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Political Action


The REALTORS® Political Action Committee is a great way for every REALTOR® to get involved in protecting the real estate profession from bad public policy and regulation that might be detrimental. RPAC is also instrumental in supporting candidates who support the real estate profession and are advocates for positive change and enhanced protections. Members are strongly urged to participate in either the RPAC or Direct Giver Programs.

RPAC contributions are split 70% to WRA for state official contributions and 30% to NAR for federal official contributions. Money contributed to RPAC goes into a "general fund" to be distributed to candidates who support REALTOR® positions on issues important to the real-estate industry. For more information on RPAC, . . .

The Direct Giver Program is unique to Wisconsin and acts as a conduit for members to direct their contributions to whichever candidate for office they choose. WRA disburses funds as directed by individual members and both the REALTORS® Association and the individuals are credited for the contribution. Direct Giver Contributions are counted towards both the RANW and WRA fundraising goals. For more information on Direct Giver, . . .

If you would like to know more about RPAC or how you can participate, please contact RANW Government Affairs Director, Jennifer Sunstrom at 920.739.9108 or e-mail

RPAC stands for the REALTOR® Political Action Committee. A PAC is a legal means by which interested individuals with common goals, like a trade association, ban together for the purposes of political action.

As a real estate professional, RPAC is your PAC. It is the real estate industries vehicle for political success. REALTOR® volunteers raise voluntary contributions from other members across the state. These funds are then pooled together and contributed on a nonpartisan basis to candidates for public office who support housing and real estate interests.

70 cents of every dollar raised stays in Wisconsin for state and local elections, with the remaining 30 cents being transferred to the National Association of REALTORS® PAC for contributions to federal candidates.

1. All fund raising efforts and contributions to candidates are administered by a board of RPAC Trustees, representing each local board and all areas of the state. Decisions made by the Trustees are submitted to the WRA Board of Directors.

2. Funds are disbursed on a nonpartisan basis to Democrats and Republicans alike, based on issues and promotion of the REALTORS® legislative agenda.

RPAC is one of the largest trade association PACs in the world, and the second largest PAC in Wisconsin. In the 2000 elections, RPAC had a 97% success rate in state legislative elections.

RPAC is a very important business partner to REALTORS® because it means legislative success. Up to 4,000 bills are introduced each session in the state legislature. Elections decide who will be voting on these 4,000 bills. RPAC helps elect the people who write the laws you and your business must live with. Through extensive research and ongoing monitoring, RPAC keeps you informed, involved, and influential in the legislative decisions that are important to you and your business.

RPAC lobbies. During election campaigns, RPAC activities draw attention to REALTOR® issues and provide a knowledge base for future lobbying on real estate issues. This is critical to your business. Just consider a few of these recent legislative issues of importance to our industry:

Defeated attempts to eliminate mortgage interest deductions
Defeated attempts to raise the transfer tax
Defeated attempts to apply sales tax to real estate commissions
Defeated attempts to apply sales tax to commercial leases
Defeated mandates to restrict condominium developments
Defeated attempts to expand municipal taxing authority
Defeated attempts to create "closing agent" regulations
Passed appraiser regulations to comply with federal mandates
Passed numerous limits on REALTOR® liability for disclosures
Passed cost controls on county government and school districts
Passed regulation of home inspectors
Passed commercial broker lien

These are just a few of the hundreds of bills lobbied by the WRA each session. WRA and RANW will continue to work on wetlands and other environmental issues, taxes, local land use proposals and other issues that impact the real estate industry.

Direct Giver
The Direct Giver Program is another way REALTORS® can participate in political elections.

Direct Giver works much like RPAC in that individual REALTORS® contibute funds for political purposes on a personal check. However, that's where the simularity ends.

The Direct Giver Program requires a minimum $100 investment with a personal check to open an account and allows individual REALTORS® to control and direct their investment as they so shoose. This means that you can direct funds in your account to the candidate of your choice whether that candidate is in Northeast Wisconsin or anywhere in the state.

No other state or local Association has a Direct Giver Program. Direct Giver Investments count toward RANW's yearly fundrtaiing goal and stay in your persoinall account until you direct the funds to candidates of your choosing.

For those politically active members of our Association, Direct Giver is the best opportunity to give for yourself and for your Association.

For questions regarding RPAC or the Direct Giver, please contact Jennifer Sunstrom, Government Affairs Director at 920.739.9108 or e-mail

To contribute to RPAC, send a personal check (made out to "RPAC") to:

RANW: Attention Jennifer
W6124 Aerotech Drive
Appleton, WI 54914

To contribute to Direct Giver, send a personal check (minimum $100, made out to RPAC - Direct Giver) to:

RANW: Attention Jennifer
W6124 Aerotech Drive
Appleton, WI 54914






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