CUNA said it focused its political fundraising efforts last month on first-time members of Congress, those lawmakers most vulnerable to electoral challenges, making campaign contributions to more than a dozen freshmen.
Contributions went to the following freshmen: Reps. Bob Beauprez (R-CO), $4,000; Kevin Brady (R-TX), $2,000; Phil Gingrey (R-GA), $1,000; Denise Majette (D-GA), $1,000; Max Burns (R-GA), $1,000; Jeb Hensnarling (R-TX), $1,000; John Carter (R-TX), 1,000; James Gerlach (R-PA), $1,000; Scott Garrett (R-NJ), $1,000; Candace Miller (R- MI), $1,000; Michael Michaud (D-ME), $1,000; David Scott (D-GA), $500, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), $3,000. Murkowski is the daughter of former Sen. and now Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski, who was appointed last year to his Senate seat.
The biggest contributions from CUNA last month went to: Reps. Bill Shuster (R-PA), $5,000; Michael Pence (R- IN), $5,000; Todd Akin (R-MO), $4,000, and Jim Matheson, (D-UT), $4,000. CUNA spent $93,931 on campaign contributions last month and has made a total of $728,674 so far this year.