Trades report contributions to congressional lobbying efforts.
CUNA’s PAC raised $93,774 in April and NAFCU’s raised $14,250, according to forms filed with the Federal Election Commission.
If money, as a former state official said, is the mother’s milk of politics, neither major CU trade is in danger of being lactose deprived any time soon.
The sluggish economy caused CUNA and NAFCU PACs to raise less money, but they each had very different spending patterns during last year's campaigns.
Recruitment of younger board members was a topic of much debate at the recent gathering of the National Association of Credit Union Chairmen.
In politics, the party that controls Congress usually gets the lion's share of the campaign money.
Heritage Federal Credit Union, Newburgh, Ind., was honored with the Diamond Merit Award in recognition of outstanding marketing and development achievements in the credit union industry.
The lawmaker who circulated the "dear colleague," letter on interchange, has received contributions from the political action committees of CUNA and NAFCU during this campaign cycle.
After having dropped off for a month, CUNA's Credit Union Legislative Action Council is again on the list of top of the top 20 donors to federal candidates, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Former NCUA Board Member Geoff Bacino urged credit union officials and members to back Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in what is expected to be a difficult re-election race this year.