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CULAC & Vermont Credit Union Political Action Committee (CUPAC)
Vermont Credit Union Political Action Committee (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.
  • CUPAC funds are separate from the Association of Vermont Credit Unions and stringent reporting requirements to the Vermont Secretary of State are followed.

Political Advocacy Honor Roll (through 12/31/13)
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 2014 Association Annual Meeting.

Presidential Tier - $1,001 and above
Bergeron, Joseph & Paulette AVCU
Finnigan, Joseph Vermont FCU
Ambassadorial Tier - $501 to $1,000
Cote, John & Kathleen AVCU / Members Advantage Community CU
Dwyer, John New England FCU
Gammon, Sean Members Advantage Community CU
Isabelle, Bernard Vermont FCU
Potter, Lance Vermont FCU
Senatorial Tier - $251 to $500
Hance, Ron Heritage Family FCU
Morgan, Robert NorthCountry FCU
Randall, Lisa Vermont FCU
St. Peter, James New England FCU
Sylvester, Karen NorthCountry FCU
Congressional Tier - $101 to $250
Benoit, Stacey Members Advantage Community CU
Brock, Richard Brock & Brock, PLLC
Cowie, Robert NorthCountry FCU
Davis, Eric Vermont FCU
Devereaux, Kathy NorthCountry FCU
Dion, Jennie ORLEX Government Employees CU
Fullerton, Michelle & Dale AVCU
Giard, Jean Vermont FCU
Huyer, Lisa NorthCountry FCU
Kent, Bryan AVCU
Lagerstedt, Kathryn & Marty NorthCountry FCU
Leonard, Susan New England FCU
Levandowski, Matt Heritage Family FCU
Martelle, Randy Heritage Family FCU
Necrason, Adam Sirotkin & Necrason
Porter, Patricia Vermont FCU
Savoie, Ken & Nicole NorthCountry FCU
Schubert, Kandi Vermont FCU
Gubernatorial Tier - $51 to $100
Burgess, Karen NorthCountry FCU
Cheney, Kim Vermont State Employees CU
Crapo, Tom Vermont FCU
Griffiths, Kathy NorthCountry FCU
McFaun, Mary Ann Members Advantage Community CU
Morse, Jeff River Valley CU
O'Brien, Tom Heritage Family FCU
Placey, Kathy Vermont FCU
Post, Steven Vermont State Employees CU
Stearns, Dean & Teresa Members Advantage Community CU
Selectboard Tier - $1 to $50
Adorisio, Jim NorthCountry FCU
Aho, Tina Aho Consulting
Allen, Carrie Heritage Family FCU
Aloi, Dominic Vermont FCU
Atkinson, Bill Vermont State Employees CU
Benoit, John NorthCountry FCU
Benson, Denis Heritage Family FCU
Best, Sue ORLEX Government Employees CU
Blair, Jami NorthCountry FCU
Bollman, Christi White River CU
Broughton, Francis Vermont FCU
Brown, Randy Heritage Family FCU
Burgess, Todd A. M. Peisch & Company, LLP
Casko, Don Tricorp FCU
Cedergren, Jim & Karen River Valley CU
Chagnon, Ariel NorthCountry FCU
Chamberlin, Betty Members 1st CU
Chapin, Richard Members 1st CU
Chapman, Shawn One CU
Ciano, Jody eDOC Innovations
Clark, John & Beverly One CU
Cloutier, Darlene & Alain Green Mountain CU
Cobb, Nate One CU
Cooney, Michael River Valley CU
Corbo, Jillian Heritage Family FCU
Crimmins, Ken Diebold
Cron, Richard Vermont State Employees CU
DeFalco, Mary Beth CU Direct
Devost, Jeremey Diebold
Diette, Theresa NorthCountry FCU
Drugg, Ben One CU
Duggan, William Members 1st CU
Edger, Bob CUNA Mutual Group
Eno, Ed Heritage Family FCU
Fisher, Doug Vermont FCU
Fleischman, Ginny Green Mountain CU
Fournier, Catherine Members 1st CU
Fox, Jill John M. Floyd & Associates
Gabriel, Mike Members Advantage Community CU
Gillander, Nellie Vermont State Employees CU
Gonyaw, Kimberly NorthCountry FCU
Goodell, Kathi NorthCountry FCU
Grady / Capron, Karen & Mike One CU
Harriman, Bernie Green Mountain CU
Harris, Hessy Members Advantage Community CU
Harvey, William Members 1st CU
Hasbrouck, Joyce Covered Bridge CU
Hill, Paul Vermont State Employees CU
Hommel, Rick Vermont State Employees CU
Hughes, Brian Tricorp FCU
Husk, Ashley NorthCountry FCU
Husk, Brigitte NorthCountry FCU
Jarvis, Heather Vermont State Employees CU
Jewett, Melissa & Travis NorthCountry FCU
Karparis, Chuck Vermont State Employees CU
Kidder, Linda Covered Bridge CU
Ladner, Reem NorthCountry FCU
Little, Ruth Members Advantage Community CU
Longfellow, Julie NorthCountry FCU
Lucci, Peg Heritage Family FCU
Malroux, Jennifer AVCU
Maxson, Richard Law Offices of Fred Peet
McDonough, Jeff Vermont FCU
McElvany, Norm Vermont State Employees CU
Mcewen, Mary NorthCountry FCU
McLoud, Mike Tricorp FCU
Meacham, Kate NorthCountry FCU
Mead-Belanger, Eileen Vermont State Employees CU
Morey, Leslie River Valley CU
Nowinski, Denise Tricorp FCU
O'Donnell, Tom Wojeski & Company CPAs
Olio, Theresa NorthCountry FCU
Olsen, Brendan CUAlliance
Oski, Jessica Sirotkin & Necrason
Paine, Kate Vermont State Employees CU
Pearson, Jen AVCU
Pierce, Jeffrey CUNA Mutual Group
Plocki, Dan Diebold
Poczobut, Susan Granite Hills CU
Ragusa, Joe CO-OP Financial Services
Roberge, Tom March of Dimes
Robert, Mary AVCU
Robinson, Curran Vermont FCU
Rorris, Deb NorthCountry FCU
Rosenstreich, Judy Vermont State Employees CU
Roy, Paul Tricorp FCU
Roy, Steve Tricorp FCU
Seymour, Alan Wojeski & Company CPAs
Smith, Jeff NorthCountry FCU
Stotyn, Monica AVCU
Stowe, Jill Vermont State Employees CU
Taft, Jeff One CU
Taylor, Jonathan CUAlliance
Thompson, Perry Vermont State Employees CU
Valentini, Lori CUNA Mutual Group
Vogt, Deb Tricorp FCU
Ward, Rodney Heritage Family FCU
Wehling, Richard Vermont FCU
Wheeler, Scott Granite Hills CU
Wiedl, Tom Sunmark FCU
Willis, Lynn NorthCountry FCU
Wright, Tim eDOC Innovations

The names listed on this Honor Roll are recognized for contributions made from January 1, 2013 to the "through" date shown above. A new recognition period begins on January 1 of every year. The levels associated with the names of Honor Roll members only include the current amounts received or reported. To ensure you are placed within the correct level, 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 level, or if you believe the level you have been placed in is incorrect, please contact John.