Updated: Feb 12
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Jeff Hulett - United States
Presidential voting - since my age of majority to the 2012 election, I voted Republican. Since then, I have voted Democrat.
Political Philosophy - Self described Moderate Conservative.
From a business standpoint, I believe businesses should be enabled to optimize building value in the environment of their key stakeholders, such as the owner / shareholder, the employee, the customer, and the community. I believe government regulation should be in the context of guardrails. Guardrails should be 1) clear and sufficiently specific to enable a level competitive playing field, 2) consistently enforced, and 3) only those necessary to meet the needs of the electorate.
From a social standpoint, I believe the government has a role to support and protect the electorate. This includes safety net social programs to support those transitioning employment, health, shelter, education or other socially important priorities. Generally, I believe people are happiest when they are able to live a self supporting life, with government providing for safety net contingencies.
Industry groups and political activity - As a long time active member of the Financial Services industry, I am or have been active in the following industry groups:
American Bankers Association
Consumer Bankers Association
Mortgage Bankers Association
Risk Management Association
My role in these organizations has been one of education and business networking. These organizations do have some level of political action involvement. I have not been involved in industry political action.
Charitable Contribution Strategy - My wife and I are active in our community. In the past, we contributed to the Catholic Church. Today, the majority of our charitable contributions go to Cornerstones, a local charitable organization. We regularly give to Virginia public universities to support their education mission. We also periodically give to charitable organizations supported by children of our local community. We do not contribute to political mission organizations.