WASHINGTON--In a big election year such as this one, the actual legislative cycle gets truncated and the noise generated by all the campaigning can make it look like a time when nothing is getting done. That has lead some to ask why NAFCU and CUNA are still plugging away with advocacy on the one side and PAC dollars on the other.

"The thing is, when it's an election year, if a majority of their constituents are writing to them and calling them and they're all talking about the same issue, those lawmakers are going to pay attention," said Katie Marisic, director of Political Affairs for NAFCU. "This is an urgent, important time, because we are competing with a lot of other issues and a lot of other noise."

CUNA VP-Political Affairs Trey Hawkins agreed. "Lawmakers are also politicians, and politicians right now are focused on how to get reelected, so this is a tremendous opportunity for what we do on the political side to effect what happens on the policy side."

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