PORTLAND, Maine (9/3/13)--Nothing can beat in-person contacts with congressional leaders during the ongoing "Don't Tax My Credit Union" campaign headed by the Credit Union National Association and the state credit union leagues, according to the head of the Maine Credit Union League.
"It is great to see credit unions posting photos on Twitter, putting banners in lobbies and utilizing other creative ways to highlight the 'Don't Tax My Credit Union' Campaign, but what really matters most is getting members and staff to take the time to contact our Congressional Delegation," said Maine League President John Murphy (Weekly Update Aug. 23).
The mobilization of grassroots is well-underway in Maine, with more than 80% of Maine's credit unions, representing 575,000 members, actively involved in reaching out and educating members about the "Don't Tax My Credit Union" Campaign, said the league. To date, the number of contacts from Maine to the four members of Maine's Congressional Delegation now stands at more than 5,000.
Last month, efforts to encourage members to get involved by contacting members of Congress were stepped up at several Maine credit unions.
"We are pleased to see more credit unions sending e-mail blasts to members, posting messages on social media, and providing letters and links to make it easy for members to respond," Murphy said.
"With 630,000 credit union members in Maine, we can make a big difference in this campaign if we get members, and staff, to take the time to send a letter or e-mail or make a phone call and tell Congress 'Don't Tax My CU,'" he concluded.
National contacts for credit unions and credit union members contacting Congressional members as part of the "Don't Tax My Credit Union" campaign total 800,000, CUNA said.