RPAC Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I give money to political candidates?
By giving, you are investing in your business and making a commitment to preserve the future of our industry. I’m sure you have insurance on your car, home, and business office. Bad legislation passed by Congress, the state legislature, or city council could just as catastrophic financially as the loss of any of your possessions by fire, theft or storm. RPAC helps elect officials at the national, state and local levels who support the free enterprise system and private property rights.
If I want to give, shouldn’t I just contribute to political candidates on my own?
You should contribute directly to the candidates of your choice, but you should also contribute through RPAC. The dollars you give are pooled with literally tens of thousands of other contributors to support candidates who understand the issues that affect our business. Our ultimate goal is to position the RPAC as the largest and most 12 influential political advocacy organization in the country. With your support now, we will be one step closer.
What if I don’t have the money to give?
You can’t afford not to have the money to give. A ninety-nine dollar contribution to RPAC breaks down to about a quarter a day. Is a daily investment of 25 cents not worth the additional money in your pocket that results from RPAC’s successful efforts to ensure a vigorous and viable real estate industry?
Aren’t PACs just in the business of buying votes?
RPAC does not "buy" votes from politicians. RPAC helps elect candidates who share our philosophy, or will at least listen to the REALTOR® viewpoint. RPAC-supported candidates will not always support us on every vote, but they will usually be more favorable to our point of view than the candidate who ran against them or the incumbent they replaced.
I’m a Republican/Democrat. Does RPAC support candidates of the other party?
RPAC is nonpartisan in its selection of candidates. The voting record and views on the issues that affect REALTORS®, in addition to the recommendations of Local Boards and State Associations, are the deciding factors on who we support.
How are RPAC dollars split between national, state and local advocacy?
Thirty percent of your contribution goes to support candidates and issues at the national level. The other 70 percent stays in Indiana and is split between issues and candidates at the state level and those at the county and municipal level. One investment gets your message heard at all three levels of government.
I’m not full time; why should I contribute?
If you benefit anything from the real estate business, you have a vested interest in ensuring that the individuals who pass the laws that affect our livelihood believe in private property rights and the free enterprise system.
RPAC is already a successful PAC. Why do you need my contribution?
While RPAC has been successful in advancing the REALTOR® position, there is constantly new legislation being introduced. We must remain strong and ready to assist candidates at all levels that support our point of view. It is imperative that we continue to build on the momentum we have created.