Political Advocacy

Political Advocacy

Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC)

Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC)

Vermont Credit Union Political Action Committee (Vermont CUPAC)

Learn more about credit union political advocacy at the federal level by visiting CULAC at http://www.cuna.org/culac/.

Vermont CUPAC is a state-level political fundraising entity for Vermont credit unions. Individual donations are used to make campaign contributions to candidates for state-level office who are supportive of credit union interests. The combination of Vermont’s campaign finance law and federal laws place certain limits on contributions made to Vermont CUPAC:

  • Any individual may contribute up to $2,000 to CUPAC in any one election cycle (this does not preclude separate contributions directly to candidates);
  • State credit unions may make corporate contributions to CUPAC not to exceed $2,000 per election cycle, but contributions over $100 are subject to a 35% federal tax reported on IRS Form 1120 POL;
  • Federal credit unions may not contribute to any campaign or political action committee;
  • All credit unions may provide financial support for the administration of CUPAC without any tax. Administrative support can be used to cover expenses for a fundraiser, pay for printed materials, etc. Such funds never go to support any candidate;
  • Vermont CUPAC funds are separate from the Association of Vermont Credit Unions and stringent reporting requirements to the Vermont Secretary of State are followed, including the necessity to report name and mailing address of all contributors, regardless of amount.
Political Advocacy Honor Roll (through 12/31/16)
Those listed below are demonstrating their commitment to the preservation of credit union uniqueness through financial contributions to political action (CULAC & VT CUPAC). They will be recognized for their support at the 2017 Association Annual Meeting.


