ACRE is the Political Action Committee set up to support the campaigns of political candidates, on the state and federal levels, who support electric cooperatives. In today’s political climate, especially at a time when coal-fired power generation routinely comes under attack through proposed legislation, we feel it is important to support political candidates who understand that our energy must remain safe, reliable and affordable.
At Claiborne Electric, we believe in this effort so much that 100% of our Co-op’s Staff members and Directors donate $100 per year to ACRE. Our General Manager & CEO, Mark Brown, personally donates an additional $500 per year as a member of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Board of Directors.
Members of electric cooperatives now have the opportunity to join ACRE by completing a simple form and allowing the Co-op to add one dollar to their monthly bill. This opportunity is only available to residential Co-op members. This money is pooled, and about half is used to support election campaigns on the federal level, and about half is used to support candidates on the state level. ACRE is a bipartisan PAC – a candidate’s political affiliation is not taken into consideration in ACRE’s procedures for making election contributions. Election donations are made solely based on the candidate’s support of electric cooperatives. All ACRE contributions go to election campaigns, with the exception of federal taxes that must be paid on the contributions (less than 1%).
Many of you have returned the authorization form, joining ACRE and allowing us to add one dollar to your bill. I cannot explain how grateful I am to those members! If you would like to support the Co-op by joining ACRE, simply fill out the information panel here and drop it by your local office, or mail it with your next bill to P.O. Box 719, Homer, LA 71040. We appreciate your time and ask that you please consider joining us by joining ACRE.