CARE/ACRE

To enhance the legislative program, CREA actively promotes and solicits memberships in both ACRE and CARE. ACRE, the Action Committee for Rural Electrification, is the national political action committee headquartered at NRECA in Arlington, Virginia. CARE, Colorado Advocates for Rural Electrification, is the Colorado PAC, and its funds are maintained in the CREA office in Denver, Colorado. The CREA legislative staff, the CARE Committee and the membership determine which candidates for state office receive CARE’s support. ACRE and CARE are bipartisan committees.

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Colorado Advocates For Rural Electrification (CARE)

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Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE)

What are CARE and ACRE?

CARE and ACRE are political action committees (PACs) that were created to support legislators and candidates who support the principles of rural electrification.

ACRE

Our national PAC funds are maintained in Washington, D.C. and administered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).  This money is used only for members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.  NRECA does not make contributions without first checking with the Colorado Rural Electric Association (CREA).  CREA can also make requests for NRECA to disburse ACRE funds.  Either side has veto power over the other’s request and, occasionally, this will happen.

CARE

Our state PAC funds are maintained in Denver and administered by CREA through the CARE Committee and memberships.  This money is used primarily for candidates to the Colorado General Assembly (ACRE money cannot be used for state races).  Decisions to support candidates are made by the CARE Committee, which is composed of one person from each of CREA’s five districts, two employee representatives, a Women’s Task Force representative, a Tri-State representative, chair of CREA’s Legislative Committee, and CREA’s executive director.

Who is eligible to join CARE?

Members must meet at least one of these qualifications: Directors, managers, attorneys, all employees, spouses, suppliers, and consumer-owners of a rural electric system are eligible to join CARE.

Who is eligible to join ACRE?

Members must meet at least one of these qualifications: Directors, managers, salaried employees, salaried attorneys, spouses, suppliers, and consumer-owners of a rural electric system are eligible to join ACRE.

What is the length of a CARE/ACRE membership?

The CARE/ACRE membership year runs from September 1 through August 31.  If you join anytime between these two dates, your membership will be eligible for renewal on September 1.

How are funds raised?

CARE and ACRE both raise money through memberships from ordinary people like you.  ACRE also raises money through lunches, breakfasts, dances and entertainment at regional and national meetings.  CARE raises money through special fundraising activities, such as the auction held in conjunction with CREA’s annual meeting.

Does my membership count on more than one board?

Yes.  A single CARE/ACRE membership is good for more than one board – local, G&T, statewide, supply co-op, etc.

Its easy to become a CARE member….

1.  Make all checks payable to CARE and mail to:
5400 N. Washington St., Denver, CO  80216

Payroll deduction can be used if you are a member-owner of a cooperative, an employee of a cooperative or a member of a cooperative affiliate, such as a credit union.

Special recognition for joining CARE/ACRE

Cooperative boards who have 100 percent membership in ACRE receive a certificate at the NRECA Regional Meeting. Cooperative boards who have 100 percent membership in CARE also receive recognition from CREA. All ACRE members receive a special lapel pin designating your membership level.

  • 100% Board:  Each board member and attorney at $25 each (min.)
  • 100% Board and Management:  Each board member, attorney, manager, supervisory personnel and/or key employee at $25 each (min.)
  • 100% Century Board:  Each board member and attorney at $100 level
  • 100% Century Board and Management:  Each board member, attorney, manager, supervisory personnel and/or key employee at $100 level
  • 100% President’s Club Board:  Each board member and attorney at $500 level
  • 100% President’s Club Board and Management:  Each board member, attorney, manager, supervisory personnel and/or key employee at $500 level

Membership Classification and Dues

ACRE…..$25
CARE…..$30
CARE & Spouse…..$40
ACRE & CARE…..$55
Century Members…..$100

Vice President’s Club….$250
President’s Club…..$500

Century and President’s Club members are automatically members of both ACRE and CARE.

Federal laws prohibit corporate contribution to ACRE. Membership levels are suggestions only. You have the right to refuse to contribute. Political contributions are not deductible for federal or state tax purposes.

Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE) The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) administers ACRE, a political action committee supporting federal candidates. For more information on ACRE please see NRECA’s website at www.nreca.org