Presidential Tier – $1,001 and above
Finnigan, Joseph Vermont FCU
Ambassadorial Tier – $501 to $1,000
Bergeron, Joseph & Paulette Association of Vermont Credit Unions
Dwyer, John New England FCU
Gammon, Sean Members Advantage Community CU
Isabelle, Bernard Vermont FCU
Levandowski, Matthew Heritage Family FCU
Potter, Lance Vermont FCU
Randall, Lisa Vermont FCU
Senatorial Tier – $251 to $500
Cote, John & Kathleen AVCU / Members Advantage Community CU
Giard, Jean Vermont FCU
Kent, Bryan Association of Vermont Credit Unions
Leonard, Susan New England FCU
Savoie, Ken NorthCountry FCU
St. Peter, James New England FCU
Turner, Cynthia Vermont FCU
Congressional Tier – $101 to $250
Benoit, Stacey Members Advantage Community CU
Brock, Richard Brock & Brock PLLC
Brock, Thomas Brock & Brock PLLC
Cowie, Robert NorthCountry FCU
Fullerton, Michelle Association of Vermont Credit Unions
Gammell, Karen NorthCountry FCU
Huyer, Lisa NorthCountry FCU
Lagerstedt, Kathryn NorthCountry FCU
Morgan, Robert NorthCountry FCU
Necrason, Adam & Diana Necrason Group
Robinson, Curran Vermont FCU
Gubernatorial Tier – $51 to $100
Brooks, Lynn NorthCountry FCU
Haley, Matt Heritage Family FCU
Harvey, William Members 1st CU
Ladner, Reem NorthCountry FCU
McFaun, Mary Ann Members Advantage Community CU
Miller, Robert Vermont State Employees CU
O’Brien, Thomas Heritage Family FCU
Placey, Kathy Vermont FCU
Selectboard Tier – $1 to $50
Addison, Richard Heritage Family FCU
Adorisio, Jim NorthCountry FCU
Allen, Carrie Heritage Family FCU
Baird, Darcy New England FCU
Ballard, Kerri Association of Vermont Credit Unions
Bartoo, Michael MARQUIS
Begin, Barbara Heritage Family FCU
Benoit, John NorthCountry FCU
Benson, Denis Heritage Family FCU
Blair, Jami NorthCountry FCU
Blanchette, Conrad Members 1st CU
Bolster, Glen A.M. Peisch & Company, LLP
Broughton, Frank Vermont FCU
Burgess, Karen NorthCountry FCU
Burgess, Todd A.M. Peisch & Company, LLP
Campbell, Carolyn Vermont State Employees CU
Carroll, Rich River Valley CU
Cedergren, Karen River Valley CU
Chagnon, Ariel NorthCountry FCU
Chamberlin, Betty Members 1st CU
Charron, Marlene New England FCU
Clark, John One CU
Conklin, Timothy Magee Company
Cotton, David Members 1st CU
Cron, Richard Vermont State Employees CU
DesMeules, Bob Tricorp FCU
Devereaux, Kathy NorthCountry FCU
Diette, Teresa NorthCountry FCU
Duclos, Steve River Valley CU
Duggan, William Members 1st CU
Dunn, David River Valley CU
Ferland, Ralph Tricorp FCU
Fletcher, Sue New England FCU
Garand, Yvonne Vermont State Employees CU
Gleavy, Bill CUNA Mutual Group
Goodell, Kathi NorthCountry FCU
Griffiths, Jessica NorthCountry FCU
Griffiths, Kathy NorthCountry FCU
Guild, Kevin Vermont State Employees CU
Harris, Hessy Members Advantage Community CU
Hommel, Rick Vermont State Employees CU
Hood, John New England FCU
Husk, Brigitte NorthCountry FCU
Karparis, Chuck Vermont State Employees CU
Kaufman, Jeanne Heritage Family FCU
Laba, Randy Members Advantage Community CU
LaBerge, Matt New England FCU
Ladabouche, Norm A.M. Peisch & Company, LLP
Laperle, Michelle Vermont State Employees CU
Leeson, Jennifer Vermont State Employees CU
Letourneau, Lisa New England FCU
Loso, Kevin Heritage Family FCU
Lunna, Jay Vermont State Employees CU
Lyon, Rich A.M. Peisch & Company, LLP
MacDonald, Roberta Cabot Cooperative Creamery
Malroux, Jen Association of Vermont Credit Unions
Manahan, Megan Vermont FCU
Marro, Debra Heritage Family FCU
Martin, Marie Vermont State Employees CU
McElvany, Norm Vermont State Employees CU
Mcewen, Mary NorthCountry FCU
McLoud, Mike Tricorp FCU
Menard, Kathleen One CU
Morse, Jeff & Tammy River Valley CU
Moses, Claire Tricorp FCU
Newton, Mary New England FCU
Nowinski, Denise Tricorp FCU
Phelps, Debra Vermont FCU
Pornelos, Brian NorthCountry FCU
Reen, Tom Vermont FCU
Riccardi, Julie Heritage Family FCU
Robert, Mary Association of Vermont Credit Unions
Rosenstreich, Judy Vermont State Employees CU
Roy, Steve Tricorp FCU
Simon, Paul White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors
Smith, Jeff NorthCountry FCU
Sniscak, Tracy Allied Solutions, LLC
Stearns, Adam Members Advantage Community CU
Stearns, Dean Members Advantage Community CU
Stowe, Jill Vermont State Employees CU
Sylvester, Karen NorthCountry FCU
Taginski, Francis NorthCountry FCU
Titus, Rod Members Advantage Community CU
Valentini, Lori CUNA Mutual Group
Wehling, Richard New England FCU
Wheeler, Scott Granite Hills CU
Williams, Liz Association of Vermont Credit Unions
Willis, Lynn NorthCountry FCU
Wisell, Judith Members 1st CU
Wright, Mark Vermont State Employees CU
The names listed on this Honor Roll are recognized for contributions made from January 1, 2016 to the “through” date shown above. A new recognition period begins on January 1 of every year. The tiers associated with the names of Honor Roll members only include the current amounts received or reported. To ensure you are placed within the correct tier, please report all personal contributions to CULAC and Vermont CUPAC to John Cote at 800-234-8285 x 7033, or fax your information to 802-864-4391. The Honor Roll is updated regularly as contributions merit. If you would like to know your actual dollar amount needed to advance to the next tier, or if you believe the tier you have been placed in is incorrect, please contact John.