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Advocating in Ocean City

Mon, Jun 15, 2015

Columbia, Maryland

In the midst of senior week and heavy ocean breezes, several hundred credit union members and industry stakeholders converged in Ocean City for the 2015 Annual Convention and Meeting (AMC) of the MD|DC Credit Union Association, marking the 10th anniversary of the AMC. 

The convention which opened with a group crab feast on Sunday afternoon and closed with two outstanding  speakers during the General Session on Wednesday morning provided attendees the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the state and district, attend the board business meeting, interact with exhibitors, listen and converse with a number of keynote speakers and participant in break-out sessions on a host of topics from cyber and data security to small CU business development.

For attendees interested in legislative and regulatory issues, the advocacy team held a break-out session on Tuesday afternoon, featuring Association CEO John Bratsakis and consultant John McKechnie. The panel discussed with attendees in the audience ongoing issues of importance to CU’s including the NCUA’s Risk-Based Capital regulations and second round comment period. Nearly 1/3 of all our association CU members submitted comments to the NCUA which posted over 2,000 comments from across the country. Additional topics included the importance of credit union participation in our national PAC – CULAC which helps to shape relationships on Capitol Hill.  In addition to CULAC, we discussed an additional CUNA (non-PAC) fund, the National Advocacy Fund, which also supports CU friendly candidates and members of Congress.  

Related to CULAC, we discussed the emerging Senate race to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski. In a state with little Congressional turn-over, the retirement has set off a small avalanche of announcements up and down the line with two members of our Congressional delegation, Rep. Chris Van Hollen and Rep. Donna Edwards officially running for the seat  (and at least a third member still considering)…which has set off a number of state Reps and Senators seeking those Congressional seats in turn. But there are other areas of advocacy we touched on including the importance of Project Zip Code, a quick and secure data program which allows CUNA and our league to determine exactly how many CU members (by zip code information only) reside in each Congressional, DC member at large and state representative district. This helps our team and individual CU members to convey to their elected officials the cu footprint in their respective districts.  Credit union members vote and even members of Congress can count!

Join our upcoming Advocacy Roadshow training session on June 26 @ 9:30 a.m. in Columbia and other upcoming forums, roundtables and events.

For additional information contact: Glen Cooney - VP, Advocacy & Legislative Affairs / 443-325-0775 / gcooney@mddccua.org.