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CUNA league pull out stops for CU champion
Click to view larger image CUNA Senior Vice President of Political Affairs Richard Gose (right) discusses with Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.) the elections during Gose's visit to Kanjorski's campaign in his district in Pennsylvania this week. Gose spoke to credit unions about Kanjorski, a long-time credit union champion. This was the third trip CUNA staff have made to the district during the campaign. (Photo provided by Penn. Credit Union Association)
WASHINGTON (10/27/08)--The Credit Union National Association (CUNA), Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) and credit unions from around the country continue efforts to boost credit union champion Paul Kanjorski’s (D-Pa.) reelection bid. The 12-term congressman is in an extremely tight race against challenger Lou Barletta, the mayor of Hazleton, Pa. Kanjorski is a staunch supporter of credit union legislative initiatives in Washington. He was the original sponsor of the Credit Union Regulatory Improvements Act (CURIA, H.R. 1537), the Credit Union Membership Access Act (H.R. 1151) and the Credit Union, Bank and Thrift Regulatory Relief Act (CUBTRRA, H.R. 5519). Kanjorski also chairs the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises. In addition to ongoing fundraising activities, the credit union groups have boots on the ground in Kanjorski’s district. Their goal is to educate and mobilize the most likely pro-Kanjorski voters among the approximately 117,000 credit union members who reside there, according to the PCUA. Among the tactics employed by credit unions in support of Kanjorksi: Face-to-face constituent meetings and open houses with Kanjorski, voter canvassing, and direct mail. All of these activities were directed at credit union members. PCUA also hosted an Oct. 20 "thank you" party for credit union members who so far assisted with this campaign.
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