The REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) gives REALTORS® a powerful voice to help develop, advance and implement legislative objectives that affect the real estate business and the ownership and operation of real estate. RPAC supports pro-REALTOR® candidates running for public office. It does not matter if the candidate is part of the Republican or Democratic Party as long as they are part of the REALTOR® Party. At NAR, the RPAC team is proactive with direct fundraising efforts and education-based programs.
President’s Circle Program
Contact: Kelly O'Donnell at 202-383-7510
The President’s Circle is an influential group of REALTORS® who contribute directly to REALTOR®-friendly candidates at the federal level in response to requests from the RPAC Trustees. The legal limit any PAC can give a Member of Congress is $10,000. The President’s Circle Program allows REALTORS® to contribute beyond RPAC dollars and capture the attention of Capitol Hill. Being an RPAC Major Investor is a prerequisite for participating in the President’s Circle Program. In addition to a greater voice for REALTORS® in the federal legislative process, President’s Circle members enjoy exclusive benefits through the Recognition Program, beyond what they already receive as an RPAC Major Investor.
Corporate Ally Program
Contact: Paula Martino at 202-383-1156
The Corporate Ally Program is designed to provide our extended real estate family with the flexibility of investing their corporate dollars to support the REALTOR® Party Issues and/or the REALTOR® Champions Independent Expenditures Candidate programs.
RPAC Major Investor Event-Based Fundraising Program
Contact: Kelly O'Donnell at 202-383-7510
NAR’s Major Investor Event-Based Fundraising Program is a hands-on initiative that provides an innovative approach to emphasizing the value of RPAC in an exclusive and customized setting. In collaboration with state and local associations and state leadership, NAR works to identify REALTORS® willing to support RPAC as Major Investors and host personalized events designed to explain the connection between legislative successes and RPAC contributions. NAR staff provides support and supplies all of the assistance necessary to produce a successful event. During these NAR-sponsored events, attendees get a special legislative briefing from NAR RPAC leadership, have the opportunity to ask questions about RPAC, and receive a comprehensive explanation of RPAC Major Investor benefits. The events are NAR-sponsored, and 70 percent of all proceeds go directly to the state or local REALTOR® association. This program has resulted in thousands of RPAC dollars raised nationwide and numerous new Major Investors.
RPAC Online Fundraising Program
Contact: Peter Kelly at 202-383-7599
An integral part of the NAR REALTOR® PAC Management Tool, the robust Online Fundraising Program works proactively in collaboration with state and local associations and brokers to promote the overall presence of RPAC efforts and increase participation nationwide. NAR provides training and technical assistance to state and local association staff, as well as strategy development and marketing outreach.
The RPAC Conference Grants help state associations increase their RPAC fundraising receipts and RPAC participation. Each state can apply for as much as $0.10 per member. States with less than 50,000 members can apply for up to $5,000. NAR will provide assistance with sample fundraising manuals, fundraising plans, conference agendas and PowerPoint presentations, as well as recommendations on professional fundraising trainers and consultants to speak at your conference. This program is limited to states with election laws that do not ban use of corporate political contributions for use in fundraising.
RPAC Fundraising Grants for State and Local Associations
Contact: Liz Best-Bradford at 202-383-7582
The RPAC Fundraising Grants help state and local associations increase their RPAC fundraising receipts and RPAC participation. Associations may apply for grants of up to $5,000 annually to be used for fundraising purposes, such as a special fundraising event (auction, Miss RPAC contest, etc.); fundraising video or DVD production and distribution; distribution of fundraising materials; or RPAC messaging for new member orientations. This program is limited to states with election laws that do not ban use of corporate political contributions for use in fundraising.
The RPAC Fundraising Webinar Series is designed to help REALTOR® volunteers, as well as state and local association staff, acquire practical RPAC training skills without leaving their office.
Contact: Jackie Zaporowski at 202-383-1029
RPAC’s Major Investor Program consists of an elite and passionate group of REALTOR® investors who partner with NAR to shape the political future of the real estate industry. Members of the Major Investor Program are eligible to participate in the RPAC Recognition Program, with specific benefits and accolades that acknowledge their support of RPAC. Some of the program benefits for Major Investors include recognition pins, invitations to private receptions at NAR meetings and conferences, access to online news reports, and online recognition on RPAC website. There are also many specific program benefits available for state and local associations who invest in the Soft Dollar Investor Program.