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The REALTORS Political Action Committee is working for you. 

The REALTORS Political Action Committee (RPAC) works for REALTORS in city hall, Albany and Washington, D.C. Your contributions to RPAC support federal, state and local lawmakers who share the REALTOR commitment to promote homeownership and private property rights.

RPAC is administered by an autonomous group of REALTOR trustees representing all regions of New York. Decisions on contributions to candidates are based on an individual's voting record, not party affiliations. It is a candidate's demonstration of support for REALTOR issues that leads to an RPAC contribution. To view the 2017 RPAC Trustee Roster, click here

Click here for NAR's tax reform flyer.

2017 Local Board RPAC Event Calendar

Ithaca 80’s Night!
October 26
Ithaca REALTORS will flash back to the 1980s to support RPAC with a dance party and silent auction! For more information, contact Norma at the board office: 607-257-1001. 

Hudson Gateway Comedy Night at Levity Live!
Thursday, October 26
Enjoy an evening of laughter, drinks, food and networking in support of RPAC.
For more information, contact Phil Weiden at Philip.Weiden@HGAR.com   


Click here to take a look at what RPAC accomplished in 2016 at the Federal level.
Click here to take a look at what RPAC accomplished in 2016 at the state level. 

Attention commercial real estate practitioners: Take a look at what RPAC helped accomplish in 2016!

2017 RPAC Goals
RPAC of New York’s 2017 goals have been set!
Due to a recent formula change implemented by NAR, the 2017 RPAC of New York fundraising goal has increased significantly to $1,078,550. This reflects an increase of nearly $300,000 over our 2016 fundraising goal. In terms of participation, NAR has set the RPAC of New York participation goal at 33 percent of our membership or 17,418.  Other RPAC of New York related goals include:
Major Investor: 184
President’s Circle: 18.

To view a complete breakdown of 2017 RPAC of New York fundraising and participation goals by board, click here.

October RPAC auction item - Coach leather tablet case in blue 
Finished by hand in lightweight, durable leather. This slim, sophisticated case protects a standard size tablet within a securely zipped design. An exterior pocket provides quick access to extra items too! Size: 11 ½ x 9. 

Coach tablet case

Current high bid: $325 
Bidding Increments: $25
Email bids to dking@nysar.com, call Derick King at 518-463-0300 x238 or join the RPAC of New York  Facebook group to submit a bid. Bidding remains open until COB, Friday, October 27.

Monthly Fundraising Update
2017 RPAC fundraising and participation status 
As of September 30, RPAC of New York has raised $789,623 reflecting 73 percent toward our 2017 fundraising goal of $1,078,550. In terms of participation, 13,236 members have invested in RPAC, representing 76 percent toward our 2017 Participation Goal of 17,418. These figures represent 25 percent of NYSAR’s total membership as invested in RPAC to date. 

RPAC of New York’s first-ever Karaoke Night raised a record $50,500 for RPAC! 
Thank you to our amazing MC/auctioneer Matthew Arnold, RPAC Chair Nancy Quigg, Vice Chair Jennifer Vucetic, and all those who donated their talents on stage during RPAC of New York’s first Karaoke Night held during the NYSAR Fall Business Meetings at Turning Stone. Thank you to the 220 attendees who generously opened their wallets to purchase auction items, and to all those who graciously donated items to our auction. This was a collaborative effort that paid record dividends to RPAC.

New York REALTORS inducted into NYSAR RPAC Hall of Fame
Congratulations to the following NYSAR members on their induction into the RPAC of New York Hall of Fame in recognition of  their generous $15,000 total lifetime investments in RPAC:
Mary Begley, Long Island
Dorothy Botsoe, Hudson Gateway
Walter Christensen, Jefferson Lewis
John Gerace, Greater Rochester
Linda Lugo, Long Island
Moses Seuram, Long Island
Donald Scanlon, Long Island
George Wonica Jr., Brooklyn
Russ Woolley, Hudson Gateway 

Attention NYSAR YPN: NAR is once again offering the RPAC 10 for 10 program!

The program offers members the opportunity to invest $10,000 over 10 years into RPAC. New York only has a handful enrolled in this program - we can do better here in the Empire State! 
Click here for complete details on the YPN RPAC 10 for 10 program. 

2017 Legislative Priorities
NYSAR will be advocating for a first-time homebuyer savings account, transparency in cooperative housing, and mandate relief, among others. See the complete 2017 NYSAR legislative agenda by clicking here
 

NAR’s public policy agenda continues to focus on homeownership and real estate tax policies, lending policies and commercial investments. To view NAR’s 2017 agenda, click here

Looking for ideas for your next local board RPAC fundraising event? Take a look at the RPAC events held across New York in 2016 for some inspiration.

