Have you donated to the Alliance of Bankers of Wisconsin Conduit? Thank you so much! Your funds go to pro-banking candidates at the federal, state, and local level. But here's the thing: you need to designate personally where those funds go. Once you sign up for the conduit you should receive regular emails from WBA asking you to donate to certain candidates.

Just because you donated funds does not mean the process is over!

If you are not receiving those emails, please contact me to make sure we have your correct email address on file. The emails might also be getting trapped in your spam folder.

The ABW conduit allows you to direct dollars to the pro-banking candidates of your choice. The ABW conduit triples the impact of a single contribution by sharing the credit between the individual banker, the bank he or she represents, and the banking industry as a whole.

WBA uses the generous contributions of its member bankers to help elect pro-banking candidates and defeat anti-banking candidates. We've all seen what happens when anti-banking legislators are in charge: more red tape and higher taxes. Proposals on the federal and state levels Could change the way we offer products, process electronic payments, raise capital, make new loans, and even how we talk with our customers.

If you do not care where your funds go but have already donated to the conduit, you can transfer those funds to Wisbankpac. The PAC is administered by WBA staff and the decision is made internally on where those funds would be best used.

November is getting closer every day, and candidates that support the industry will need these funds more and more. They do no good sitting in your conduit account, so please be sure to release them over the course of the campaign.

Are you receiving emails but do not wish to donate to any of the candidates listed? You can always respond with any other candidate you choose. We do have a prohibition on donating to presidential campaigns as the compliance requirements are too great.

Please contact me with any questions at 608-441-1206 or msemmann@wisbank.com.

Semmann is WBA executive vice president – operations officer.