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Localizing politics is essential to promoting the quality of life in our communities. By working together–and in partnership with our co-op members–to build trusted relationships with our local representatives, we can amplify our collective voice and help ensure our industry and our communities are protected in Washington. NRECA is poised to support your co-op to ensure that rural issues remain part of the national discussion—and are supported by your elected officials. Through the following education and engagement programs, you have everything you need to get involved–and engage your members–in our collective political mission.

Education


  • This one-day course helps directors connect the dots between what they as individual directors can do on behalf of their cooperative while maximizing relationships with their statewide and NRECA to make sure the co-op voice is heard on Capitol Hill and in the regulatory agencies.

  • The Cooperative Action Network App provides supporters with tools and information to successfully lobby members of Congress and educate the public about the issues surrounding rural electric cooperatives. Search "Cooperative Action Network" in your App store.

  • At the Legislative Conference, electric co-op directors, managers and employees have the opportunity to strengthen relationships with their congressional delegations and staff and to advocate on legislative issues affecting electric co-ops and their consumer members.

Engagement


  • Co-ops Vote is NRECA’s non-partisan program designed to inform co-op consumer members on the key issues facing electric co-ops and encourage them to vote.

  • Cooperative Action Network is the advocacy hub for America’s electric cooperatives, providing an avenue for America’s electric cooperatives to communicate with elected officials on issues of vital importance. Action.coop offers issue background, current action alerts and social media connections to other consumer members.

  • ACRE® is the federal political action committee (PAC) of America's electric co-ops. Backed by more than 35,000 eligible employees, directors and consumer-members across the country, ACRE supports political candidates who will speak for and protect the interests of electric co-ops and their consumer-members. Electric co-ops are encouraged to solicit eligible individuals including those serving on your boards of directors, salaried employees with policymaking or managerial responsibilities, any consumer-member of an electric co-op that belongs to NRECA, and families of eligible individuals. The ACRE team can provide strategic guidance on how to successfully launch or grow ACRE at your co-op.

  • ACRE Co-op Owners for Political Action®, is a program that encourages co-ops to reach out to their residential consumer-members and invite them to be politically engaged through ACRE. The ACRE team can provide strategic guidance on how to successfully launch or grow a Co-op Owners for Political Action program at your co-op.


More Resources

All of these and more co-op specific political advocacy resources are available on our Advocacy page. Peruse the featured resources or use the filters on the left side of the page to find the resource most relevant to you. ACRE-specific resources can be found on the ACRE page


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