REALTORS® Political Action Committee
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.
- 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.