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CUNA Project Sparks 12K Messages to Presidential Candidates
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 6:35 AM

With the subject of the middle class sure to come up in tonight’s Republican debate, CUNA’s Middle Class 2016 project resulted in more than 12,000 messages sent to presidential candidates in its first few weeks.

Launched earlier this month, “Strong Credit Unions, Strong Middle Class” allows credit union members to tell the candidates, via Twitter or online petition, what they can do to continue to allow credit unions to serve the middle class.

The Middle Class project (www.MiddleClass2016.com) allows visitors to select any or all of the candidates and then send a tweet to that candidate. The tweets are built upon previous statements the candidates have made about the importance of the middle class to America’s economy. The tweets also use the hashtag #CUVote16.

As of this week, 1,546 people have signed the petition and more than 5,000 people have visited the website, resulting in a total of 12,265 messages sent to the candidates. More than 23,000 emails on the project have been opened as well.

Hillary Clinton narrowly leads the candidates who have received the most messages, with 1,013, followed by Donald Trump (935), Ben Carson (924) and Bernie Sanders (893).