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On behalf of Ohio's credit unions, the League spearheads daily advocacy efforts in multiple realms in order to create the best environment for your continued success.

Who will witness "The Game" live from the Shoe?

This year will mark the 115th time “The Game” has been played, and you could be in attendance. Much like Ohio State relies on its supporters for home-field advantage, effective advocacy relies on the support of Ohio’s 270 credit unions. As part of your League’s government advocacy efforts, having a strong credit union political action committee (PAC) ensures the Movement has a seat at the political table. This year’s PAC fundraising goal is $325,000. By logging into the Rallying Point and making a suggested $25 PAC contribution by Nov. 19, you could win two tickets to The Game on Nov. 24.



Official Rules
1. Participation is voluntary and no purchase of a product is necessary. A $25 contribution to the Ohio Credit Union Legislative Action Committee (OCULAC) is suggested and can be made online or by contacting League Manager of Legislative and Political Advocacy Andrew Canan at acanan@ohiocul.org to send a check. The suggested $25 contribution to OCULAC is NOT tax deductible.

2. A purchase or payment will not improve your chances of winning.

3. Eligibility: The OCULAC Sweepstakes is open to all natural persons within the state of Ohio.


4. Entry: Entries will be accepted online through The Rallying Point starting Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. EST to Monday, November 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST. All online entries must be received by November 19 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

5. Sponsorship: The OCULAC Sweepstakes is sponsored and paid for by OCULAC.

6. Limitation on Entries: Limit one entry per person.

7. Grand Prize: The winner will be selected at the Ohio Credit Union League Offices on November 19, 2018 and notified via social media, email or telephone call on or about November 20, 2018. The winner will receive two tickets to Ohio State vs. Michigan on November 24, 2018 valued at approximately $900.

 

8. Official Rules/Names of Winners: To receive a copy of the complete rules, send an email to Andrew Canan at acanan@ohiocul.org. For a list of winner(s), send an email after November 19, 2018 and before January 1, 2019 to acanan@ohiocul.org.


Advocacy Focuses

Legislative Advocacy
Every day, the League fights to ensure that legislators and other elected officials understand the value of credit unions and protect their interests. See what issues are at the forefront, how you can become involved, and what resources are available.

Regulatory Advocacy
As your eyes and ears, the League works with state and national regulators and legislators daily in meetings, conversations, and comment letters, to protect credit unions from unnecessary rules and to guard credit union safety and soundness. Review the latest comments filed on your behalf, how you can participate, and more.

Media Advocacy
Acting as your public relations firm, the League promotes the credit union difference daily and makes sure that credit unions are the ones defining credit unions. The League also provides resources and training to help credit unions develop their own media relationships. Check out the talking points, how-tos, template press releases, and more available to you, plus recent media features about credit unions.

Consumer Advocacy
To sustain and build consumers’ awareness and desire for credit unions, the League is constantly representing credit unions to the public and helping you elevate your profile within your community. Learn about national initiatives that are underway to connect consumers to your credit union.
 

 Advocacy News

 
League-backed DeWine defeats Cordray to become Ohio’s next governor
On Nov. 6, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R-Cedarville) defeated former CFPB Director Richard Cordray (D-Grove City) to become Ohio’s next governor, and he will now directly impact how credit unions operate through state regulation and economic policy. While your League’s government-affairs strategy historically focused on federal and state House and Senate races, we heard you loud and clear that the current regulatory environment for Ohio’s credit unions must be preserved by supporting and engaging with DeWine.
Pro-credit union supporter elected as Ohio Treasurer
Like your credit union’s investment portfolio, a political advocacy strategy is most effective when dually-focused on growth and strategic long-term priorities. When current State Treasurer Josh Mandel failed to provide credit unions with access to newly-implemented, state-sponsored, small-dollar lending programs, your League government affairs team strategically supported pro-credit union State Rep. Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) in the election for State Treasurer to elevate the Movement.
Call to action: Show your support for CU state-charter code modernization bill
There’s power in numbers, which is why the League is asking credit union leaders throughout Ohio to sign and return a letter of support for Senate Bill 292, legislation modernizing the state credit union charter. The more letters legislators receive from credit union leaders, the more likely the legislature will favorably move the bill, as it’s harder to say “no” to a larger number of people.
Last days to enter: see the Buckeyes play the "team up north" at the ‘Shoe
A crucial part of the League’s effective advocacy game is having a strong political action committee (PAC), which ensures Ohio’s credit unions have a seat at the decision-making table. Even though the election is now behind us, advocacy never stops. Help the League refuel your credit union PAC by Nov. 19 and you will be entered into a chance win two tickets to see The Ohio State University’s football team take on the “team up north” on Nov. 24.
#AdvocacyInAction: League constantly promoting the CU difference
Sharing and promoting the credit union difference keeps your League’s advocacy team energetic and motivated. A few of the League’s recent activities on behalf of credit unions are highlighted below. To get a better understanding of what we do on a daily basis, follow our social media channels: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Snapchat (@WeareOCUL).