Since 1969, the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) has promoted the election of pro-REALTOR® candidates across the United States. The purpose of RPAC is clear: REALTORS® raise and spend money to elect candidates who understand and support their interests. The money to accomplish this comes from voluntary contributions made by REALTORS®. These are not members’ dues; this is money given freely by REALTORS® in recognition of how important campaign fundraising is to the political process. RPAC doesn’t buy votes. RPAC enables REALTORS® to support candidates that support the issues that are important to their profession and livelihood.
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In the early 21st century, the term “drone” was used to refer to UAVs, and the use of drones by the U.S. military was primarily for surveillance and targeted missile strikes. Recently, as inexpensive and lightweight drones have become commercially available to the public, the focus on UAVs has shifted to use by hobbyists and businesses.Click here for more information.
In a campaign involving volunteer and professional phone-banking, online advertising, yard signs, direct mailings and door-to-door work, the Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of REALTORS® soundly defeated a proposed transfer tax increase that would have hit Santa Monica developers square on the chin. Owners of condos, single-family homes and apartments also would have taken a hit. With a major Issues Mobilization grant from NAR, as well as significant support from the California Association, the 7,000-member association prevented the proposed tax hike from becoming law, setting the stage to defeat similar proposals in other California cities.
As the nation was riveted by the violence that followed the Ferguson shooting last summer, relief for the riot-torn suburb of St Louis came from the local REALTOR organization. The 6,600-member St. Louis Association of REALTORS® first helped with deliveries of basic supplies to the citizens of Ferguson. Then, they sought to replace fear with information by using a $5,000 Diversity Grant from NAR to launch a widespread educational campaign, beginning a dialogue about the need for fair housing practices.
- Read more about the St. Louis Association’s fair housing campaign in wake of Ferguson unrest (266K PDF)
May 11-16, 2015. The REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo is where NAR members take an active role to advance the real estate industry, public policy and the association. Join us in Washington, DC, for special issues forums, committee meetings, legislative activities and the industry trade show. Click here to register.
Hot Topic Alert – What is a Land Bank?
Land banks have become a popular urban rede-velopment tool. The idea behind them is a simple one: a government agency or nonprofit entity is given the au-thority to acquire, manage, and dispose of surplus properties. The “surplus” may include abandoned, fore-closed, and tax-forfeited properties. Click here for more information,
Nevada REALTORS® Use Grant and Grassroots Power to Soundly Defeat Proposed Tax on Businesses
The 14,000-member Nevada Association of REALTORS® put an Issues Mobilization Grant from NAR, its own well-honed campaign skills and funds, as well as its significant grassroots power to soundly defeat a massive tax on businesses. The tax would have eliminated jobs, as well as slowed the state economy. While the campaign used direct mail, phone banks and email, the most impressive effort was in online advertising. Their Facebook ad received 11.7 million impressions and 1.2 million video plays! In the end, 78 percent of Nevada residents voted against it.
Merrymeeting Board (ME) Enhances New Library with Welcoming Outdoor “Reading Garden
When the small town of Richmond, Maine rebuilt their community library, the local 213-member Merrymeeting Board of REALTORS® stepped forward with an NAR Placemaking Micro-Grant to provide a reading garden and patio to go with it. The funds were used to create a large stone patio with a stepping-stone pathway, a sturdy bench, and shrubbery to anchor the garden. Come spring, hundreds of perennials that townspeople have donated from their own gardens will be transplanted to complete the setting.