RPAC Monthly Report


March 9, 2018

We at NYSAR Government Affairs can’t thank you enough for your efforts to build RPAC. This interactive monthly report includes an RPAC fundraising and participation update, RPAC online silent auction, information on local RPAC events and a “Resources” section with links to RPAC fundraising ideas, RPAC FAQ’s, the Local Board RPAC Manual and much more. Please let us know if you have ideas on how we might make the report even better!

Fundraising and Participation Update

2018 RPAC fundraising and participation statusAs of February 28, RPAC of New York has raised $374,895 reflecting 34 percent toward our 2018 fundraising goal of $1.1 million. In terms of participation, 7,289 members have invested in RPAC, representing 38 percent toward our 2018 Participation Goal of 19,415. These figures represent 12 percent of NYSAR’s total membership as invested in RPAC to date.
Congratulations to the first boards to reach their 2018 RPAC Fundraising Goal:
Bronx Manhattan North Association
Clinton County Board
New York State Commercial Association
Northern Adirondack Board
Southern Adirondack REALTORS
Congratulations to the first boards to reach their 2018 RPAC Participation Goal:
Clinton County Board
Ithaca Board
Jefferson Lewis Board
New York State Commercial Association
Staten Island Board
St. Lawrence Board
Southern Adirondack REALTORS 

Click here to view RPAC fundraising and participation totals organized by region. 
Click here to view board by board Local Revenue Sharing (LRS) figures.

Other 2018 NAR RPAC Goals for New York
Major Investor Goal: 223
President’s Circle Goal: 22
Statewide Participation Goal: 35%

NOTE:  Please be aware that due to processing, some investments may not appear as being credited until the following monthly report.
As a reminder to local boards, the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) requires: 
- Investments in excess of $50 to be forwarded to NYSAR within 10 calendar days of the date of the check
- Investments of $50 or less to be forwarded to NYSAR within 30 calendar days of the date of the check.
To simplify the forwarding procedure, it is highly recommended that all RPAC investments be forwarded at least once a week to NYSAR.  

Please mark your calendars….the deadline to invest in RPAC in the 2018 fundraising year is Friday, November 30.

RPAC/Legislative News and Events

NYSAR’s Mid-Winter Business meetings re-cap:
REALTORS raise a record $31,500 at the RPAC VIP Lounge
Once again the RPAC Lounge held at the Desmond as part of NYSAR’s business meetings was a success for RPAC. The 1-day event raised more than $31,500 and featured manicures, massages, psychic readings, character artist, delicious food and beverages and more. Thank you to the 115 attendees for investing in RPAC and making this lounge a hit. Congratulations to all the silent auction winners! 

RPAC of New York Inducts Hall of Famers
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:
Katheryn DeClerck, Hudson Gateway
Carol Gallo-Turschmann, Long Island
Mike Smith, Greater Rochester
Merle Whitehead, Buffalo Niagara

Nancy Kennedy & Sari Kingsley receive the Lawrence B. Caldwell RPAC Service Award 
Nancy Kennedy of the Hudson Gateway Association and Sari Kingsley of the Staten Island Board were presented with the prestigious Lawrence B. Caldwell RPAC Service Award, the highest honor presented by the REALTORS Political Action Committee of New York, during the NYSAR Mid-Winter Business Meetings in February. NYSAR’s 55,000+ members thank Nancy & Sari for their commitment and dedication in support of RPAC.

NYSAR’s legislative and political committees meet
During NYSAR’s Mid-Winter Business Meetings held in Albany, the association’s legislative and political groups met. The RPAC Trustees directed NYSAR staff to plan a sequel RPAC Karaoke Night fundraiser to be held during NYSAR’s Fall Meetings at Turning Stone. The Legislative Steering Committee approved NYSAR’s 2018 Legislative Agenda. View the Legislative Agenda.

Local Boards hit the ground running in 2018!
Thank you to the following local boards for jumpstarting their RPAC Fundraising efforts by holding events to support RPAC 2018:
• Southern Adirondack REALTORS raised more than $20,000 during their epic annual Holiday Gala at the Great Wolf’s Lodge in Lake George and reached more than 200 percent of their fundraising goal. Thank you to LIBOR’s Matt Arnold for serving as live auctioneer and Congratulations to Angie Mead on earning the title of “REALTOR of the Year” by Southern Adirondack REALTORS.
• Clinton County raised nearly $6,000 during their Winter Snow Ball event in Plattsburgh and reached 199 percent of their fundraising goal.
• Northern Adirondack raised $9,900 during an RPAC auction held as part of a Winter Installation in Lake Placid.
• Hudson Gateway raised $1,300 during a social mixer at Dave & Busters; $1,000 during a winter mixer on the slopes of the Thunder Ridge Ski Resort & $600 by hosting our first RPAC Phone bank of 2018!

Looking to attend an RPAC event in your community?
Local boards have begun 2018 RPAC event planning with many events on the calendar for the months ahead. From March Madness, Bowling, Happy Hour gatherings, Horse Racing, River Cruises and a New York Yankees vs. New York Mets subway series game, there is something for everyone. To view the event calendar, click here.

REALTOR Lobby Day in Albany is Tuesday, March 20, 2018
NYSAR’s annual Lobby Day is Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in the Albany Empire State Plaza (Meeting Rooms 1-5). Registration begins at 8 a.m. Breakfast, lunch, lobbying orientation and lobbying materials will be provided. NYSAR will reimburse individual members up to $150 for travel and lodging expenses. Please call Jared Burns at 518-463-0300 ext. 235 or Leanne Little at ext. 217 with any questions.

