Since 1969, the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) has promoted the election of pro-REALTOR® candidates across the United States. The purpose of RPAC is clear: REALTORS® raise and spend money to elect candidates who understand and support their interests.
The money to accomplish this comes from voluntary contributions made by REALTORS®. These are not members’ dues; this is money given freely by REALTORS® in recognition of how important campaign fundraising is to the political process.
RPAC doesn’t buy votes.
RPAC enables REALTORS® to support candidates that support the issues that are important to their profession and livelihood. It does not matter if the candidate is part of the Republican or Democratic Party as long as they are part of the REALTOR® Party.
RPAC provides you with the opportunity to have a collective impact on elections, legislation and issues that affect your livelihood and the way real estate professionals do business.
Through research and monitoring, RPAC keeps you informed, involved, and influential in the legislative decisions that are important to you and your business.
Elect Pro- Real Estate Legislators
RPAC enables REALTORS to support candidates that support the issues that are important to their profession and livelihood.
Members and Government affairs representatives advocate and defend critical commercial and residential issues in Washington DC, and state and local legislatures throughout the US.
RPAC represents over 1,000,000 politically active REALTORS® nationally and more than 14,000 in Ohio. Up to 1,000 bills are introduced each session in the state legislature. Elections decide who will be voting on these bills. RPAC provides you with the opportunity to have a collective impact on the election of officials who will pass legislation that affects your livelihoods and the way real estate professionals do business. Through extensive research and ongoing monitoring, RPAC keeps you informed, involved, and influential in the legislative decisions that are important to you and your business.
No. RPAC fully complies with all state and federal election laws.
30 % of your contribution is forwarded to the National RPAC; 70% remains in your state and is used for local and state elections.
No. Contributions used for political purposes are not tax deductible on your federal income taxes.
According to federal election law, RPAC can solicit only individual members- i.e. non-corporate members or NAR and their families. The term “members” means all individuals who currently satisfy the requirements of membership in any one of the local, states and/or the National Association and regularly pay dues.
Executive, administrative and management personnel of the local, state and/or national associations are also considered under the NAR constitution to be members of the association and are solicitable even though they may not pay association dues.
The National trustee’s policy is to act only on the requests sent from state association and signed off on by state trustees. Once the national trustees receive these requests, they have four options, Amend, Approve, Deny or Defer. The state trustees use the same policy.
No. The National RPAC Trustees’ policy is to only contribute to one candidate in any given election.
RPAC is neither a Republican nor a Democratic organization. Your contribution to RPAC is a vote for pro- REALTOR® candidates, regardless of political party.
The responsibility for making contributions to federal candidates is assigned to the National RPAC. State and local associations decide which state and local candidates to support.
The National RPAC Trustees. The Trustees establish and implement RPAC policy in accordance with the RPAC bylaws and NAR policy as established by the NAR Board of Directors. The Trustees consist of REALTOR® volunteers from around the nation who are appointed by NAR leadership.
RPAC believes that the people who raise RPAC dollars should have the greatest say in how those dollars are allocated. All candidate contribution decisions begin on the local level with REALTORS® interviewing candidates and making their contributions based upon that information.
It is REALTORS®, not lobbyists, have the most say in how RPAC’s money is spent.
The main objective of the RPAC trustees is to help elect candidates who support REALTOR® issues. The decisions made by the RPAC Trustees rest on a candidate’s position on key real estate issues, the REALTOR® relationship with a candidate in the home district, committee assignments and leadership position.