Do I Really Make a Difference? Yes!
Maintaining a strong grassroots presence in the political process is instrumental to the long-term success of the electric cooperative program and the communities they serve.
The cooperative model relies heavily upon members who take an active role in their cooperative's success. The personal dedication of consumer-owners to stand together forms the backbone of a powerful grassroots network that promotes policies to secure the future of your electric cooperative and the families they serve.
To that end, there are two organizations that assist our consumer-owners in becoming involved at the local level:
Voices for Cooperative Power (VCP) - a national network of electric co-op members working together to influence elected officials who are making energy policy decisions that impact our co-ops and, by extension, our way of life.
The Action Committee for Rural Electrification® (ACRE) – the national political action committee* that is open to all Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative consumer-owners. Founded in 1966 by the approximately 1,000 cooperatives of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), ACRE supports candidates for state and federal office – those in office now and running for office – who will speak for and protect the interests of electric cooperatives and their consumer-owners. The ACRE PAC is more than 33,000 members strong and growing.
For more information on these programs, please contact our offices.
*Contributions to ACRE / ACRE Co-op Owners for Political Action are strictly voluntary. Contributions to federal and state Political Action Committees are not deductible for tax purposes. Consumer-owners have the right to refuse to contribute without reprisal. The contribution guidelines are suggestions only. You may contribute more or less than the recommended amount. Contributions may be stopped at any time upon notification to the cooperative.