Legislative Update
At the NYS Capital, Albany

Cuomo releases 30-day amendments to Executive Budget
Gov. Andrew Cuomo released amendments to his Executive Budget proposal before the 30-day deadline by which budget bills can be amended. The amendments include language that would decouple the state’s tax code with tax provisions of the Federal Tax Cut and Jobs Act, create an optional payroll tax where employees could receive a credit against their state income tax liability for the amount of payroll tax assessed on their wages, and create new charitable contribution funds for health care and education and give taxpayers an 85 percent non-refundable state income tax credit against their donation. Read more on the tax change proposals here. An outline for congestion pricing in NYC was also included in Gov. Cuomo’s amendments here.

Department of State proposes new cease and desist zone in Rockland County
The NYS Department of State published in the State Register a proposal to establish a new cease and desist zone for the Village of Chestnut Ridge in Rockland County. A public hearing was held on September 21, 2016 in Rockland County to listen to concerns of repeated solicitations by members of the public. NYSAR staff attended this hearing and submitted formal testimony in opposition to cease and desist zones, along with area REALTORS. The Department of State’s proposed rule would go in effect on July 1, 2018. Public comment on this proposed rule is open until April 16, 2018. Read the proposed rule here.

On Capital Hill, Washington D.C.
Pro-real estate provisions in federal budget deal
The federal budget deal signed by President Donald Trump on Friday, Feb. 9, contains a number of wins for real estate including a temporary extension of federal flood insurance until March 23, 2018, and the extension of NAR-backed tax provisions that include mortgage debt forgiveness, the deductibility of mortgage insurance premiums, and several energy-efficiency related provisions. Read more here.

House passes NAR-backed ADA Education and Reform Act
The U.S. House of Reps. passed HR 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act, by a vote of 225-192. NAR strongly supports this bill, and ahead of the vote issued a targeted Call for Action to commercial practitioners in support of the bill. NAR will advance its focus on companion legislation in the Senate. HR 620 is a bipartisan bill that adds a crucial "notice-and-cure" period to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), giving business owners accused of a violation the opportunity to fix it before a costly legal process begins. In recent years, a small group of attorneys have taken advantage of the ADA's lack of a notice requirement and filed lawsuits indiscriminately against commercial property owners under the ADA. For more information on this issue, see the NAR Issue Summary here, and NAR's letter of support for the bill here.

To view NYSAR’s Government Affairs weekly report archive for the month of February, click here.

RPAC Monthly Auction

Congratulations John Gerace!
Thank you to John Gerace from Greater Rochester for submitting the high bid of $375 for the Record Player offered as the February RPAC auction item. Thank you John for your ongoing support of RPAC at the Golden R ($5,000) level and as a member of the President’s Circle.  

March RPAC auction item - Apple AirPods
Cut the cord! These revolutionary wireless Apple Airpods will change your life. Automatically connects to your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad or Mac when you take them out of the charging case. Audio plays as soon as placed in the ear and pauses when removed from the ear. Quick access to Siri with double tap, more than 24 hour battery life with charging case, up to 11 hours talk time, rich, high-quality audio and voice, seamless switching between devices and so much more! 

Starting bid: $150
Bidding Increments: $25

Email bids to, call Derick King at 518-463-0300 x238 or join the RPAC of New York  Facebook group to submit a bid. Bidding closes on Friday, March 30.

RPAC Promotion & Recognition

RPAC 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 or 518-463-0300 x238.

Flyer 1: Broker Flyer 
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? 
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 or 518-463-0300 x238 
Option 1: I fight for my clients’ rights! 
Option 2: Fighting for the rights of property owners! 
Attention Major Investors

RPAC of NY offering Major Investor Installment Plan 
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.

RPAC Power Point: Take a look at the RPAC Fast Facts Power Point to learn why every REALTOR should invest in RPAC!
Please contact NYSAR’s Political Affairs Coordinator, Derick King at or 518-463-0300 x238 to order copies of these flyers!

RPAC of New York on Facebook
To gain up to date information on RPAC fundraising, local and state RPAC events and much more join the RPAC of New York  Facebook group.

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 2018. 

RPAC Resources 

NYSAR provides resources to local boards to host RPAC fundraising events 
In fact, RPAC of New York will pay 75 percent of the cost to put on the event, while the local boards’ Local Revenue Sharing (LRS) account will be charged the remaining 25 percent. Many boards host events such as auctions, talent shows, group outings at a local attraction such as a restaurant, brewery or sporting event. As a reminder, local boards must complete the RPAC Local Board Event Fundraising Request Form prior to holding the event. By law, all expenses associated with RPAC fundraising must be paid for by RPAC and never by the local boards’ corporate account. Please contact the Government Affairs department for guidance on holding local RPAC events.  

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 Top Ten Legal Questions about Fundraising 
RPAC of New York Staff Contacts 
RPAC Fundraising Ideas: 
RPAC of New York "REALTORS Got Talent" Flyer
RPAC Jail Flyer
RPAC VIP Lounge Flyer
LIBOR Day at the Races Flyer
LIBOR New York Mets Game Flyer
LIBOR New York Yankees Game Flyer
LIBOR "REALTORS Got Talent" Flyer 

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Derick King at 518-463-0300 x238 or Thank you again for all of your support of RPAC.

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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