Political Action Committees
CARE & America’s Electric Cooperatives PAC
To enhance the legislative program, CREA actively promotes and solicits memberships in both CARE and America’s Electric Cooperatives PAC (PAC). 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. CARE is a nonpartisan committee. The PAC is the national political action committee headquartered at NRECA in Arlington, Virginia.
For a list of CARE committee members and districts, click here.
Click to join CARE / America’s Electric Cooperatives PAC.
FAQ & What You Need To Know
Can I join a PAC?
Any citizen of the United States can join CARE.
America’s Electric Cooperative PAC
PAC members must meet at least one of these qualifications: Directors, managers, salaried employees, salaried attorneys employed by the cooperative, spouses and consumer-owners of a rural electric system belonging to NRECA or CREA are eligible to join the PAC.
How are funds raised?
CARE and PAC both raise money through memberships from ordinary people like you. CARE raises money through special fundraising activities, such as the auction held in conjunction with CREA’s fall meeting.
How do I become a member?
It is easy to be a member, just mail us a check.
Make all checks payable to CARE/ACRE and mail to:
5400 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216
Click here to download the donation form.
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.
What is the length of the membership?
The CARE/PAC membership year runs from January 1 through December 31. If you join anytime between these two dates, your membership will be eligible for renewal on January 1.
Does my membership count on more than one board?
Yes. A single CARE/PAC membership is good for more than one board – local, G&T, statewide, supply co-op, etc.
Is there any special recognition for for joining the PACs?
Cooperative boards who have 100% membership in ACRE receive a certificate at the NRECA Regional Meeting. Cooperative boards who have 100 % 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% Vice President Club Board: Each board member and attorney at $250 level
- 100% President’s Club Board and Management: Each board member, attorney, manager, supervisory personnel and/or key employee at $500 level
- 100% Leadership: Same at $1,000 level
Federal laws prohibit corporate contribution to CARE/America’s Electric Cooperatives PAC. Membership levels are suggestions only. You have the right to refuse to contribute. Political contributions are not deductible for federal or state tax purposes.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) administers America’s Electric Cooperatives PAC (formerly ACRE®), a political action committee supporting federal candidates. For more information on America’s Electric Cooperatives PAC please see NRECA’s website at electric.coop/pac.
Contributions to the NRECA America’s Electric Cooperatives PAC (formerly ACRE®) are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions to the PAC 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.
America’s Electric Cooperatives PAC (formerly ACRE®) raises personal, voluntary contributions from NRECA’s eligible membership. Federal law prohibits soliciting contributions from individuals other than NRECA and member-systems’ eligible employees, boards of directors, consumer-owners and the families of such individuals. Contributions from ineligible individuals will be returned. For more information on the the PAC or eligibility to participate, please email the PAC team, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership Classification and Dues
Century, Vice President, President and Leadership Club members are automatically members of both America’s Electric Cooperatives PAC and CARE.