ALASKA COMMITTEE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF RURAL ELECTRIFICATION (AK CARE): A TRADITION OF HELPING CANDIDATES WHO SUPPORT ELECTRIFICATION
The Alaska Committee for the Advancement of Rural Electrification (AK CARE) was organized by Alaska’s electric cooperative leaders in 1985. AK CARE contributions are for candidates who support electrification efforts that benefit Alaska’s electric consumers. AK CARE is nonpartisan and makes contributions on the basis of a candidate’s support for positions and policies endorsed by the membership of Alaska Power Association.
Any director or employee of APA’s member electric utilities may donate to AK CARE at any amount. Everyone who donates to AK CARE is eligible to serve on the PAC’s board, but only one person from each APA member electric utility may be nominated by the utility to represent the utility on the AK CARE board of directors. The members who sit on the AK CARE board provide valuable input on candidates for office from the regions where their utility provides power.
The fiscal year for AK CARE is February 2 to February 1 of the following year. Contributions are recognized and reported in the fiscal year the contribution is received. By law, all AK CARE contributions are reported to the Alaska Public Offices Commission.
AK CARE also has a partnership with the America’s Electric Cooperatives PAC, NRECA’s political action committee. The America’s Electric Cooperatives PAC was originally established in 1966 as Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE) with the mission of making the voice of rural electric cooperative consumers heard in the U.S. Congress. After 56 years, NRECA unveiled its political action committee’s new name from ACRE to America’s Electric Cooperatives PAC. For more information, visit the: America’s Electric Cooperatives PAC.
The fiscal year for the America’s Electric Cooperatives PAC is January 1 to December 31. Contributions to the America’s Electric Cooperatives PAC are reported to the Federal Election Commission. Every year, the America’s Electric Cooperatives PAC returns a percentage of contributions to states from which the donations were raised. In Alaska, approximately 46‑49% of the contributions are refunded to AK CARE.
Contributions to the NRECA America’s Electric Cooperatives PAC or to the Alaska Committee for the Advancement of Rural Electrification (AK CARE) are not tax deductible. Contributions to either PAC are voluntary and will be used for political purposes. You have the right to refuse to contribute without reprisal. Any contribution guidelines are merely suggestions. You are free to contribute more or less than the suggested amounts, or not at all. NRECA or APA will not favor or disadvantage anyone by reason of the amount contributed or a decision not to contribute
To make a secure online donation to AK CARE or to the America’s Electric Cooperatives PAC, click the link below.