Whether through an individual contribution or through RPAC, process your political giving through CARW – you get the credit, and so does CARW.  A win-win situation!

Direct Givers Conduit

For individual (personal) contributions to specific candidates….

How the Direct Giver Program Works

The Direct Giver Program serves as a personal donation “checking account” for individual members. The account is established and remains under your name. The REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) trustees and staff keep records and make recommendations for political contribution from your account, however, you have the final decision on any disbursements from your account. Contributions to federal, state and local candidates are distributed on a Direct Giver check. Each contributor is individually listed with an accompanying cover letter to the candidate’s campaign. A contribution check may be sent directly to a candidate for your convenience, or to you personally to deliver it to the candidate(s) you have chosen.

The advantage is both you and CARW are recognized for your contribution. It’s like getting twice the bang for your buck!

Using Your Direct Giver Campaign Account is Easy!

  1. Make your check payable to Direct Giver – NOTE, credit cards ARE also accepted.
  2. Return your contribution to the CARW office by mail, fax or email.
  3. Your contribution is deposited into your direct giver account. It is held here until disbursement instructions are received from you.
  4. Contact Tracy at CARW (414-271-2021) to indicate which candidate(s) you wish to disburse the money.
  5. A check will be written and either sent to the candidate(s) of your choice or to you for personal delivery.

CLICK HERE to open your own account or to add funds

RPAC

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. The best way to positively impact issues such as property taxes, health care and protecting the rights of property owners is through RPAC, a real estate professional’s vehicle for political action.

What Does RPAC Do?

As a real estate professional, RPAC is your PAC. It is also the real estate industry’s vehicle for political success. REALTOR® volunteers raise contributions from other members across the state. These funds are then pooled together and contributed on a nonpartisan basis to public office candidates who support housing and real estate interests.

Seventy cents of every dollar raised stays in Wisconsin for state and local elections, and the remaining money is transferred to the National Association of REALTORS®’ PAC for contributions to federal candidates.

To give to RPAC, CLICK HERE

RPAC Facts

  • All fundraising efforts and contributions to candidates are administered by a board of RPAC trustees (CARW is represented), representing each local board and all areas of the state. Decisions made by the trustees are submitted to the WRA Board of Directors.
  • Funds are disbursed on a nonpartisan basis to Democrats and Republicans alike, based on issues and support of the REALTORS® legislative agenda.
  • RPAC is one of the largest trade association PACs in the world, and in Wisconsin.

Why Should RPAC Interest You?

RPAC is a very important business partner for REALTORS®. Up to 4,000 bills are introduced each session in the state Legislature, and elections determine who will be voting on these bills. RPAC helps to elect the people who write the laws with which you and your business must live. Through extensive research and ongoing monitoring, RPAC keeps real estate professionals informed, involved and influential regarding the legislative decisions that are important to the industry.

Does RPAC Buy Votes?

RPAC does NOT buy votes. Candidates and public officials are honorable people whose votes are not for sale. However, by helping to elect public policy decision-makers, RPAC assures REALTORS® the opportunity to present their views and be heard. RPAC fully complies with all state and federal election laws.

Large Donor Council

The RPAC Large Donor Council consists of an elite and passionate group of REALTOR contributors and other Commercial Real Estate Leaders who partner with the NAR to shape the political future for the real estate industry. Members of the Large Donor Council are eligible to participate in the RPAC Recognition Program, with specific benefits and accolades that acknowledge their support of RPAC.

With a minimum annual investment of $1,000, there are three levels within the RPAC Large Donor Council: Sterling “R,” Crystal “R,” and Golden “R.” NAR affiliates and state or local associations that make a corporate contribution to RPAC are also recognized at these various contributor levels.

Benefits
Being a member of the Large Donor council you will receive numerous benefits including access to the Cook Political Report, Recognition at State Convention , Name on hall of Fame Plaque on the DC Rooftop, and a lot more. To see the complete list of benefits be sure to check it out by clicking here!

Contribution Form
To become a member it is really quick and easy. The contribution form is attached here and it shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes to fill out.

Presentation
To see a breakdown of what it means to be a member and and to better understand the Large Donor Council make sure you view the presentation.

If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Johnson at tracy@carw.com or 414.271.2021