Credit Unions Must Get Political: Onsite at GAC
WASHINGTON – If your opponent is Public Enemy Number One, you get to wear the white hat. And you should take advantage of it.
That was the message delivered by credit union officials Monday as they urged CUNA members to increase their political activity this year.
“It’s about the big banks,” Keith Frederick (pictured), owner of FrederickPolls in Arlington, Va., said at the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference. “It’s great to be a candidate campaigning against the big banks.”
He said that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) has based much of his campaign on the perceived abuses of large financial institutions.
“There’s a nice playing field for us if we want to take advantage of it,” Frederick said.
And if big banks are the enemy, credit unions should paint themselves as the good guys. People are angry about the big banks, but many credit union members do not realize that the financial institutions are not for profit.
“You’re pushing off