Sept. 4, 2012 - Fresh off NAFCU's grassroots involvement at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., the association will be on hand to advocate for credit unions at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., through Thursday.
NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler will be working onsite at the convention to raise awareness about credit unions and build support for NAFCU-backed legislative efforts. Both conventions provide the association with an opportunity to meet with congressional representatives and be part of the political process, while helping to advance greater knowledge of the credit union industry.
As NAFCU reported last week, the association's board and staff had representatives attending events and meeting participants at the RNC. Last Thursday, NAFCU Board Member and CEO of Randolph Brooks FCU Randy Smith and wife Elaine Smith and NAFCU Senior Associate Director Jillian Pevo were on hand to see former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney deliver his acceptance speech as the Republican nominee for president.
While attending the RNC, NAFCU was able to speak with key Republican leaders about a number of issues of critical interest to credit unions, including the credit union tax exemption, the need for regulatory relief and member business lending.
At the DNC, NAFCU will be participating in a number of activities and events throughout the week. The first two days of the convention will be held at the Time Warner Cable Arena. The last night, Sept. 6, will be held at Bank of America Stadium, where President Barack Obama is slated to deliver his acceptance speech as the Democratic presidential nominee.
With Congress on recess until Sept. 10, this week is also the final week that credit union advocates can make local visits to lawmakers before NAFCU’s 2012 Congressional Caucus, set for Sept. 11-14 in Washington. For more information or to register to NAFCU’s marquee lobbying event of the year, visit the Congressional Caucus page.