RPAC is just not working for me, it's just a giant wallet ....

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RPAC is just not working for me, it's just a giant wallet giving out moneyRealtors Political Action Committee without quantitative results.

Worse yet, it's the right hand of the slippery brother named NAR.

Every year about this time I get incensed when I hear how much these guys dole out 'on our behalf' for things that we don't know or care about.  Please read the entire article from Chicago Agent Magazine below but I did want to highlight my thoughts & objections on what info the article included.  

Has an agent ever been asked by a board member what RPAC should spend money on?  I've never heard of it.  

Have you personally ever had the ability to voice your opinion for a donation? Bet this is going to be a shortlist.

If you were wondering, RPAC, according to itself is the largest PAC operated on behalf of a trade association in the country. Wow, that's got some power or it should. We don't have a say in much of what is going on.

We are giving money to government reps that are doing nothing for OUR MEMBERS benefit.  The politicians benefit & fill their coffers for re-election.

RPAC is always asking for money but where does the money go?
Full article from the Chicago Agent Magazine of 2/1/21

"As the political fundraising arm of the National Association of Realtors, RPAC solicits voluntary contributions from Realtors — more than $5 million during the 2018 election cycle. It uses those funds to help elect candidates across the political landscape who understand and support real estate interests — at all levels of government."

"Indeed, RPAC is something of a bipartisan unicorn in this day and age: It’s the largest but also the most bipartisan political action committee operated on behalf of a trade association in the United States, said NAR spokesperson Wesley Shaw. “About 51% of our involvement in 2020 federal races came on behalf of Democrats, while 49% was in support of Republicans,” he noted."

"The Real Deal reported that, in 2020, RPAC donated a combined $1.27 million to the 147 Republican lawmakers who refused to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. Many of those members are facing calls to resign in the wake of their baseless rejection of a democratic election, during which the Capitol was overrun by a violent mob inspired at least in part by their posturing. Major companies like Dow, Marriott, Disney, and Walmart have since suspended financial contributions to the lawmakers involved."

NAR Political Contributions List for 2018 & 2020



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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Can't and won't argue with you, Lyn. I've never once given a penny to RPAC and doubt that I ever will.

Feb 05, 2021 10:26 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Lyn - the term "follow the money" comes to mind while reading your post.  

Feb 05, 2021 10:37 AM #2
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Literally in the last 25 years the ONLY issue they spent money on that I agreed with was the push to leave 2nd home mortgage interest tax deductible.  

Feb 05, 2021 12:19 PM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I can't imagine donating to something like that.  We keep it pretty much local with our donations.  There are plenty of people around us who need help.  A

Feb 05, 2021 02:13 PM #4
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lyn, I have gone down this rabbit hole, and donated, and never once has anyone ever asked how I want the money spent.

Feb 05, 2021 02:15 PM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Lyn- Hopefully people are more aware that so many of these large entities exist for their own benefit. 

Feb 05, 2021 06:01 PM #6
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am with you there and I have always donated along with my membership renewal even though I didn't believe in it.  It felt like we were obligated to do so, but this year I did not donate along with my renewal.

Feb 06, 2021 04:50 AM #7
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Lyn. Once upon a time many years ago I became a life member of RPAC. Got an award. Some years later, I regret the decision. Enjoy your day!

Feb 06, 2021 06:26 AM #8
Jim Smith
The Property Management Company - Round Rock, TX

We get what we give.  If we want to create change, then we need to be willing to get off our keisters, get involved, and make a difference.  Complaining does nothing but foster anger and discourse.  I challenge all of us to do more than merely writing a check.  Get involved,  Understand the issues. Speak up so that your voice is heard.  Be diligent and become a decision maker, not merely a complaining member.  I am known for publicly and loudly speaking both for or against many policies and choices that NAR makes.  Sometimes I may sway the vote, sometimes not.  Point being, I get involved.  After all, if we don't have a seat at the table; then we become part of the menu.....

Feb 06, 2021 09:25 AM #9
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is planning a $45 million facelift to its Chicago headquarters, the trade group confirmed to Inman Wednesday. A dues increase NAR's board of directors passed in May on the trade group's 1.3 million members will partially fund the renovation.Jul 11, 2018

Feb 07, 2021 07:40 AM #10
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Interesting article, thanks for sharing. I give to RPAC, and am involved in the local money distribution. I feel we do a good job with the funds we distribute 

Feb 22, 2021 07:00 AM #11
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