CUNA Helps Congressional Newcomers Retire Campaign Debt
WASHINGTON – CUNA spent much of its remaining financial resources from the last congressional elections helping newly elected lawmakers retire their campaign debt in the final six weeks of the year. CUNA’s political action committee contributed almost $100,000 post-election to congressional newcomers, including $50,000 in the final four weeks of the year, according to a report filed yesterday with the Federal Election Commission. Included were contributions to Democrat Nick Lampson, who returned to Congress by winning Tom DeLay’s Texas House seat ($5,000); and Democrat Ciro Rodriguez, who also returned to Congress by winning a House seat in Texas ($5,000); as well as new senators Bob Corker, R-Tenn.($5,000); Claire McCaskil, D-Mo. ($2,500) and Amy Klobucher, D-Minn. ($2,500); as well as new House members Charlie Wilson, D-Ohio ($2,500); Paul Hodes, D-N.H. ($1,000); Kristen Gillibrand, D-N.Y. ($1,000); Chris Murphy, D-Ct. ($1,000); Tim Walz, D-Minn. ($1,000) and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. ($1,000). CUNA contributed almost $3.4 million to candidates and the parties in the last elections, and raised almost $3.4 million, both new highs.