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Grassroots

Beltrami Electric Cooperative and other electric cooperatives throughout the U.S. are continually working with local, state and U.S. representatives and senators to ensure affordable energy costs for the future.
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Beltrami Electric does not choose particular political parties, but instead works to educate all legislators on the possible effects particular bills can have on their constituents.

Keeping electric rates affordable and ensuring reliable electricity are big concerns of the membership and are why Beltrami Electric gets involved with the political process. Your cooperative works on behalf of the membership to ensure legislation includes affodability.

Keep up-to-date with our legislative and grassroots efforts on both the state and federal levels. We continue to work hard for our members and issues that affect the cooperative. "Grassroots" has an electric co-op definition, one that reflects its importance in the industry.  "Grassroots" refers to electric cooperative activists - directors, managers, employees and member-owners - who take an active role in the political process to protect their co-op from harmful legislation and regulation, as well as to promote the value of co-op ownership to their legislators.

 

Co-op Owners for Political Action

Co-op Owners for Political Action LogoAs a member-owner of Beltrami Electric Cooperative, you are among 42 million Americans who can claim ownership in a not-for-profit member-controlled utility that provides electricity at cost. The ACRE Co-op Owners for Political Action® program is an exiting opportunity for you to raise your voice and participate in the political process.

The Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE®) is the political action committee of the nation’s electric cooperatives. For over 40 years, ACRE has been working to support candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives who understand and support electric cooperatives and their member-owners. Through ACRE Co-op Owners for Political Action, you as a member-owner have the ability to strengthen this support and join over 30,000 ACRE members who form a strong grassroots network dedicated to the long-term success of the electric cooperative program.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.  If you want to ensure your voice is heard, simply fill out the ACRE Contribution Form.  Return the form to our office and we will include the $2.08 on your monthly electric bill for your convenience.

Members may also make a one-time donation to ACRE. See the Co-op Owners Brochure to pay by check or credit card.

 

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.

 

REPAC

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The Rural Electric Political Action Committee (REPAC) is the state level equivalent of ACRE that helps Minnesota cooperative members pool resources to support candidates who will speak for and protect the interests of electric cooperatives and their member-owners.

The funds are contributed to Minnesota State House and Senate candidates seeking public office. Contributions assist campaigns of Minnesota state legislators who protect electric co-ops’ interests and acquaint metropolitan legislators with the vitality of electric cooperatives.  Learn more:

Download your REPAC Membership Form here.

 

State of Minnesota
Who Represents You?

Do you know who represents you in the Minnesota Legislature or the United States Congress?
Visit the Minnesota Legislature to use their easy map locator.

 

 

Cooperative Action NetworkThe Cooperative Action Network is the advocacy hub and grassroots arm of the NRECA – the national service organization for more than 900 not-for-profit rural electric cooperatives that provide electricity to more than 42 million consumers across 47 states. Together, rural electric cooperatives serve 75 percent of the nation’s landmass and account for approximately 12 percent of total electricity sales in the United States.

Visit www.action.coop to learn more.

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