RPAC is just not working for me, it's just a giant wallet giving out money 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