status. And now, bankers have launched a new website, social media campaign and videos (see videos 1, 2 and 3) to derail our effort.
"It will take dedicated advocacy efforts from every Wisconsin credit union to build the consistent and strong stream of contacts we need to cut through the clutter of special interests and counter the banks' efforts," said League VP of Government Affairs Tom Liebe.
"But all the tools and materials needed to do
this are either on The League's or CUNA's grassroots resource pages," Liebe added. "We'll be in touch
with credit unions over the next several weeks to assist them in engaging boards, staff and members in the
fight to protect the future of their financial
Liebe noted that whether or not a tax reform
bill passes this session, advocacy now is crucial because the decisions
made today are the likely starting point from which tax reform
deliberations will continue.
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