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1,000 friends donated $1 million to help elect Ernst and Gardner
Vice President Joe Biden swears in new senators Joni Ernst  (above) and Cory Gardner (below), Jan. 6, 2015.


After combing through the latest FEC reports and assessing the campaign donations made through our website, it appears over $481,000 was contributed to BOTH Sen. Joni Ernst (IA) and Sen. Cory Gardner (CO)'s campaigns by over 1,000 friends of traditional banking around the country last year. It is estimated that when factoring the many smaller donations under $250 that are not itemized in FEC reports, over $1 million was sent in to both campaigns combined.

This means that Friends of Traditional Banking members and allies rallied to contribute 4%-5% of the total of each 
campaign's funding--an unprecedented involvement by this industry.


"What a refreshing change this is from having Bruce Braley and Mark Udall in Congress, both perpetrators of Dodd-Frank, expanded credit union powers, and other ills to traditional banking" said Howard Headlee, a founder of Friends of Traditional Banking and CEO of the Utah Bankers Association.


"I am so grateful for groups that believed in me like Friends of Traditional Banking," said Gardner. "They supported me in en mass at a time when I was still down in the polls. Thank you!"         


Ernst is also appreciative to the thousands of bankers who supported her. "I would like to thank the many individuals and groups who shared my vision to get our great nation back on track, and who worked so hard to help me earn an historic victory, including Friends of Traditional Banking," she said.                                                 


John Boyer elected new FOTB chairman


John E. Boyer, IV, a fifth-generation banker who is currently chairman of KANZA Bank in Kingman, Kansas, has been elected by the executive committee of Friends of Traditional Banking to serve as the group's chairman for the 2015-2016 term.

Boyer succeeds Matt Packard, president and CEO of Central Bank in Provo, Utah, who served as FOTB's inaugural chair from 2012-2014. "I'm so proud of the strong foundation we've built as a grassroots group of bankers," Packard said. "John is terrific, and I have no doubt will continue to lead us to even greater heights," he said. 

Under Packard's leadership, Friends of Traditional Banking has grown to over 10,000 members in three years and was able to direct thousands of bankers and allies around the country to donate to key Senate races last fall. Packard will remain on the executive committee as immediate past chair.

Boyer has been on FOTB's executive committee since 2012, and has a history of political advocacy for the banking industry. He served on the ABA's Government Relations Administrative Council, and chaired the Kansas Bankers Association in 2010-2011.  

Boyer graduated from Kansas State University in 1983 in finance and accounting, and after a brief career with Sprint Corporation joined family-owned KANZA Bank in 1988. He served as a loan officer, security officer, investment officer, compliance officer, internal auditor, and performed CFO functions. He was elected to the board in 1990, chairman of the board in 1994, and president and CEO in 1998. Under Boyer's leadership, he grew KANZA Bank from one location with $50 million in assets to four locations and $215 million in assets.

In 2013, Boyer turned the CEO functions over to his brother, Clark, giving himself time as chairman to build and develop their board as well as increasing his involvement in political advocacy.

"I am humbled to work with the outstanding individuals involved in Friends of Traditional Banking," he said. "We have proved, and will prove once again next year, that thousands of us focusing on two key Congressional races can truly tip the scales and serve notice that traditional banking is watching Congress very carefully to ensure we are treated fairly."

When he's not fighting for traditional banks, Boyer enjoys spending time with his two daughters and one granddaughter. He's an avid reader and has accumulated a personal library of over 3,000 books. He's also a collector of pipes and rides motorcycles. Boyer serves his community on the Wichita Grand Opera Board of Directors and is chairman of his church's Endowment Fund Board.


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Friends of Traditional Banking is a non-partisan grassroots effort, organized by bankers. We have over 15,000 members in all fifty states, choose two Congressional races each cycle, and encourage our membership to donate directly to those campaigns.



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