HARRISBURG, Pa. – The $2 billion-plus Pennsylvania StateEmployees Credit Union plans to get more active on the politicalfront. It has hired a new public relations manager, Nate Muniz, tohelp ramp up the CU's political advocacy efforts. Muniz has alreadymet with lawmakers in Washington armed with facts and figures tocombat some of the claims being made by banking groups. “Because ofour size, PSECU has the ability to supplement the efforts ofnational and state credit union associations to counter thebankers' charges. We want to make legislators aware of thedifferences between credit unions and banks. The most significantof these, of course, is that credit unions are not-for-profit.Earnings are returned to members and not paid out to stockholders,”he said. “Credit unions fulfill President Bush's vision of anownership society. Credit unions are owned solely by members, whoconsequently have a direct say in how their money is used,” saidMuniz. “We intend to remind legislators that the President hassupported credit unions in the past, and he continues to do sotoday.” PSECU joins a growing number of large CUs who haveprofessionals on staff focused on political advocacy.

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