MAKE A DIFFERENCE. SIGN UP FOR ACRE BY CLICKING HERE & SCROLLING TO THE FORM AT THE BOTTOM.
State and federal government officials make policy decisions that affect your local cooperative and your way of life. ACRE provides a way for cooperative members and employees to ensure the needs of their co-op communities are considered when policy decisions are being made.
What is ACRE?
The Action Committee for Rural Electrification® (ACRE)® is the political action committee (PAC) of the nation’s electric cooperatives. Founded in 1966 by the approximately 1000 cooperatives of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), it supports candidates for state and federal office – those in office now and running for office – who will speak for and protect the interests of cooperatives and their member-owners. Today, ACRE is backed by more than 36,000 cooperative employees and members from across the United States.
Cooperative member participation in the nationwide ACRE Co-op Owners for Political Action program ensures that the voice of cooperatives remains strong in our nation’s capital and in your state legislature. Maintaining a strong grassroots presence in the political process is instrumental to the long-term success of the cooperative program and the communities they serve in these unpredictable times.
What are the priorities of ACRE?
ACRE is committed to supporting elected officials who will:
- Keep co-op member energy bills affordable to improve their quality of life.
- Help cooperatives ensure reliable energy service.
- Assist members’ efforts to use energy more efficiently.
- Make renewable energy more affordable for cooperative members.
- Help rebuild electric cooperatives after a storm.
- Protect our nation’s economy and jobs when making energy laws.
What is a political action committee (PAC)?
The law allows individuals with common interests to pool their resources using PACs in order to make political contributions to candidates for state and federal office. Currently 33,000 like-minded supporters of the cooperative program combine their contributions through ACRE Co-op Owners. Candidates who receive a substantial contribution from ACRE Co-op Owners get an important message about your interest in your local community’s cooperative. The candidate knows that the cooperative member-owners and employees who supported them want to elect individuals to office who will make good policy decisions on their behalf.
Are contributions tax-deductible?
No. The Internal Revenue Service has ruled that all political contributions, such as those to Co-op Owners for Political Action®, are not tax deductible.
What do I receive for my contribution?
The most important benefit that you receive as an ACRE Co-op Owners member is a voice in helping elect state and federal officials that will support your cooperative and your community. In addition, you will receive quarterly issues of the ACRE® Action newsletter, which includes legislative alerts, profiles of cooperative leaders, and other timely features. You will also receive a quarterly e-newsletter from PPEC with local updates.
Where does my contribution go?
With the exception of a small federal tax payment of less than one percent, all contributions to ACRE Co-op Owners go directly to the campaigns of candidates for political office. In addition, a portion of your contribution (about half) may be refunded to your state cooperative PAC to support candidates for state office.
Who determines how these contributions are made?
ACRE Co-op Owners follows established procedures for making contributions to candidates running for political office. Factors that determine financial support include the candidate’s position on issues critical to cooperatives, the candidate’s committee assignments and leadership positions, his or her relative importance to cooperatives’, and a candidate’s financial need and the strength of his or her opponent. The candidate’s political affiliation is never taken into account.
Individual states have their own guidelines for making contributions to candidates for statewide offices. While these rules are set by the individual states, they often mirror those guidelines used by the national ACRE Co-op Owners program.
Do I really make a difference?
Our ability to serve you and your community is heavily dependent on members like you who use ACRE Co-op Owners to get the right people into political office. The personal dedication of member-owners to stand together forms the backbone of a powerful grassroots network that promotes policies to secure the future of your cooperative and the families they serve. This is an opportunity to make a huge difference.
Contributions to the NRECA Action Committee for Rural Electrification® (ACRE®) are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions to ACRE are voluntary and will be used for political purposes. You have the right to refuse to contribute without reprisal. Federal law prohibits contributions from foreign nationals who lack permanent resident status. Any contribution guidelines presented are merely suggestions. You are free to contribute more or less than the suggested amounts, or not at all. NRECA will not favor or disadvantage anyone by reason of the amount contributed or a decision not to contribute.
*Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200.