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CUs Impact Lawmakers and Legislation via the National Advocacy Fund
Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:45 AM

The National Advocacy Fund (NAF) was established to pool resources from across the credit union system for direct use in electoral advocacy. Traditionally, the funds are used to support pro-credit union candidates running for federal office, as well as general legislative and regulatory advocacy initiatives.

This fall, Cornerstone received a generous contribution of $375,000 from the NAF to help get out the vote ahead of the Nov. 7 election in Texas, which featured two constitutional amendments directly benefiting credit unions, Propositions 2 and 7. Cornerstone used those funds to pay for hundreds of thousands of direct mail pieces to registered voters, digital advertising, and sophisticated social media tools—and our advocacy worked!

Now, it's time to replenish the NAF. 

"In 2018, several credit union-friendly congressional candidates in the Cornerstone region will have tough races, and we need to be prepared to help them tackle those challenges," said Cornerstone Chief Advocacy Officer Jim Phelps. "As credit unions consider their budgets for next year, we hope they'll consider donating to the National Advocacy Fund."

Unlike CULAC, the federal PAC of the Credit Union National Association for which contributions must be personal only, contributions to the National Advocacy Fund may come from state and federally chartered credit unions, leagues, CUSOs, and other credit union vendors. With a healthy NAF, we have the opportunity to make substantial impact in issue advocacy and congressional races.   

Download a contribution form with suggested levels of giving and a document with Frequently Asked Questions containing background on the NAF and amounts raised since inception.

I hope your credit union will consider contributing to this important advocacy initiative. Should you have any questions, please contact Jim Phelps at 800-442-5762, ext. 6481, or