CUNA Backs Newcomers In Upcoming House Races
CUNA has increased its focus on supporting congressional newcomers as the campaign season heats up, making contributions to seven candidates for open House seats in June. They include: Republican California Assemblyman Kevin McCarthy, $5,000; Republican New York State Sen. Ray Meier, $5,000; Republican Nebraska State Rep. Adrian Smith, $5,000; Republican Illinois State Sen. Peter Roskam, $5,000; Democratic New York State Sen. Carl Andrews, $1,000; Democratic Iowa attorney Bruce Braley, $5,000, and Republican Jeff Crank, a staffer with Rep. Joel Hefley, who is running for his boss's seat upon Hefley's retirement, $5,000.
CUNA has made contributions to more than 25 congressional newcomers so far in the 2005-2006 elections.
CUNA also made contributions last month to three leadership PACs. They were: Democrats for the Future, run by Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA), $2,500; Committee for the Preservation of Capitalism, run by Rep. Jim McCrery (R-LA), $5,000; and Back America's Conservatives, run by Rep. Richard Baker, (R-LA), $5,000. CUNA has contributed more than $250,000 to leadership PACs in the current election cycle.
Heading into the final months of the mid-year elections CUNA has more than $534,000 of cash on hand to help fund campaign contributions, independent expenditures and other campaign activities.
Ed Roberts can be reached at robertscuj