The holiday season is here, and as we embrace this time of year and reflect on 2022, one thing is for certain—REALTORS® have a lot to celebrate! Our industry saw record-breaking numbers and welcomed many new clients into new homes and businesses, we inched one step closer to Association Healthcare Plans, we remained open for business during the largest pandemic in American history, and we have had a lot of fun along the way. That is to say that each of those things are a gift to our industry and sometimes the greatest gifts are those that aren’t tangible items. The reason for some those gifts is RPAC.
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: voluntary contributions made by REALTORS® are used to help elect candidates who understand and support their interests. The REALTORS® Political Action Committee and other political fundraising are the keys to protecting and promoting the real estate industry. Don’t take our word for it, hear from members who understand the importance of RPAC below:
“RPAC is a gift to our industry because it ensures that at all levels my fellow REALTORS®, my clients, and my neighbors are being heard and protected by candidates and lawmakers who support REALTOR® issues.”
– James Enoch, Lynchburg Association of REALTORS®
“I believe RPAC is a gift to REALTORS® because I have been fortunate to have a birds-eye view of the constant work being done by RPAC to protect our industry and private property rights. After 2020, it is a no-brainer for our Virginia REALTOR® colleagues to support RPAC. Because of our RPAC investments and efforts, we were able to continue to go to work through the pandemic and provide for our families. Many other REALTORS® in other states were not as fortunate.”
– Michelle Doherty, Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®
Interested in learning more? Visit the RPAC of Virginia webpage.
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.