What is Co-op Owners?

What is Co-op Owners?

ACRE Co-op Owners for Political Action® (Co-op Owners) is a nonpartisan political action committee designed to direct financial contributions from co-op members to those legislators who actively support issues of importance to electric cooperatives. Co-op Owners is a part of the Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE), a political action committee founded by members of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) that has collected contributions from co-op members across the nation since 1966.

ACRE Co-op Owners supports candidates for state and federal office who will speak for and protect the interests of electric co-ops and their members. ACRE provides a voice for electric cooperatives on all levels of government.


With the exception of a small federal tax payment of less than 1 percent, all contributions to ACRE Co-op Owners go directly to the campaigns of candidates for political office. About half of all contributions go to support candidates for state office, the other half for federal office. ACRE follows established procedures for making contributions to candidates running for political office. Factors that determine financial support include a candidate’s:
• Position on issues critical to electric co-ops, as well as their votes and public statements on these issues;
• Committee assignments, leadership positions and relative importance to co-op’s.
• Financial need and the strength of an opponent.
• The candidate’s political affiliation is never taken into account.

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I'm a Co-op Voter: Co-ops Vote is a nonpartisan project of America’s Electric Cooperatives designed to inform its members on the key issues facing electric co-ops and encourage them to vote and support their co-ops and the communities they serve when they go to the polls. Learn more at Vote.coop.

NOTE: Contributions to ACRE Co-op Owners for Political Action® are not tax deductible. All contributions to ACRE are voluntary and will be used for political purposes. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. Contribution guidelines are suggestions only. You may contribute more or less than the recommended amount. Contributions may be stopped at any time upon notification to the cooperative.