WASHINGTON-The Credit Union Legislative Action Council of CUNA handed out a number of $5,000 checks to congressional candidates last month. Most of the big money went to long-time credit union friends at the federal level, including Congressman Jim McCrery’s (R-La.) Committee for the Preservation of Capitalism; House Financial Services Committee Chairman Mike Oxley (R-Ohio); Congressman Brad Carson (D-Okla.), who is running for retiring Senator Don Nickles’ (R-Okla.) seat; Senator George Allen’s (R-Va.) Over the Hill PAC; Senator Max Baucus’ (D-Mont.) Glacier PAC; Congressman Charles Rangel’s (D-N.Y.) National Leadership PAC; and House Judiciary Committee Member Bill Jenkins (R-Tenn.). CULAC also contributed $5,000 to former California Attorney General Dan Lungren (R), who narrowly beat out state Senator Rico Oller and Sacramento businesswoman Mary Ose, for the Republican nomination, according to KXTV News10.net. Ose is the sister of the congressman who has held the seat for the last three terms, Doug Ose, who promised when he was elected to retire after three terms. Congressman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) neared the $5,000 mark with $4,750 from CULAC last month. Other top recipients of CULAC funds included Congressman Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich) at $3,500; Senators George Voinovich (R-Ohio) and Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) who received $2,500 each; and Representatives Steve Buyer (R-Ind.), Mark Souder (R-Ind.), Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.), Baron Hill (D-Ind.), Chris Chocola (R-Ind.), Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.), Mike Pence (R-Ind.), Julie Carson (D-Ind.), and Dan Burton (R-Ind.) who also received $2,500. The head sponsor of the Credit Union Regulatory Improvements Act (H.R. 3579), Congressman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) received $2,000 from CULAC in May, as did cosponsors Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.). In total, CULAC disbursed $146,044.82 during the month of May with a total of $723,388.17 disbursed for the year so far. The political arm of CUNA took in $169,964.28 in May and ended the month with $586,076.04 in its war chest.
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