Invest in your Business. Invest in RPAC
As REALTORS® you make many business investments. Mobile phones, cars, laptops, MLS fees, E&O insurance. They are investments you rely on in your business. Participating in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee is one of the most important investments you'll ever make in your profession.
You might hear about RPAC supporting a campaign or receive a postcard in the mail for candidates supported by our REALTOR® PAC.
4 things to know about RPAC
- RPAC doesn't buy votes. RPAC enables REALTORS® to support candidates who support the issues that are important to their profession and livelihood.
- RPAC contributions are voluntary. RPAC contirbutions are not included in members' actual dues. It is a voluntary investment.
- RPAC is bipartisan. In the 2012 Federal Election Cycle, RPAC supported 54 percent Republican candidates, 46 percent Democrat. And while many local elections are nonpartisan, we support candidates in the same bipartisan manner. Candidates who receive RPAC funding are vetted by REALTORS® and they are chosen because they support the real estate business and the rights of private property owners.
- Only 33 percent of the association's members give to RPAC. Are you among the 67 percent who don’t? Take action now and go to www.RPACNow.com
What if I don’t like a political candidate RPAC supports?
Candidates who receive RPAC funding are vetted and they are chosen because they support the real estate business, protecting homeowners and the rights of private property owners. Why was the candidate chosen? The answer is simple: RPAC always has your business interests in mind.
Why Do We have to Get Involved in Political Campaigns?
If real estate is your profession, then politics is your business. RPAC is working to protect you and your buyer/seller clients. If we choose not to participate in the political process, then your business becomes an easy target for unnecessary regulations, fees and liability. The real estate transaction itself needs protection from new taxes and fees.
Contributions to RPAC are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions are voluntary and are used for political purposes. The amounts indicated are merely guidelines and you may contribute more or less than the suggested amounts. The National Association of REALTORS® and its state and local associations will not favor or disadvantage any member because of the amount contributed or decision not to contribute. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. Up to thirty percent (30%) may be sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 2 U.S.C. 441a. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board's official website www.elections.il.gov or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois. Except as may be required by state or federal law, the Illinois REALTORS® PAC (Illinois RPAC) is not required to refund political contributions. However, a refund request made by a contributor within 30 days of the date of his or her RPAC contribution is received will be considered on a case-by-case basis.