 

RPACpinRPAC of New York’s brand new “Empire Pin” is now available for a $25 investment in RPAC
Show your support of RPAC of New York through the brand new, limited edition Empire Pin. The pin is one inch wide with a powerful magnetic backing and features New York State in REALTOR blue with a brushed silver trim. Download and complete your order form today, or contact NYSAR’s Political Affairs Coordinator Derick King at dking@nysar.com or 518-463-0300 x238. 
 

RPAC of New York Promotional Materials 
RPAC flyers!
RPAC has available a flyer specific to commercial real estate practitioners and a comprehensive "RPAC Your Best Investment" flyer detailing actual savings to REALTORS as a direct result of RPAC working hard to protect their interests before lawmakers.
To download the RPAC commercial brochure, click here.
To download the "RPAC Your Best Investment" brochure, click here

 
NYSAR also has the following promotional flyers available:

Flyer 1: Broker Flyer – NEW in 2017 
A broker-specific piece offering a few pointers on how brokers may bring RPAC into the conversation among their agents. Click here for the flyer. 

Flyer 2: How has RPAC protected your business? – New in 2017 
Shows how RPAC has worked to protect your business and to defend the dream of Homeownership. Click here for the flyer. 
 
Flyer 3: Giving Homeowners a Voice
Shows how RPAC has helped give REALTORS and homeowners a voice in the Empire State! Click here for the flyer.
 
Flyer 4: The return on your RPAC investments 
The return on your RPAC investments means real savings for REALTORS and consumers. Take a look at some of the things your RPAC dollars have accomplished for you and your industry by clicking here.

*If you plan to print these documents, please be sure to print double sided.

RPAC Magnetic Bumper Magnets available for a $25 investment in RPAC – New in 2017 
Download and complete your order form today, or contact NYSAR’s Political Affairs Coordinator Derick King at dking@nysar.com or 518-463-0300 x238 
 
Option 1: I fight for my clients’ rights! 
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Option 2: Fighting for the rights of property owners! 
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RPAC Major Donor Recognition

On behalf of New York's 55,000 REALTORS, RPAC of New York thanks the members listed here for being major donors in 2017. 

RPAC Major Donor Benefits

Thanking REALTORS for their support of RPAC is one of our most important functions.

NYSAR and NAR recognize RPAC donors through a host of vehicles including pins, post cards, thank you letters and token gifts. NYSAR also recognizes the achievements of local boards who reach their fundraising and participation goals. NYSAR presents local boards that make their fundraising and/or member participation goal(s) with congratulatory plaques during the Mid-Winter Business Meetings. For more information on RPAC donor recognition or benefits, click here.

RPAC of NY offering Major Investor Installment Plans 

Once again, NYSAR will be offering the RPAC of NY Major Investor Installment Plan. The plan gives members the option to spread their RPAC investments over a course of months to achieve Major Investor status ($1,000+) by the end of the fundraising year in December. How the program works: members pledge to become an RPAC Major Investor, provide NYSAR with their credit card information, select five months to spread out their payments and NYSAR will charge their card over five monthly installments. Click here to enroll in the RPAC Major Investor Installment Plan today.

RPAC of New York’s “Pay As You Go – Major Investor Pledge” Program
In addition to the installment plan, RPAC of NY is thrilled to announce the “Pay As You Go Major Investor Pledge” program. This new program allows Major Investors to pledge their RPAC support at the Major Investor level and to pay incrementally throughout the year. This may be accomplished by attending state and/or local RPAC events or by investing in RPAC whenever financially convenient during the year. This program gives Major Investors the flexibility to pay as they go and will also assist staff in maintaining an accurate list of Major Investors across the state, to ensure all are on track to fulfilling their pledges by the close of the fundraising year.To pledge your Major Investment through the Pay As You Go Major Investor Pledge, click here.

NAR’s President’s Circle Program
NAR’s President’s Circle program was developed in 2003 to mobilize REALTOR members to invest directly in REALTOR Champions who take the lead on our issues in Congress. You must be an RPAC Major Investor to join the President’s Circle. President’s Circle members give a total of $2,000 in direct contributions to NAR selected candidates/committees. These contributions are broken down into four $500 increments spread out from January – September 30, 2016. Federal Political Coordinators, or FPCs, may give one of the $500 increments directly to the Member of Congress in which they serve as FPC. The President’s Circle is well known on Capitol Hill; members of Congress inquire how they can receive President’s Circle support! To view complete details on the President’s Circle program or to join the program, click here


The Official RPAC Flask is still available!
To purchase your RPAC Flask today for a $50 RPAC investment, please complete the order form and return to NYSAR’s Political Affairs Coordinator Derick King via fax at 518-462-5474 or at dking@nysar.com.
 




