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Tough Pa. race brings CU support
WASHINGTON (10/27/10)—Rep. Paul Kanjorski, a long-time advocate on Capitol Hill for credit union issues, is facing a strong challenge for his 11th district House seat in next Tuesday’s elections, and credit unions are working in support of his campaign efforts. Kanjorski, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, is running against Republican Lou Barietta, who currently is mayor of Hazleton, Pa. Over the past month, credit union folks have been involved in a number of events, including a rally
Click to view larger image Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.), shown here addressing credit union representatives at a recent CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., has been a member of the U.S. Congress since 1985. (CUNA photo)
Tuesday evening featuring a supportive appearance from former President Bill Clinton. Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) CEO Jim McCormack and REAL Solutions Program Manager/retired CEO John Kebles and other credit union representatives from the district planned to attend. Other events attended by credit unions have included a Sunday Oktoberfest celebration, in Dunmore, with Kanjorski, who “tapped the keg.” Also, on Monday, credit unions gathered at a “Rally at the VFW,” in Duryea. The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) has also been involved in supporting Kanjorski, who has sponsored and promoted numerous pieces of legislation that would improve the regulatory structure of credit unions and modernize their powers. Most recently, Kanjorski designed a bill H.R. 3380), which carried broad bi-partisan support, that would increase the credit union member business lending cap. That bill is still pending a House vote. CUNA and the PCUA collaborated on a breakfast Oct. 5 to focus on a number of goals, including engaging credit unions, recruiting volunteers, and energizing credit unions that are doing mailings for Kanjorski. With the candidate in attendance at the 90-minute breakfast, CUNA and the league finalized plans for a direct-mail program, which resulted in five rounds of mailings being sent out. The mailings are being sent from PCUA to members of four credit unions in Kanjorski's district, with CUNA assisting with strategy, financing, and design. Also at the breakfast, additional volunteers were recruited.


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