RPAC stands for the "REALTORS Political Action Committee." A "PAC" is a legal means by which interested individuals with common goals, like a trade association, ban together for the purposes of political action.
As a real estate professional, RPAC is your PAC. It is the real estate industry's vehicle for political success. REALTORS volunteers raise voluntary contributions from other members across the state. These funds are then pooled together and contributed on a nonpartisan basis to candidates for public office who support housing and real estate interests.
65 cents of every dollar raised stays in Wisconsin for state and local elections, with the remaining 35 cents being transferred to the National Association of REALTORS PAC for contributions to federal candidates.
1. All fundraising efforts and contributions to candidates are administered by a board of RPAC Trustees representing each local board and all areas of the state. Decisions are made by the Trustees and submitted to the WRA Board of Directors.
2. Funds are disbursed on a nonpartisan basis to Democrats and Republicans alike, based on issues and promotion of the REALTORS' legislative agenda.
3. RPAC is one of the largest trade association PAC's in the world and the second largest PAC in Wisconsin. In the 1990 elections, RPAC has a 95% success rate in state legislative elections.
RPAC is a very important business partner to REALTORS because it means legislative success. Up to 4,000 bills are introduced each session in the state legislature. Elections decide who will be voting on these 4,000 bills. RPAC helps elect the people who write the laws you and your business must live with. 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! But it does give us access. Candidates and public officials are honorable people whose votes are not for sale. But by helping elect public policy decision-makers, RPAC assures REALTORS the opportunity to present our views and be heard. RPAC fully complies with all state and federal election laws.
RPAC lobbies. During election campaigns, RPAC activities draw attention to REALTOR issues and provides a knowledge base for future lobbying on real estate issues. This is critical to your business. Just consider a few of these recent legislative issues of importance to our industry:
These are just a few of the hundreds of bills lobbied by the WRA each session. The association will continue to work on property tax reform, mandatory seller property condition reports, other environmental issues, homelessness, taxes, and controls on this session of the legislature!
The Wisconsin REALTORS Association can't compete legislatively without a strong RPAC, and RPAC won't be strong without your contribution. Giving to RPAC benefits you, your industry, your state, and your country. Give to RPAC today--because your commitment really does count.
WRA Members can easily contribute to RPAC anywhere with a click of a button. Click here to access your WRA Online account and select "Contribute to RPAC". A WRA Login ID and Password is required.
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