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VANCOUVER, Wash. — Columbia Credit Union, the $725 million credit union that almost became a bank in 2003 has voted to expel seven of its members who helped organize the effort to keep it a credit union.

In letters to the Save Columbia Credit Union organization, which they founded, and to individual members which included two board members and three supervisory members, the credit union said that they had injured the credit union by publishing an advertisement in a local paper drawing public attention to what Save CCU believed were negative ways Columbia’s board had sought to change Columbia’s voting procedures.

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