Realtor Party & RPAC

The REALTOR® Party

Since the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) hired its first lobbyist in 1973, America’s largest trade association has been working together to advance public policies and candidates that build strong communities, protect property interests and promote a vibrant business environment. In 2010-2011, NAR ramped up its efforts at the state and local levels by launching the REALTOR® Party Initiative. This included grants and tools to help state and local REALTOR® Associations run candidate and issue campaigns, and implement smart growth, housing opportunity and diversity programs, and much more.

As the only advocacy group in America that fights exclusively for property ownership, real estate investment, and strong communities, the REALTOR® Party is not focused on a side of the aisle; it is focused on the issues that matter to existing and future property owners and the real estate industry.

Supporting candidates and campaigns and engaging in community outreach, the REALTOR® Party leverages the association’s best asset—its grassroots network of more than 1.5 million REALTORS® across the U.S. and its territories—to work hard on behalf of America’s 85 million homeowners and those who aspire to one day join them.

In recent years, our local activities have increased, REALTORS® have gained political clout through legislative victories in every corner of the country, and state and local REALTOR® associations have expanded their community and political presence ... with support from the REALTOR® Party.

REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) & Political Fundraising

The REALTOR® Party works hand-in-hand with the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC); however, RPAC is a voluntary program and provides the “hard” dollars the association uses to make direct contributions to national, state, and local candidates. This partnership is what makes us a force to be reckoned with at all levels of government.

Launched in 1969 as the Real Estate Political Education Committee (REPEC), RPAC supports candidates of any party who understand and champion real estate issues. It is the most nonpartisan major PAC in the country. Political expenditures are divided nearly evenly among Republicans and Democrats based on their support of real estate issues. In 1974, NAR changed REPEC’s name to RPAC.

With the game-changing Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. The Federal Election Commission in 2010, NAR created an independent expenditure-only committee, the National Association of REALTORS® Congressional Fund, which helps supplement RPAC funding of federal and state independent expenditures. The Congressional Fund allows the tax-efficient use of NAR member dues to complement the association’s RPAC-funded political efforts, which are used for direct contributions to candidates.

In 2015, NAR created the Corporate Ally Program to provide our extended real estate family—namely Multiple Listing Services and their business partners and advisors, real estate brokerages, NAR business affiliates and vendors and institutes, societies, and councils—with the flexibility to invest their corporate dollars to support REALTOR® Party issues and/or candidate programs.

Invest in RPAC

For more than 50 years, the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) has been one of the strongest and most successful advocacy organizations in the nation. And there’s one reason for that: REALTORS®. RPAC recognizes that an industry that shies away from politics is an industry whose future is unstable and uncertain. Your voluntary investments in RPAC earn us a seat at the table with legislative and policy decision makers on Capitol Hill, statehouses and city halls across the country. Your continued support and engagement allow us to shape the size, scope and success of the real estate industry for REALTORS® and business, property, and home owners alike. Together, we’re protecting the future of real estate in America.

RPAC Frequently Asked Questions

PACs have been around since 1944, when the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) formed the first one to raise money for the re-election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A Political Action Committee (PAC) is a popular term for a political committee organized by like-minded people for the purpose of raising and spending money to elect and defeat candidates. The PAC’s money must come from voluntary contributions from members rather than the member’s dues treasury. PACs represent business, labor or ideological interests. PACs can contribute $5,000 to a candidate committee per election (primary, general, run-off or special). They can also give up to $15,000 annually to any national party committee, and $5,000 annually to any other PAC. PACs may receive up to $5,000 annually from any one individual.