WASHINGTON (5/7/14)--Credit unions have launched an independent effort to support the candidacy of Redlands, Calif., Mayor Pete Aguilar (D) for the state's 31st Congressional District.
Pete Aguilar (D) is running, with credit union support, to represent California's 31st Congressional District. He is shown here in April at a Justice for Immigration Coalition forum in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (CUNA photo)
The Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) Tuesday filed with the Federal Election Commission to launch an independent expenditure (IE) in support of Aguilar's candidacy. An IE is a paid communication directed to the general public advocating for the election or defeat of a candidate for federal office that must be conducted independently from, and not coordinated in any way with, the candidate being supported.
CULAC is the federal political action committee of the Credit Union National Association.
Aguilar is a former employee of Arrowhead CU, San Bernardino, Calif., with $773 million in assets, during which time he was an active participant and advocate for credit unions. Additionally, Aguilar was active in local underserved communities through credit union community outreach.
"Pete Aguilar worked at an Inland Empire credit union, and thus understands and appreciates the critical role credit unions play in the financial lives of the 170,000 credit union members in the 31st District," said Trey Hawkins, CUNA vice president of political affairs. "We're proud to support Pete's candidacy because we know his credit union background will prove a valuable asset in Congress as he fights for those working families."
CULAC is spending $197,189.03 on direct mail and digital advertising, both in English and Spanish. CULAC had previously contributed $10,000 to Aguilar's campaign, and he has strong support from the California Credit Union League and local credit unions.
California's 31st District is an open seat created by the announced retirement of incumbent Rep. Gary Miller (R) who will be stepping down at the end of his term. Under state rules, the top two vote-getters in a nonpartisan primary June 3 move to the general election regardless of party.