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RPAC Monthly Report

April 10, 2015

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


2015 RPAC fundraising and participation status
 
As of March 31, RPAC of New York has raised $303,361 reflecting 39 percent toward our 2015 fundraising goal of $778,677. In terms of participation, 7,234 members have invested in RPAC, representing 47 percent toward our 2015 Participation Goal 1 of 15,393 and 23 percent towards Participation Goal 2 of 31,438. These figures represent 16 percent of NYSAR’s total membership as invested in RPAC to date. 
 
Congratulations to the first boards to reach their 2015 RPAC fundraising goal:
Bronx Manhattan North Association of REALTORS
Clinton County Board of REALTORS
New York State Commercial Association of REALTORS
Northern Adirondack Board of REALTORS
St. Lawrence County Board of REALTORS
Warren County Association of 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 2015 NAR RPAC Goals for New York
Major Investor Goal: 154
President’s Circle Goal: 15
Statewide Participation Goal: 32 percent
  

NOTE: If Local Board Executive Officers have not done so already, please share the name and contact information of your 2015 RPAC Chairs with Derick King at dking@nysar.com or 518-463-0300 x238. Thank you.


RPAC of NY fundraising map

 

Once again, NYSAR will feature the RPAC fundraising map on the RPAC page of NYSAR.com. The map highlights when a local board reaches its 2015 RPAC fundraising goal. As a board reaches goal, they will be shaded "Empire State apple red" with a note indicating goal has been reached. 

 
Let's keep RPAC the apple of New York State REALTORS' eyes by turning the entire map red by the close of the 2015 RPAC fundraising year on December 5! To view the map, click here.

NOTE:  Please be aware that due to processing, some investments may not appear as being credited until the following monthly report.

Reminder:
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 2015 fundraising year is Monday, November 30.

    Monthly RPAC News and Events

     
  • Fire sprinkler mandate Call for Action
    NYSAR launched an all-member Call for Action opposing a mandate being considered by the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council.  The proposed change in the building code would require the installation of fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes and townhomes in New York. The direct link to the CFA can be found here.

    Please take action as soon as possible and feel free to share this link. You do not need to be a REALTOR to take action. NYSAR also launched a radio ad and website in opposition to this mandate on Monday, February 2. A link to the radio ad and more information including fire sprinkler facts and poll results can be found on the NYSAR sponsored website www.stopalbanymandates.com.

    Update on the 2015-2016 New York State budget
    The Legislature successfully passed the 2015-16 state budget, marking the fifth consecutive on-time budget for the Cuomo administration. The New York State Senate passed the measure shortly before midnight on Tuesday, while the Assembly finished up their debate on the bills around 3 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1. Overall, the budget agreement totals $142 billion and contains increased school funding and an ethics reform package. Click here for budget highlights.
     
    Update from Capital Hill
    Check out the latest legislative and regulatory news from NAR’s policy staff in Washington including: 3-percent cap bill passes committee; video highlights impact of patent trolls on businesses; draft data breach bill passes subcommittee; FHA electronic appraisal delivery; SEC moves forward on crowdfunding; FAA expands UAV waiver provision.

     
    The official RPAC flask is now available
    RPAC of New York has unveiled the official RPAC flask. 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. Or call Derick King directly to order your flask over the phone at 518-463-0300 x238.

    The Spring RPAC fundraising season has kicked-off! The following local board events were held in March:
    Greater Rochester REALTORS tapped into the March Madness frenzy by hosting their annual RPAC Madness fundraising event featuring games, auctions, food, drinks and plenty of fun! All told, the event brought in 150 REALTORS and raised more than $5,300 for RPAC. Congrats!
     
    Hudson Gateway REALTORS hosted a Welcome Spring Networking RPAC event at the Beechmont in White Plains with 40 attendees. HGAR raised $1,400 for RPAC.
     
    Nancy Quigg and the Greater Syracuse Association supported RPAC through the "Cooking for RPAC" series.
     
    NYSAR partners with NJAR and PAR for RPAC
    The Region 2 states of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania partnered to host the first ever RPAC Region 2 Major Investor recruitment event in New York City. The event included keynote speaker NAR RPAC Fundraising Chair Keven Sears. The event brought in approximately 50 REALTORS from across the three states in the name of RPAC and raised more than $20,000. Thank you to those who attended and invested their time and resources into RPAC.
     
    Looking to attend an RPAC event in your community? 
    NYSAR is now posting a calendar of local board RPAC events on the RPAC page of NYSAR.com. Click here to view the events scheduled so far for the months ahead.
     



    RPAC Monthly Auction

    Congratulations Lin Fields!
    The March RPAC auction winner is Lin Fields from the Jefferson Lewis Board of REALTORS! After a very spirited bidding war, Lin ultimately submitted the high bid of $450 for the coveted Michael Cors bag. Thank you Lin for your outstanding commitment to RPAC at the Crystal R level ($2,500).


    April RPAC auction item – Pair of New York Yankees tickets
    It’s baseball season in America! Support RPAC and win a pair of tickets to see the New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, May 9, at 1:05 p.m.
    The tickets are for section 228, row 8, seats 13-14. The view from these exact seats is depicted in photo below:
     
     
     
     
     
    yankees

     
    Starting Bid: $150
    Bidding Increments: $20

    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 closes on Friday, April 30.

     

    RPAC Promotion & Recognition

    RPAC of New York Promotional Materials
    NYSAR has the following promotional flyers available:
     
    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: American Dream Flyer
    Shows how RPAC is working to preserve the American 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.

    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.
     
    New in 2015 – 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 dking@nysar.com 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 47,000 REALTORS, RPAC of New York thanks the members listed here for being major donors in 2014. 

    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 Works For Me Flyer 
    RPAC Dues Billing Basics 
    RPAC Pledge Form 
    RPAC of New York's Major Investor Installment Plan
    RPAC FAQ's 
    RPAC Top Ten Legal Questions about Fundraising 
    RPAC of New York Staff Contacts 

    RPAC Fundraising Ideas: If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Derick King at 518-463-0300 x238 or dking@nysar.com. 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.