Thomas Jefferson was right! If we choose not to become engaged in the political process, others will write the laws that we have to abide by.
What is Rural Friends/ACRE?
Rural Friends of Electric Cooperatives is the non-partisan political action committee (PAC) that supports electric cooperatives in Texas. The national affiliate is the Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE).
Founded in 1966 by the approximately 1,000 cooperatives of the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association (NRECA), ACRE supports candidates for state and federal office - those in office now and those running for office - who will speak for and protect the interests of electric cooperatives and their member/owners.
Participation in Rural Friends/ACRE ensures that the voice of electric cooperatives remains strong at the nation's capital and with the Texas Legislature. Maintaining a strong grassroots presence in the political process is instrumental to the long-term success of electric cooperatives and the communities served in these unpredictable times.
Rural Friends and ACRE are subject to all state and federal campaign finance laws and reporting requirements.
What is a PAC?
The law allows individuals with common interests to pool their resources using 329 PACs in order to make political contributions to candidates for state and federal office. Candidates who receive a substantial contribution get an important message about the members in their local community's electric cooperative. The candidate knows that the electric cooperative member/owners and employees who support them want to elect individuals to office who will make good policy decisions on their behalf.
Who Determines How Contributions are Made?
Rural Friends/ACRE 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 electric cooperatives;
- their votes and public statements on these issues;
- the candidate's financial need and the strength of his or her opponent.
The candidate's political affiliation is never taken into account.
Do Members Really Make a Difference?
The dedication of member/owners to stand together forms the backbone of a powerful grassroots network, such as Rural Friends/ACRE, that promotes policies to secure the future of the electric cooperative, its employees, and the families they serve. This is an opportunity to make a huge difference.