 

Click here to view RPAC fundraising and participation totals organized by region. 

Click here to view board by board Local Revenue Sharing (LRS) figures.


Begin investing in RPAC today!

REALTORS can take an active role in RPAC today by making an investment in RPAC. Contributions can be made several ways, including:

1. Click here to invest directly.
2. Complete and return the investment form. It can be returned to NYSAR or your local board/association.
3. Contribute directly through your local board.
4. Call NYSAR Political Affairs Coordinator Derick King directly at 518-463-0300 x238.

"When times are tough, every RPAC dollar counts a little bit more."
-Michael Smith, 2015 NYSAR President

Choose your investment level

 Platinum "R"  $10,000+
 Golden "R"  $5,000-$9,999 
 Crystal "R"  $2,500-$4,999
 Sterling "R"  $1,000-$2,499
 President's Club  $500-$999
 Capital Club  $250-$499
 99 Club  $99-$249

 

RPAC works tirelessly to protect your interests

Actions by local, state and federal lawmakers and regulators can greatly affect your ability to be a successful REALTOR. RPAC works tirelessly to protect the real estate industry and provides you with a platform to be involved and influential in these legislative and regulatory issues. Your participation in RPAC creates a powerful force to educate lawmakers about the issues that matter most to you and your livelihood.

"RPAC's biggest value is really having a voice with the people who make laws and decisions."
-CJ DelVecchio, 2017 NYSAR President-Elect

What does RPAC do?

RPAC works to elect lawmakers who support REALTOR business interests. While you were working with clients and customers, RPAC played an important role in electing lawmakers that successfully shaped legislation important to REALTORS such as:

  • Extending the first-time homebuyer tax credit.
  • Extending the National Flood Insurance Program.
  • Blocking legislation that would have prevented New York State REALTORS from conducting business outside their home county.
  • Streamlining your ability to show property through the passage of advanced consent to dual agency.
  • Defeating proposals that would have increased closing costs in New York State.
The REALTORS Political Action Committee promotes good policies and opposes detrimental proposals to ensure your business success. But, we need your help to keep RPAC working!

"If we don't support RPAC, who is going to protect REALTOR interests?"
-Miguel Berger, Greater Capital Association of REALTORS

Why should I invest in RPAC?

There's no other organization that represents your interests and your livelihood as a REALTOR. Now more than ever, REALTORS must keep RPAC working to protect you interests. REALTORS must stand up for their business interests. Nobody else will do it for you!

RPAC Resources

RPAC Power Point: Take a look at the RPAC Fast Facts Power Point to learn why every REALTOR should invest in RPAC!
RPAC of New York Local Board Manual 
RPAC Local Board Event Fundraising Request Form 
RPAC Works For Me Educational Video 
RPAC Dues Billing Basics 
RPAC Pledge Form 
RPAC FAQ's 
RPAC Top Ten Legal Questions about Fundraising 
RPAC of New York Staff Contacts 
REALTOR Action Center

"RPAC Works For Me" Testimonials

"I gave my first RPAC contribution so we could protect the industry and the public at large."
-Nicholas Gigante, 2011 NYSAR President, Long Island Board of REALTORS

"For me, RPAC represents REALTORS protection against catastrophe!"
-Audrey Livingstone, 2011 RPAC Trustee Chair, Long Island Board of REALTORS

"RPAC allows REALTORS to promote private property rights to our local, state and federal elected officials."
-George S. Wonica, Brooklyn Board of REALTORS

"RPAC's got my back all the time in this business!"
-Harding Mason, Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS

"RPAC enables us to have a say in how our business is conducted."
-JP Endres Fein, 2014 NYSAR REALTOR President, Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS

For the latest information on RPAC and the REATLOR legislative program:
Contact: NYSAR Director of Government Affairs Mike Kelly at mkelly@nysar.com or 518-463-0300 x216
NYSAR Political Affairs Coordinator Derick King at dking@nysar.com or 518-463-0300 x238
NYSAR Government Affairs Assistant Leanne Little at llittle@nysar.com or 518-463-0300 x217



Contributions are not deductible for income tax purposes. Contributions to RPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes. You may contribute more or less than the suggested amount. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal and the National Association of REALTORS, the New York State Association of REALTORS or any of its local boards or associations will not favor or disfavor any member because of the amount contributed. 70% of each contribution is used by your state PAC to support state and local political candidates. Until your NYSAR PAC reaches its PAC goal, 30% is sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 2 U.S.C. 441a; after NYSAR PAC reaches its RPAC goal, it may elect to retain your entire contribution for use in supporting state and local candidates.  



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