CUNA said its political action committee spent a total of $281,301 last month, one of its most active months ever. The month also marked the holding of the first political fundraiser at CUNA's Credit Union House on Capitol Hill, which CUNA allowed Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) to use for a fundraising event.
With 10 months still to go in this election cycle CUNA has already topped its previous highs, set last elections, for both campaign funds raised ($1.8 million) and spent ($1.84 million). The biggest contributions last month went to: Candace Miller, a Republican state senator in Michigan running to succeed retiring Democratic Whip David Bonior ($10,000) and Thaddeus McCotter, a Republican running to succeed the retiring Joe Knollenberg (R-MI), $10,000; and Reps. Frank Lucas (R-OK), $9,000; Fred Upton (R-MI), ($7,500); Ellen Tauscher (D-CA), $5,000; Clay Shaw (R-FL), $5,000; Richard Baker (R-FL), $5,000; William Jefferson (D-LA), $5,000; Stephen Lynch (D-MS), $5,000; Baron Hill, D-Ind. ($4,500); Allen Boyd (D-FL), $4,000; Sens. Max Cleland (D-GA), $5,000; Robert Torricelli (D-NJ), $5,000; Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is running to succeed retiring Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC), and House Whip Roy Blunt, (R-MO), $8,500, split between Blunt's campaign committee and his leadership PAC.
-From CU Journal Staff Reports