CULAC Sweepstakes: CA in 1st Place; NV Breaks Record

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The 2021 Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) raised more than $204,000 through its Grand Sweepstakes — with California credit union leaders raising the most funds (first place), Nevada leaders breaking their last record, and both states combined raising 36 percent of total national CULAC contributions, nearly $72,700!

The annual sweepstakes took place during last week’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC). Each year, all 50 Credit Union National Association (CUNA)-League partners compete to raise the most money during the CULAC Grand Sweepstakes, which is the biggest fundraising push of the year to replenish the federal PAC.

The sweepstakes went “virtual” this year! As of March 8:

  • California participants raised a record $66,831 toward political activities and credit union awareness, which is approximately $19,000 higher than last year (a 40 percent increase).
  • Nevada credit union leaders were also successful by raising $5,860 in CULAC donations (a new record) and surpassing the $5,000 goal. This was accomplished between 28 donors and eight credit unions — a 148 percent increase over last year’s $2,365. Nevada also gained recognition for having 122 percent participation of registered GAC attendees who donated to CULAC this week (the Chairman’s Challenge).
  • California has now taken first place in the sweepstakes three years in a row. Meanwhile, Nevada has climbed the charts to the No. 9 spot (previously the 25th spot in 2020).
  • Both California and Nevada combined had a total of 13 prize winners: Rene LaJay (Southland CU), Jeff Napper (LBS Financial CU), Carol Galizia (LA Financial CU), Nancy Deavours (Merced School EFCU), Tom Lent (Southland CU), Diana Dykstra (the Leagues), Kristin Blair (Coast Central CU), Shannon Miller (Silver State Schools CU), Barbara Banister (Southland CU), Eric Day (CU of Southern California), Dave Roughton (SAFE CU), Teresa Freeborn (Xceed Financial CU), and Darren Williams (Wescom CU)!

The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues would like to congratulate everyone who worked hard to make this happen, as well as EVERY single donor! Each year, credit unions are dependent on CULAC, the federal PAC (political action committee) of CUNA. The threat of taxation and other issues are ongoing as credit unions serve their members.

Click here to view the entire list of donors in their respective categories: Founder ($5,000), Presidential Club ($2,500 – $4,999), Leadership Circle ($1,000 – $2,499), Chair’s Club ($500 – $999), Capitol Club ($200 – $499), and Advocate Club ($1 – $199).

“A special thank-you goes to everyone who participated in helping make this year successful,” said Heather deNecochea, political advocacy manager for the Leagues. “Your strong commitment and generous donations were truly amazing and made for a successful week for our PAC, as well as taking CULAC fundraising to a whole new level. Please take a glance at our generous donor list representing those who helped us surpass our goals in California and Nevada! A special shout-out goes to our PAC chairs and CULAC trustees, Dave Gunderson and Sue Longson, for being champions for our cause.”

This PAC momentum will help elect credit union friendly political candidates in the 2022 election. It is the Leagues’ hope that the PAC will continue to grow through future events, increasing in payroll deduction programs and various fundraising campaigns as credit unions work through COVID-19 and eventually move forward from the pandemic’s health crisis.

“Every big or small donation matters, and it continues to help keep credit union friendly candidates elected in office,” deNecochea added. “Thank you to everyone that participated in helping make these events successful. “The PAC has an exciting event coming up this spring. We look forward to sharing more details with you soon.”

Email Heather deNecochea with any questions. The PAC is excited to continue to grow payroll deduction programs by increasing donations and participation within existing payroll deduction programs, as well as onboarding new credit unions to participate.

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