After Two-Month Hiatus, Credit Union Trade PACs Resume Political Giving

The Credit Union National Association and the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions stopped making campaign contributions after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, but will now resume them. CUNA was the 12th largest contributor to the 147 Senators and Representatives who objected to the counting of the electoral votes for Joe Biden, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

With Thousands of PPP Loans on ‘Hold,’ CUNA, NAFCU Ask for Extension

Financial services trade groups, including the Credit Union National Association and the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, are concerned that the Paycheck Protection Program will expire on March 31 with thousands of loans stuck with “holds” that will prevent those small businesses from getting assistance. They want all loan applications received by the March 31 expiration date of the PPP to be processed.

CU Trades Say Premium Not Needed Despite 1.26% Equity Ratio

The Normal Operating Level of the Share Insurance Fund, set by the National Credit Union Administration before the pandemic, is 1.38%. The ratio currently sits at 1.26% and at 1.20% the NCUA will be required to develop a restoration plan that will involve additional premiums on credit unions. The Credit Union National Administration, the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions and the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors all oppose a premium now, arguing that the ratio is higher because of economic stimulus payments to members and that charging credit unions additional premiums during an economic downturn is not a good plan.