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Colorado Wyoming associations outline advocacy efforts
ARVADA, Colo. (12/19/07)--The Credit Union Associations of Colorado and Wyoming (CUAC and CUAW) reported their progress for 2007, including an increase in advocacy initiatives and doubling the number of Credit Union Regulatory Improvements Act (CURIA) sponsors in the Colorado delegation from three to six.
The Credit Union Associations of Colorado and Wyoming plan to move into a new headquarters building in Denver and are preparing for the Democratic National Convention in August. From left are: Melissa Vetterling, administrative assistant; Courtney Staatz, manager of political programs; John Dill, president/CEO; Chris Kemm, manager of grassroots advocacy; Tim Dore, senior vice president of governmental affairs; and Mark Robey, general counsel. (Photo provided by the Credit Union Associations of Colorado and Wyoming)
Colorado’s CURIA sponsorship increased 100% this year, with support from Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R) and Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D). CUAC also persuaded the dean of the Colorado delegation, Rep. Diana DeGette (D) to add her name as a co-sponsor of CURIA. Other accomplishments include education efforts aimed at newly appointed Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, passage of a state bill that would provide major regulatory relief for credit unions seeking to dispose of repossessed cars in Colorado, and hiring Tim Dore as senior vice president for governmental affairs. Dore replaces Pete Kirchhof, who will be an outside lobbyist with credit unions as one of his clients. John Dill, CUAC president/CEO, credits Chris Kemm, manager of grassroots advocacy, for advances in the associations’ grassroots programs. Kemm joined CUAC and CUAW in 2006. During his tenure, the number of advocates signing up under the CapWiz tracking program increased--1,840 in the first 10 months of 2007. “The strength of credit unions has always been in our grassroots,” Dill said. “What Chris brings to the table is not only a deep understanding of the mechanism and tools of grassroots organizing, but also a newly acquired passion for our credit union movement.” CUAC and CUAW also have used grassroots to help pass a bill that would remove credit unions from regulations of the state automobile dealer’s board, which had started imposing rules on credit unions seeking to sell repossessed autos. Courtney Staatz also was hired as manager of political programs and will work on political fundraising, the associations reported. CUAC and CUAW are looking to 2008, whenthey will field one of their largest delegations to the Credit Union National Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference. They also will move into a new headquarters building by late spring, and will prepare for the Democratic National Convention, scheduled to take place in Denver in August.

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