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APCO Worldwide Cites CUNA's Effective Bipartisan Influence
Monday, July 27, 2015 6:45 AM

CUNA has been cited for its effectiveness among trade and lobby organizations in working well with both Republicans and Democrats. The consulting firm APCO Worldwide interviewed 301 people from the public and private sectors for its “influencers” study. Respondents included lobbyists and top aides on Capitol Hill (The Hill, July 22).

APCO judged strong lobbying performance as the most important characteristic to possess, along with working effectively across the executive, legislative, and regulatory branches, and impacting policy at the local, state, and federal levels. Bipartisanship was listed as the third-most important characteristic of an association.

Contributions by the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC), CUNA’s federal political action committee (PAC), support APCO’s findings. CULAC’s giving for the 2016 elections has been among the most bipartisan among major national PACs, with 51 percent of funds going to Republicans and 49 percent going to Democrats.

Overall, the financial services industry ranked No. 1 out of the survey's eight industry sectors (financial services, health care, retail and general business, food and beverages, technology, energy and extraction, travel and tourism, and manufacturing). Survey participants evaluated 50 associations in 15 categories that included lobbying, coalition building, social media, having a unified voice and a “multilateral impact,” and possessing the ability to work within the legislative, executive, and regulatory arenas.