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Capitol Eyes 7.28.2022

Cap Eyes 4.30.20
Jul 28, 2022
By Tom Harrington
  • Advocacy

UWCU Presents for Gov.'s Financial Inclusion Committee

UW Credit Union's Chad LaFlash and Erin Bykowski presented during last week's Financial Inclusion Committee of the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy and Capability.

They showcased UW Credit Union's decision to cut overdraft and nonsufficient funds fees by more than 80% last year – and the history, mission, and leadership led to that and other member-focused decisions. They fielded questions and addressed how financial education was an important aspect of the future financial well-being of members. 

Gundersen Credit Union also presented at a Committee meeting earlier this year. 

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If each Credit Union Activist donated $25 today, OVER TWENTY CREDIT UNION FRIENDLY CANDIDATES would benefit and improve their changes to be our ally in Madison!

Donations to WCULAF, Wisconsin credit unions' state level political action committee, are combined to support key candidates running for elected office.

BONUS: Each donation of $50 or more will receive a 2022 Credit Union button (pictured).

Don’t forget! The League recognizes individuals that contribute toward this vital form of advocacy. Consider donating more, to bump up your 2022 total and reach a higher recognition level.

WCULAF Recognition Levels
Presidential Club: $2500+ ($209, monthly)
Cabinet Club:  $1250+ ($105, monthly) 
Chairman's Club: $500+ ($42, monthly)
Congressional Club: $250+ ($21, monthly)
WCULAF Donor:  $100+ ($9, monthly)

Questions? Contact Tom.

Mid-Year Fundraising Update

Election Day is just over three months away, meaning Activists are needed now more than ever to help credit union friendly candidates. Here are a few statistics as to where Activists are in supporting political advocacy.

  • 30 - credit unions offer Payroll Deduction in order for employees to pitch in with small dollar donations each day
  • 58% - of political advocacy has come from payroll deduction
  • $29,159.05 - raised in total for the Credit Union Legislative Action Fund (CULAC). Wisconsin's goal is $121,048.06.
  • $49,662.51 - raised through WCULAF and Conduit this year

Members' Conduit Recommendations to Sen. LeMahieu

Through the 2022 elections, Capitol Eyes will feature a recommendation to consider authorizing funds to from your Members’ Conduit Account.  Find a more comprehensive list of fundraisers and recommendations on The League's Conduit Authorizations Page.

Senate Majority Leader
Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg)

As Majority Leader, supporting Sen. LeMahieu is strategic to The Movement. He has also been supportive of credit union priorities during his time in office. 

Authorize a contribution from your Conduit to Sen. LeMahieu >>

2022 Hike the Hill Registration Open

For over 20 years, The League has brought you face-to-face with decision makers in Washington during our annual Hike the Hill event, discussing the valued services your credit union provides, plus policy and regulatory issues.

Please consider joining us once again Wednesday, Sept. 14 - Friday, Sept. 16. 

Room block closes August 15
Register and learn more - including hotel room block info >>

About The Author

Tom Harrington is the Political & Grassroots Specialist for The Wisconsin Credit Union League.