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  • CEO/General Manager
  • Board of Directors
  • Employee Involvement
  • Member Engagement
  • Finish and Review

Get Started

Get Started

Next step: Add CEO/GM Items

Use this tool to build your Co-op's customized Political Action Plan. Fill out the information below, and then move through each of the tabs above to select action items for CEOs, Directors, employees and members. Use the preview button at any time to see the plan you have created. When finished, go to the “View Your Plan” button. Then copy and paste the plan into Word or email a copy of it.

Chief Executive Office / General Manager

1. Chief Executive Officer / General Manager

Next step: Add Director Items
Select all CEO/GM items Clear all CEO/GM items

expand/collapse Prepare, Plan and Review
A political action plan is a formal plan that strengthens the political voice of your co-op. It is a way for you to identify members who will lend their time, talents and voice to make sure that the co-op is politically strong.

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Employees have a critical role to play in political success for electric co-ops. Their ability to understand and know the issues affecting electric coops allow them to be informed advocates and strong PAC supporters.

expand/collapse Community Engagment
Informing and educating the public is the key to building a loyal and active membership. Civic groups, key accounts, and economic development groups all play an important role in the community.

expand/collapse Legislator Outreach
Coordinate with your state association to develop strong relationships with key elected officials as part of your political planning process. Elected officials need to hear from co-op leaders and meet their constituents in order to better represent them.

expand/collapse ACRE®
Strong support of ACRE® and state PACs is extremely important to electric co-ops' ability to elect candidates that share our point of view. Establishing annual goals will keep our collective political voice strong.

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Board of Directors

2. Board of Directors

Next step: Add Employee Items
Select all Board items Clear all Board items

expand/collapse Prepare, Plan and Review
A political action plan is a formal plan that strengthens the political voice of your co-op. It is a way for you to identify members who will lend their time, talents and voice to make sure that the co-op is politically strong.

expand/collapse Community Engagement
Informing and educating the public is the key to building a loyal and active membership. Civic groups, key accounts, and economic development groups all play an important role in the community.

expand/collapse Legislator Outreach
Coordinate with your state association and CEO to develop strong relationships with key elected officials as part of your political planning process. Elected officials need to hear from co-op leaders and meet their constituents in order to better represent them.

expand/collapse ACRE®
Strong support of ACRE® and state PACs is extremely important to electric co-ops' ability to elect candidates that share our point of view. Establishing annual goals will keep our collective political voice strong.

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Next: Employee Involvement

Employee Involvement

3. Employee Involvement

Next step: Add Membership Engagement Items
Select all Employee items Clear all Employee items

expand/collapse Advocacy
Employees have a critical role to play in the political success for electric co-ops. Their willingness to be an advocate on behalf of the co-op is an important element in political action planning.

expand/collapse ACRE®
Strong support of ACRE® and state PACs is extremely important to electric co-ops' ability to elect candidates that share our point of view. Establishing annual goals will keep our collective political voice strong.

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Employees understanding and knowledge of the issues affecting their electric coop will make them better advocates.

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Member Engagement

4. Member Engagement

Next step: Finish & Review
Select all Membership items Clear all Membership items

expand/collapse Recruitment
Asking co-op members to be an advocate for their local co-op pays dividends. The future of the electric co-ops’ political strength is dependent on an educated and active membership.

expand/collapse Education and Communication
Informing and educating co-op members is the key to building a loyal and active membership.

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Loyal, engaged, educated co-op members are willing to advocate on behalf of their co-op.

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Finish and Review

Finish and Review

See your completed action plan!

Congratulations on preparing a customized political action plan! If you are happy with your selections click on the "View Your Plan" button from there you can email this plan or convert it into a Word document. Don't forget to personalize the plan by adding your co-op logo or print it on co-op letterhead. The final plan should be presented to your CEO and Board for review and approval.

A political action plan is:

  • Customized to fit your co-op's goals
  • A working document to strengthen political involvement
  • An important part of your co-op's strategic plan
  • Reviewed and amended on a regular basis

Visit the Grassroots Toolkit Resources page for valuable information on how to implement your Political Action Plan. If you have questions along the way you can always get help from our dedicated Grassroots Advocacy staff.

             

Grassroots Political Action Plan