It’s a major election year in Alabama and Florida, as well as many federal races. The LSCU is planning to flex its grassroots muscle like never before. The League has three political action committees - FEDPAC (federal PAC), CULAC (FL state PAC), and ACULAC (AL state PAC), each with a board of trustees made up of politically-minded credit union officials from both states. They help staff decide which candidates to provide financial support to. This past week the LSCU board of directors approved an official League Endorsement Policy. This will take our endorsements and advocacy efforts to a new level.
Let me explain why the board adopted this policy. Alabama and Florida have many high profile federal races, as well as races for governor and cabinet positions. The endorsement will come officially from one of our two state-specific brands developed for advocacy purposes - either the Alabama Credit Union Association or the Florida Credit Union Association. The PAC trustees will make recommendations to the LSCU board on candidates to endorse.
This entire process will be transparent. Each time the LSCU board endorses a candidate, credit unions will be informed of the reasons for the endorsement. We will not state that this comes from all 279 credit unions or our 6.5 million members because we understand that some of you may not support the candidate because they would be contrary to the values and beliefs of some within our two states. We hope you will support the candidates that the LSCU board supports, because our decisions will be made solely based on their position on credit union issues.
You can play a part in this process by attending Chapter Legislative events where some of these candidates may appear or responding to our Governmental Affairs emails about potential endorsements. The more you engage yourself in the process, the more informed you will be about why the candidate was endorsed.
By the LSCU board making endorsements, it will raise the profile of credit unions since the endorsements will be for major races. It will also give us a foot in the door with the candidates once they win their election. The PAC trustees have a great track record of endorsing winning candidates for the right reasons. This is one more step in making Alabama and Florida credit unions major players in Montgomery, Tallahassee, and Washington, D.C.
I would also like to say thank you to the credit unions that took part in the second annual LSCU FedPAC Quail Hunt. This year almost 60 folks went to the Doubletree Resort in Town Creek, AL to hunt quail, test their shooting skills, and raise money for the FedPAC. I hope you will come out next year.
Where’s Patrick:. I will be working remotely for part of this week and in Tallahassee for the rest of the week. To see my tentative schedule for the next two weeks, visit the LSCU Information for Credit Unions webpage.
See the President's Quarterly video by visiting the League's YouTube page.