RPAC provides direct contributions and grassroots support reaching out to REALTORS® in “Opportunity Races” to help elect REALTORS® and REALTOR® champions to public office.
Candidates who receive RPAC funding are vetted by REALTORS® for their support of the real estate business, homeownership and the rights of private property owners. RPAC is the only political group in the country organized for REALTORS® and run by REALTORS®.
The Illinois RPAC Trustees (made up of IAR members) determine RPAC candidate support at the state and local level; the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) RPAC Federal Disbursement Trustees determine RPAC support at the federal level.
RPAC is funded by voluntary contributions from REALTORS®, members of the association, association staff and their family members over the age of 18. It is not funded by member dues.
RPAC was established in 1969 by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). The Illinois RPAC was created in 1970 and originally was called the “Real Estate Political Education Committee” of Illinois or RPEC of Illinois. Today, thirty percent (30%) of “hard dollar” investments made to Illinois RPAC are sent to NAR RPAC to fund federal campaigns.
RPAC is regulated by state and federal election laws with state and federal contribution limits.
REALTORS® and their clients confront a variety of challenges. Property tax burdens, lack of available financing, and difficulties in short sales transactions are only a few of the issues. RPAC allows REALTORS® to make sure their concerns about these issues are heard and understood by public officials.
If we choose not to participate in the political process through RPAC, then the real estate business becomes an easy target for unnecessary laws, regulations, property 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.
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