WASHINGTON – There was a credit union advocacy blitz targeted at Capitol Hill yesterday as credit union supporters from across the country took part in round two of "Don't Tax Tuesday," the major social media push that used Twitter, Facebook, and CUNA’s own DontTaxMyCreditUnion.org Web site to get a united message out to lawmakers.
Strong advocacy efforts were seen throughout the day, as individuals, credit unions, credit union leagues, and CUNA pushed their tax-status fight online. The heavy participation even crashed the "Don't Tax My Credit Union" Web site for a brief period, and the #DontTaxMyCU hashtag became a Twitter trending topic in the Missouri area.
CUNA and credit unions also had a new tool in their tax advocacy kit this time around: A Spanish-language version of the “Don't Tax site”, www.NoImpuestosAMiCU.org, that told members of Congress "No Le Cobren Impuestos a mi Credit Union" and featured a video message and action center. A Spanish language toolkit is also posted on CUNA’s Web site.
NJCUL Director of Government Affairs Chris Abeel was on Capitol Hill yesterday delivering some 1,500 postcards to the offices of Senators Bob Menendez (D) and Jeff Chiesa (R) and Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-9). Menendez and Pascrell serve on the tax-writing committees and are key players in the tax reform debate.
Afterward, Abeel dropped by the offices of the balance of New Jersey’s 14-member delegation to follow-up on the League’s “Don’t Tax My CU” Survey sent last month. In addition to meeting with numerous staffers, Abeel spoke directly with Congressmen Pascrell and Chris Smith (R-4).
Reps Pascrell and Rush Holt (D-12) have publicly announced their support of the credit union tax exemption.
The League’s postcard campaign’s goal is to get 5,000 postcards to the state’s two senators and Rep. Pascrell before month’s end. More than 2,300 postcards have already arrived on Capitol Hill with targeted credit unions completing the balance.
CUNA’s Don’t Tax My Credit Union Web sit is available at www.donttaxmycreditunion.org.