REALTORS® Professional Advocacy Committee

About RPAC

 

Professional: of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession

Profession: a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation

Advocacythe act or process of supporting a cause or proposalthe act or process of advocating something

Committee: a body of persons delegated to consider, investigate, take action on, or report on some matter

 

What is RPAC?

RPAC is a voluntary professional advocacy committee that identifies and invests in candidates for office who support the public policy goals of the REALTORS®.  RPAC is run by volunteer REALTOR leaders from across the nation, the Commonwealth and here in Prince William County.

 

What is RPAC’s mission

RPAC has one mission, investing in candidates for elected office who advance public policies to promote and protect strong communities, private property interests and a vibrant business environment.

 

How does RPAC work?

There are two separate, but equally important components in the operation of RPAC. One is the voluntary financial investments from REALTORS and affiliates. Second is the assignment of these resources to support candidates.

 

How does PWAR raise RPAC Resources?

Many of the resources for RPAC come from voluntary investments during the PWAR dues billing process. Typically, this process provides only a fraction of the resources necessary to meet the goals set by the National and State Associations. Supplemental resources are solicited throughout the year to ensure PWAR meets our financial goals.

 

How does RPAC choose candidates?

RPAC resources are distributed by REALTOR volunteers who are politically active and understand the need to promote and protect the REALTOR public policy agenda. These leaders are part of the association committee system and work in concert with their colleagues on the public policy committees. RPAC evaluates candidates for election and reelection based on the level of support of the REALTORS public policy objectives on the local, state, and federal level.  RPAC evaluation criteria does not include party affiliation or candidate positions on issues outside the real estate business.

 

What do RPAC endorsed candidates support?

  • Promoting and protecting Virginia’s quality of life.
  • Protecting property values and promoting property rights.
  • Promoting policies that help REALTORS protect, sustain, and expand their businesses.

 

Why does PWAR needs a strong RPAC?

Advocacy is who we are.  Only REALTORS promote and protect the rights of qualified consumers who want to buy and sell real property. By supporting candidates who share our REALTOR values, who embrace American prosperity based on the American Dream of homeownership, you are investing in your career as a real estate professional.

 

How can you invest in the future of your profession? 

Invest in RPAC. RPAC investments can be made through the Virginia REALTORS Website

 

Contributions to Virginia REALTORS RPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes; they are not deductible for federal or state income tax purposes. Members may contribute more or less than the suggested amount and may refuse to contribute without reprisal. The National Association of REALTORS or any of its state associations or local boards will not favor or disfavor any member because of the amount contributed. NAR has established state Federal RPAC Disbursement Allocations based on anticipated National RPAC needs. Thirty percent of all Major Investor contributions are sent to NAR to be applied to the Federal RPAC Disbursement Allocation and are charged against the limits under 52 U.S.C. 30116 with the remaining seventy percent maintained for state and local usage. Decisions regarding Virginia REALTORS RPAC contributions to meet the Federal RPAC Disbursement Allocation will be made throughout the fundraising year. The contributor certifies that they are at least 18 years old and are making this contribution with their own personal funds- not those of another person or entity, nor are they a foreign national or federal contractor.