Virginia Credit Union League President/CEO Rick Pillow said bothmajor political parties bring a different type of support to creditunions, but at the end of the day, it's a candidate's individualrecord that earns him or her an endorsement or PACcontribution.

“Sometimes you're better off on the regulatory side withRepublicans, because they tend to want less government,” Pillowsaid. “But on the other hand, Democrats tend to be better withproactive issues. For example, there are more Democratic sponsorsfor member business lending.”

The Virginia league endorsed Democrat and former governor Tim Kaine in his bid forthe U.S. Senate after endorsing his opponent in 2006, RepublicanGeorge Allen, who also served as the state's governor and completedone term as a U.S. senator.

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