MCUL Resurrects Grassroots

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LIVONIA, Mich.-Citing easier access to its grassroots advocacy web pages as the reason-and not growing anger among CU leaders toward the NCUA-the Michigan CU League created a new tool on its homepage called "Operation Grassroots."

The tool is a set of four links prominently positioned that connect to sections already in place: Action Alerts, Legislative Comment Calls, Regulatory Comment Calls, and Regulatory Comment Letters.

"The MCUL has brought back the 'Operation Grassroots' term for our action center because it reflects an ongoing commitment to the element of our lobbying that matters most," MCUL & Affiliates CEO David Adams stated on the leagues' website. "We hope that credit union leaders will use the action center to channel their anger, frustration and constructive input so that we can affect positive change on legislative and regulatory processes."

The move compliments CUNA's Operation Comment, focused now on the Fed's interchange proposal. According to an MCUL spokesperson, the move is simply an outreach to league CUs and is not a response to the petition introduced by Randy Karnes, CEO of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based CU*Answers (Credit Union Journal, Dec. 23). Karnes launched a petition that calls for a number of changes to how credit unions are regulated, including Congressional oversight of the NCUA board and splitting the NCUSIF from the agency.

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