BISMARCK, N.D. (7/26/13)--
| Credit Union Association of the Dakotas staff donned their "Don't Tax" t-shirts and gathered for a group photo with some of the 12,821 postcards that are going to the offices of U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.)and Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.). From left are: Norita Kress, Deb Kruckenberg, Jeff Olson, Steve Rahrich, Shawn Brummer and CUAD President/CEO Robbie Thompson. (Photos provided by the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas)|
North and South Dakota Credit Unions presented more than 33,000 "Don't Tax My Credit Union" postcards to the Dakotas' legislators in Congress as of Thursday, said the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas.
The number is "a conservative estimate," said CUAD.
"While we are still working on complete numbers as we continue to get information from credit unions, we presently have counted that North Dakota as delivered 12,821 postcards while South Dakota has delivered 20,701," reported CUAD President/CEO Robbie Thompson.
| South Dakota credit union representatives--Jay Kruse of Service First FCU, Darla Erb of Voyage FCU and Joey Rotert of Sioux Falls FCU--delivered postcards directly to the offices of U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Tim Johnson (D-S.D.). They are shown here at Sen. Johnson's office.|
"As long as we have postcards left, we hope to keep them trickling in so our elected representatives know that we are passionate about this issue, and that we aren't going away," said Jeff Olson, CUAD vice president of advocacy and awareness.
Olson added he hopes credit unions will continue to send the post cards with their outgoing mail until the supplies run out.
Leagues across the nation are in the process of tallying up the results so far of their state's grassroots efforts aimed at sending the Don't Tax My Credit Union message to Congress.
The message was delivered loud and clear Tuesday to more than 875,397 people, including members of Congress and their followers on Twitter during the Credit Union National Association's DontTaxMyCU Tuesday national grassroots campaign.
Roughly 2,171 tweets specifically mentioned a member of Congress' Twitter handle and the #DontTaxMyCU hashtag. Another 500 messages tweeted the hashtag without mentioning a specific legislator.
Two members of Congress--Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) and Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.)--joined in and tweeted their agreement with the Don't Tax My Credit Union message.
Members can go to CUNA's www.DontTaxMyCU.org
site and send an e-mail to Congress. For more information, use the links.