As we come into Fall, we are entering the last quarter for raising advocacy funds for 2017! Special thanks to all who have donated so far this year—and especially to our Gold Triangle Club banks listed below. Want to be on this list? There's still time! Additionally, WBA recognizes individual bankers who have donated $250 or more to the PAC or conduit as part of our Silver Triangle Club.

WBA has two advocacy funds that you can donate to. The first, the Alliance of Bankers for Wisconsin (ABW) Conduit Fund acts as your personal "political bank account." With this option, you choose which candidates or legislative party committees your donation goes to. If you want to participate in our efforts but want WBA to select which candidates to give to, you can give to Wisbankpac, a political action committee registered with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission and Federal Elections Commission.

Bankers will need to continue to be very involved in talking to our legislators and regulators, and we will need strong, unified industry positions that make sense in this economic and political environment. WBA will continue to support those elected officials who support us. As always, WBA focuses on winning elections by supporting candidates in the "Banker" party not Democrat or Republican.

Gold Triangle Club banks are at the forefront of the banking industry's political action effort. To qualify for membership in the Club, bank employees and directors must contribute a minimum amount to WBA's political action funds (the Alliance of Bankers for Wisconsin political conduit and WBA's political action committee, Wisbankpac) apportioned by bank asset size:

Bank Assets

Total Banker Contributions

$0-25 Million

$500

$25-100 M

$1,000

$100-250 M

$1,500

$250-500 M

$2,000

$500-750 M

$2,500

$750 M - $1 Billion

$3,500

$1 B+

$4,500

These contributions go toward helping pro-banking candidates get into office. Hearty congratulations to the following banks, whose directors and employees contributed enough to WBA's political action funds to achieve Gold Triangle Club bank status in 2017:

Reaching Gold Triangle Club Status as of October 3, 2017:

  • Associated Bank, Green Bay
  • Bankers Bank, Madison
  • Bank of Galesville
  • Bank of Luxemburg
  • Capitol Bank, Madison
  • Charter Bank, Eau Claire
  • Citizens Bank, Mukwonago
  • Citizens State Bank of Loyal
  • Coulee Bank, La Crosse
  • East Wisconsin Savings Bank, Kaukauna
  • The Equitable Bank, Wauwatosa
  • First Citizens State Bank, Whitewater
  • First Federal Bank of Wisconsin, Waukesha
  • First National Community Bank, New Richmond
  • Forward Financial Bank, Marshfield
  • Fox River State Bank, Burlington
  • Horicon Bank, Horicon
  • Investors Community Bank, Manitowoc
  • Jackson County Bank, Black River Falls
  • Mound City Bank, Platteville
  • Park Bank, Madison
  • The Peoples Community Bank, Mazomanie
  • Peoples State Bank, Wausau
  • Security Financial Bank, Durand
  • Security State Bank, Iron River
  • Settlers Bank, DeForest
  • Spring Bank, Brookfield
  • The Stephenson National Bank & Trust, Marinette
  • Union Bank & Trust Company, Evansville
  • Wisconsin Bankers Association

Should your bank be on the list? Contact WBA’s Jon Turke at jturke@wisbank.com or 608-441-1215.