What is ACRE Co-op Owners for Political Action?

Co-op Owners for Political Action gives cooperative consumer-owners, the opportunity to raise their voice on behalf of their cooperative.  State and federal government officials make policy decisions that affect your local cooperative and your way of life.  This program is an easy way for consumer-owners to help determine who gets elected to make those decisions.

The Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE) is the political action committee (PAC) of the nation's electric cooperatives.  Founded in 1966 by approximately 1,000 cooperative members 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 electric cooperatives and their consumer-owners.  The ACRE program is over 33,000 members strong and growing.

Participation in the nationwide ACRE program ensures that the voice of electric 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 electric cooperative program and the communities they serve.

Do I Really Make a Difference?

The cooperative model relies heavily upon members who take an active role in their cooperative's success.  The personal dedication of members to stand together forms the backbone of a powerful grassroots network that promotes policies to secure the future of your electric cooperative and the families they serve.

It is easy to participate in ACRE through the ACRE Co-op Owners for Political Action program.  You may contribute through an addition to your monthly electric bill or by making a single annual contribution.  To find out if you are eligible to join ACRE Co-op Owners for Political Action, please contact Steuben Rural Electric Cooperative at (607) 776-4161 or (800) 843-3414.

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.