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Co-op Owners for Political Action

What is ACRE Co-op Owners for Political Action®?

The ACRE Co-op Owners for Political Action® program is an exciting opportunity for you to join other co-op members in raising your voice and participating in the political process. Funds raised by this grassroots network are donated to the political campaigns of candidates whose positions on issues support those of electric cooperatives.

No rate dollars are used for this program. All contributions are 100 percent voluntary.

When you join this grassroots network, you help with the long-term success of electric cooperative like Great Lakes Energy. You help support elected officials who:

  • Help Great Lakes Energy keep electric service reliable
  • Keep your electricity bill affordable to improve your quality of life
  • Assist your efforts to use electricity more efficiently
  • Make renewable energy affordable
  • Help us rebuild after a storm
  • Protect our economy and jobs when making energy laws

Members who join will also receive legislative alerts and other information or exclusive political event invitations.

ACRE is the political action committee (PAC) for the electric cooperatives. We pool personal contributions from cooperative directors, employees and consumer-owners from across the nation to make contributions to political campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Over 90 cooperatives, including Great Lakes Energy, in 25 states are currently reaching out to their consumer-owners through this program and close to 9,000 consumers are contributing their personal dollars to help ensure the voice of electric cooperatives stays strong in our nation’s capital.

ACRE supports political candidates who will speak for and protect the interests of electric cooperatives.

We’re a grassroots PAC with over 30,000 members but we’re not a large dollar, or deep pocket, PAC. The average contribution is just $56.

The national ACRE committee meets weekly at NRECA’s headquarters to discuss which candidates to support. They base their recommendations on their alignment to co-op values and important issues.

Once the committee selects a candidate to support, the committee then contacts the statewide cooperative association for their approval. No money is contributed to any candidate without first talking to the statewide associations.

ACRE Success Stories

RUS Electric Loans –The small federal investment in the RUS Electric Loan Program over the years, coupled with strong management of the cooperative businesses, keeps rural electric infrastructure strong and viable.  As demand for power grows, the RUS Electric Loan Program is critical to making sure that the capital for adequate electric infrastructure remains available at a reasonable cost.  Electric cooperatives and RUS continue to maintain a record of careful loan management and repayment that is second-to-none.

For Fiscal Year 2014, USDA estimated that the RUS Electric Loan Program will reduce the federal deficit by $280 million.  In the 113th Congress, a record number of ACRE-supported members of Congress rejected the restrictions recommended by the President’s budget request that would have restricted RUS lending to renewables and environmental upgrades for generation.  In effect, it would have prohibited almost all current distribution transmission loans.  GLE receives RUS loans.

FEMA – Electric cooperatives are included in the list of eligible reimbursements for FEMA funding after a national disaster. When the FEMA law was rewritten, the electric cooperatives were given priority status.

Great Lakes Energy – 100 percent of GLE’s board of directors and management team along with many other eligible employees contribute to ACRE. Other Michigan cooperative members, boards and employees also participate.

We hope that you will consider this program. Together we will continue to fight for a viable environment for electric cooperatives and the quality of life of the people and communities’ that cooperatives serve.


Request more information by contacting us at or call 888-GT-LAKES, ext. 8957.

Great Lakes Energy also encourages members to vote! Visit to learn more about the issues affecting electric cooperatives and how you can support them. 

Contributions to ACRE Co-op Owners for Political Action® are not tax deductible. All contributions to ACRE are voluntary and will be used for political purposes. Contribution guidelines are suggestions only. You may contribute more or less than the recommended amount. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. No corporate checks or contributions accepted.  Only residential and seasonal GLE members are eligible to contribute.