Every year League staff, in conjunction with our external lobbying firm, develops a budget allocating VACUPAC funds to state candidates. We use a range of criteria that include whether a legislator sits on a key committee for credit union bills, has introduced bills on our behalf, or has quashed a bill that would harm credit unions. Similar guidelines are used on the federal level.
Sometimes when candidates are running for an open seat for a high-level office, such as governor or U.S. Senate, the League will conduct interviews with both candidates on credit union issues. The Board of Directors would then vote on which candidate to support based on the answer to those questions.
The non-profit Virginia Access Project keeps tabs on contributions from individuals and groups at its web site http://www.vpap.org/. You can also request contribution or VACUPAC budget information from the League directly if you are a credit union member.