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Harness your members' support for business lending bill


Credit union's members can be the difference in the grassroots effort to gain support from Wisconsin’s U.S. Senators Herb Kohl and Ron Johnson for federal legislation, S. 2231, that will help small businesses and create jobs.


Credit unions are encouraged to get 100% participation from their employees and directors in making contacts to both Senators via email, letter, telephone and in person. But the magnitude of our grassroots impact will increase exponentially if credit union members statewide also participate.


The League has provided a sample article for all credit unions to share via their member websites, statements or newsletters to engage credit union members. Other tools provided by The League can be used to involve members in person as part of letter-signings, automated email campaigns in CU lobbies, or through social media like Facebook or Twitter.


"If just a small fraction of the state's 2.2 million members participated we'd deluge our Senators with constituent support," said VP of Government Affairs Tom Liebe. "We have the people power to prove this is an important issue to Wisconsin's consumers. If credit unions give members the opportunity to learn about the benefits of S. 2231, their support – which can be as easy as signing a letter – can enhance our grassroots efforts."


Those who have made prior contacts are being encouraged to do so again using a variety of alternate means. All credit union employees, directors and members should:

  1. If you’ve sent a pre-written email, send a personal email or letter to each Senator.

  2. If you’ve sent a pre-written email and personal message, call each office using the toll-free number 1-877-642-4223 to tell each Senator’s staff it's important to support S. 2231.


Questions? Contact Government Affairs Specialist Sarah Wainscott at (608) 514-0086.

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