The electric industry faces new challenges in today's political environment. Farmers Electric's employees and board of directors, as well as, other cooperatives work to make sure the voices of the electric cooperative members are heard as policies are developed.
We do this through groups such as the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperative's Grassroots Advocacy Program. This helps us establish relationships with influental people in local, state and federal government, as well as, the media.
We cannot use cooperative funds to contribute to the campaigns of the elected officials who best represent our interests. Instead we encourage our members to support two political action committees:
The Action Committee for Rural Electricification (ACRE) is a national organization supporting federal candidates.
Friends of Rural Electrification (FORE) supports Iowa candidates.
Candidates who receive support from ACRE and FORE know that Farmers Electric Cooperative members and employees who support them want legislators who make good policy decisions on their behalf.