Colorado Advocates For Rural Electrification (CARE)
Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE)
What are CARE and ACRE?
CARE and ACRE are political action committees (PACs) that were created to support legislators and candidates who support the principles of rural electrification.
Our national PAC funds are maintained in Washington, D.C. and administered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). This money is used only for members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. NRECA does not make contributions without first checking with the Colorado Rural Electric Association (CREA). CREA can also make requests for NRECA to disburse ACRE funds. Either side has veto power over the other’s request and, occasionally, this will happen.
Our state PAC funds are maintained in Denver and administered by CREA through the CARE Committee and memberships. This money is used primarily for candidates to the Colorado General Assembly (ACRE money cannot be used for state races). Decisions to support candidates are made by the CARE Committee, which is composed of one person from each of CREA’s five districts, two employee representatives, a Women’s Task Force representative, a Tri-State representative, chair of CREA’s Legislative Committee, and CREA’s executive director.
Who is eligible to join CARE?
Members must meet at least one of these qualifications: Directors, managers, attorneys, all employees, spouses, suppliers, and consumer-owners of a rural electric system are eligible to join CARE.
Who is eligible to join ACRE?
Members must meet at least one of these qualifications: Directors, managers, salaried employees, salaried attorneys, spouses, suppliers, and consumer-owners of a rural electric system are eligible to join ACRE.
What is the length of a CARE/ACRE membership?
The CARE/ACRE membership year runs from September 1 through August 31. If you join anytime between these two dates, your membership will be eligible for renewal on September 1.
How are funds raised?
CARE and ACRE both raise money through memberships from ordinary people like you. ACRE also raises money through lunches, breakfasts, dances and entertainment at regional and national meetings. CARE raises money through special fundraising activities, such as the auction held in conjunction with CREA’s annual meeting.
Does my membership count on more than one board?
Yes. A single CARE/ACRE membership is good for more than one board – local, G&T, statewide, supply co-op, etc.