REALTORS® Political Action Committee

What is RPAC?

The REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose purpose is to provide financial assistance to the election campaigns of qualified candidates.

The PAC receives voluntary contributions from REALTORS®, REALTOR® ASSOCIATES and others interested in the rights of private property ownership. The record, program and quality of candidate determine who gets PAC support. It supports local elected officials and also contributes to candidates for state and federal office.

Does PAC money buy the votes of politicians?

Buy votes? No! The PAC contributes to campaigns of candidates who are knowledgeable, fair-minded, and who understand the importance of private property rights. It helps to ensure that our elected officials understand the business of real estate and the importance of enacting laws that allow REALTORS® to conduct business successfully.

I already pay Association dues, isn't that enough?

Federal law and most state laws prohibit the use of dues money for campaign contributions to candidates so additional funds must be raised for this. RPAC gives you the opportunity to have citywide, statewide, and nationwide impact on the election of officials who shape real estate legislation.

Where does PAC money go?

Through a cooperative agreement, 30% of RPAC personal contributions are sent to NAR for support of federal candidates and for issues advocacy; the remainder goes to IAR for state and local candidates and elections.

RPAC is your best investment in real estate. Please participate in the voluntary dues contribution and consider a larger donation to help ensure that your REALTOR® Associations maintain their status as the Voice for Real Estate® at City Hall, the State Capitol, and Congress.

To learn more about RPAC, please contact Brian Bernardoni, C.A.R.'s Director of Government Affairs. Click here to make a direct donation.

What is law because of RPAC?

  • Telephone Solicitation Exemption
    IAR obtained an exemption for real estate practitioners in the Restricted Call Registry Act.
  • Referenda For Municipal Real Estate Transfer Tax
    REALTORS® spearheaded efforts resulting in a law which requires a public hearing and referendum prior to a home rule municipality increasing or imposing a transfer tax.
  • Enactment Of Property Tax Caps
    The strong voice of REALTORS® was behind the enactment of property tax caps in suburban Cook, the collar counties, and to allow downstate voters the right to enact tax caps in their counties by referendum.
  • Easier Appeal Of Property Taxes
    IAR supported legislation enacting clearer, streamlined regulations for property owners to appeal their property tax assessments in Cook County.
  • Tax Relief
    REALTORS® took the lead in the effort to reduce capital gains taxes on real estate and to include other pro-real estate measures in federal tax legislation.
  • Commercial Broker Lien
    IAR secured passage of the nation's first commercial broker lien law.
  • Health Insurance Premium Deduction
    IAR worked with a coalition to ensure enactment of legislation that allows self-employed persons to deduct 100% of the cost of their health care insurance on their Illinois income taxes.
  • Agency Law
    IAR helped establish comprehensive statutory framework between real estate licensees, buyers, and sellers.
  • Brownfields Costs Recouped
    IAR supported laws that clarify eligible remediation costs and increase the remediation tax credit for unreimbursed eligible remediation costs for "brownfield" sites to ensure that these properties can be returned to the tax rolls.
  • Prohibition On Local Rent Control Ordinances
    IAR was instrumental in securing the enactment of an Illinois law that prohibits local governments from enacting rent control ordinances.
  • Simplified Evictions
    Provides for a clearer statutory procedure to provide notice and afford due process to "unknown occupants" of rental housing.
  • Rent Checks
    The Criminal Code of 1961 was amended to clarify that a bad check written for the payment of rent would be covered by the Act.

What isn't law because of RPAC?

  • Banks In Real Estate
    Action on pending federal regulations to allow banks to engage in real estate brokerage was put on hold after NAR efforts led to half of the members in Congress signing on as co-sponsors in the Community Choice in Real Estate Act.
  • Onerous Lead Paint Abatement Requirements
    IAR defeated substantial and expensive new abatement requirements on rental property owners and shifted the focus to providing funds to help property owners abate hazards.
  • Burdensome Isolated Wetland Regulations
    Defeated expensive and burdensome regulations on property owners and developers after a Call-to-Action by REALTORS® from many parts of the state.
  • Residential Real Estate Advertisement Act
    Opposed legislation that would have required the square footage measurement in a property ad to comply with the American National Standards Institute's standards for determining the square footage of the residence or the individual advertising the property would be subject to a $1,000 civil penalty for each violation.
  • Fast-Track Demolition
    Stopped legislation that would further reduce the notice and due process afforded property owners when a municipality seeks a demolition order under the statute for certain properties.
  • Limits On The Role Of Realtors® In Real Estate Transactions
    REALTORS® stopped attempts to restrict the ability of REALTOR® offices to offer a variety of settlement services; including appraisal services, title insurance, financing.
  • Residential Real Estate Advertisement Act
    Opposed legislation that would have required the square footage measurement in a property ad to comply with the American National Standards Institute's standards for determining the square footage of the residence or the individual advertising the property would be subject to a $1,000 civil penalty for each violation.
  • Fast-Track Demolition
    Stopped legislation that would further reduce the notice and due process afforded property owners when a municipality seeks a demolition order under the statute for certain properties.
  • Limits On The Role Of Realtors® In Real Estate Transactions
    REALTORS® stopped attempts to restrict the ability of REALTOR® offices to offer a variety of settlement services; including appraisal services, title insurance, financing.
  • Intrusive Inspection Laws
    REALTORS® defeated plans that would have had local governments conducting zoning inspections, monthly smoke detector inspections and mandatory pre-sale home inspections.

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