America's Electric Cooperatives PAC
America's Electric Cooperatives PAC is the federal political action committee (PAC) for the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association (NRECA) and is backed by nearly 35,000 eligible employees, directors and consumer-members across the country. It is a grassroots movement powered by thousands of contributors giving an average of $65.00 per year.
Your participation in this program ensures that the voice of cooperatives remains strong in our nation's capital and in your state legislature. Maintaining a strong presence in the political process is instrumental to the long-term success of the cooperative program and the communities they serve in these unpredictable times.
- Keep your energy bills affordable
- Help your cooperative keep you energy service reliable
- Assist your efforts to use energy more efficiently
- Make renewable energy more affordable to you
- Help rebuild your cooperative after a storm
- Protect our economy & jobs when making energy laws
The law allows individuals with common interests to pool their resources using PACs in order to make political contributions to candidates for state and federal office. Currently 35,000 like-minded supporters of the cooperative program combine their contribution through America's Electric Cooperatives PAC. Candidates who receive a substantial contribution from America's Electric Cooperatives PAC get an important message about your interest in your local community's cooperative. The candidate knows that the cooperative member-owners and employees who supported them want to elect individuals to office who will make good policy decisions on their behalf.
Contributions to the NRECA America's Electric Cooperatives PAC are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions to America's Electric Cooperatives PAC are voluntary and will be used for political purposes.
The most important benefit that you receive as a member of America's Electric Cooperative PAC is a voice in helping elect state and federal officials that will support your cooperative and your community. In addition, you will receive quarterly newsletters, which includes legislative alerts, profiles of cooperative leaders, and other timely features.
With the exception of a small federal tax payment of less than one percent, all contributions to America's Electric Cooperatives PAC go directly to the campaigns of candidates for political office. In addition, a portion of your contribution (about half) may be refunded to your state cooperative PAC to support candidates for state office.
America's Electric Cooperative PAC follows established procedures for making contributions to candidates running for political office. Factors that determine financial support include the candidate's position on issues critical to cooperatives, as well as their votes and public statements on these issues; the candidate's community assignments and leadership positions and his or her relative importance to cooperatives' and a candidate's financial need and the strength of his or her opponent. The candidate's political affiliations is never taken into account.
Our ability to service you and your community is heavily dependent on members like you who use America's Electric Cooperatives PAC to get the right people into political office. The personal dedication of member-owners to stand together forms the backbone of a powerful grassroots network that promotes policies to secure the future of your cooperative and the families they service. This is an opportunity to make a huge difference.