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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

 
Ohio CU PACs exceed 2018 fundraising goal; thank you!
The League’s political advocacy machine is operating at a high level and our political action committees (PACs) are the fuel that keeps the engine running. While the final accounting is not complete, we fully expect to exceed our combined state and federal PAC goal for 2018 of $325,000. This new League record is a testament to the support and generosity of credit unions, their employees, volunteers, and advocators from across Ohio.
League proactive in getting linked-deposit programs up and running
In a rising interest-rate environment, small businesses need affordable financing options. Which is why your League successfully lobbied the Ohio General Assembly to change the law in order for credit unions to offer borrowers two different interest-rate reduction programs, Ag-LINK and Business Linked, administered by the Treasurer of the State’s office. Before a credit union can apply to become an eligible lender, the rules governing the programs need to be approved by the Treasurer.
Credit unions remain top-of-mind with Ohio Congressional delegates
With the constant stream of fresh faces into Congress, there’s a constant need to onboard the new members of the Ohio Congressional delegation about credit unions so they make good decisions regarding them. Your League is working hard to ensure your priorities and concerns are top-of-mind, especially with those new to the U.S. House of Representatives. We recently sent a welcome letter that included a list of credit union legislative priorities for 2019 to all sixteen Ohio members.
New state legislature, new faces, same League presence
Similar to the new Congress, there is also a new Ohio General Assembly, with more than a quarter of the House being first-time members and two new faces in the Senate). Good thing your credit union have a constant in-person presence at the Ohio Statehouse, thanks to the League government affairs team, in order to keep the voice of Ohio’s credit unions resonating in state legislators’ heads. Defining your issues and priorities before others can do so for you is a crucial component to a successful advocacy program.
#AdvocacyInAction: League to share successes of 2018, looking forward to 2019
From enhancing the state credit union charter to securing tangible regulatory relief at the federal level, 2018 was a banner year for credit union advocacy to the state membership growth rate nearing 3%. Your League advocacy team is excited to highlight our achievements in 2018 and plans to keep advancing our advocacy agenda in 2019. To ensure you are getting the most up-to-date news this year, follow our social media channels: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Snapchat (@WeareOCUL).