Each year, RPAC sets a fundraising goal which is divided by the number of members of the Michigan Realtors to arrive at a “fair share” fundraising goal for each member. The 2021 RPAC fundraising goal was again $1,160,000.00, making the fair share amount for each MI Realtors member $35.57. Consequently, the fundraising goal for CAR, with its 343 members, was set at $11,876.00.
I am happy to report that for the 8th year in a row we have exceeded our RPAC fundraising goal by at least 30%. RPAC’s 2021 numbers through November 30 show we raised $19,050, or 160.4% of our goal of $11,876. Additionally, each association across the state has a membership participation goal of 37%; CAR exceeded that goal by having 49.85% of its members participate in RPAC fundraising efforts this year.
Where does the money go? The RPAC Trustees oversee a process through which candidates for state and federal office can receive campaign donations from RPAC, specifically from a fund called RPAC I which is designed to support candidates and their campaigns. Local associations handle candidate interviews for state representatives serving their areas; MI Realtors then receives recommendations for endorsement from the local associations and suggests a donation amount based on the office, historical experience with the candidate, and the perceived importance of the race or seat in question. Those contributions are then approved by the RPAC Trustees. The Trustee board also conducts some direct interviews with candidates for state Supreme Court, Governor, US House of Representatives, and US Senate. For the judges and Governor candidates, contribution amounts are recommended by MI Realtors and approved by the RPAC Trustees; for the federal offices, contribution recommendations come from NAR.
On behalf of the RPAC Trustees board, I would like to thank all of you who contributed to our RPAC fundraising efforts this year. For those of you who are still thinking about it, there’s never a bad time to get involved. I and the other members of the Political Affairs & Government Committee are always happy to answer any questions you might have.
Follow Best Practices
NAR has compiled tips and best practices from subject matter experts, law enforcement, and industry veterans to help keep REALTOR® safe. View the resources on the REALTOR® Safety Tips from NAR webpage.
Always meet new clients at the office or in a neutral location, like a coffee shop
Share your schedule with a colleague, assistant, or family member
Communicate safety concerns on your listing (poor cell phone signal, etc.)
Do not overshare about your personal life
Do not host open houses alone
Check your cell phone battery and signal before heading to an appointment
Direct clients to walk in front of you when touring a property, do not lead them
Never go into attics, crawl spaces, or garages where you could be trapped
NAR has provided a toolkit to assist Brokers with providing and implementing safety measures to ensure the security of agents. Visit https://www.nar.realtor/safety/realtor-safety-toolkit-for-associations-and-brokerages
to view materials and resources.