REALTOR® Political Action Committee
What Does RPAC Do?
As a real estate professional, RPAC is your PAC. It is also the real estate industry's vehicle for political success. REALTOR® volunteers raise contributions from other members across the state. These funds are then pooled together and contributed on a nonpartisan basis to public office candidates who support housing and real estate interests.
Seventy cents of every dollar raised stays in Wisconsin for state and local elections, and the remaining money is transferred to the National Association of REALTORS®' PAC for contributions to federal candidates.
All fundraising 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.
Funds are disbursed on a nonpartisan basis to Democrats and Republicans alike, based on issues and support of the REALTORS® legislative agenda.
RPAC is one of the largest trade association PACs in the world, and in Wisconsin.
Why Should RPAC Interest You?
RPAC is a very important business partner for REALTORS®. Up to 4,000 bills are introduced each session in the state Legislature, and elections determine who will be voting on these bills. RPAC helps to elect the people who write the laws with which you and your business must live. Through extensive research and ongoing monitoring, RPAC keeps real estate professionals informed, involved and influential regarding the legislative decisions that are important to the industry.
WRA Direct Giver (Conduit) Program Overview
The WRA Direct Giver Program, (or conduit program as referred to under state law), provides an alternative to an RPAC contribution for members who:
wish to retain full control and direction over who will receive their political contributions,
wish to give personal contributions to candidates for local and state elections and at the same time benefit organized real estate and the WRA.
Direct Giver Process
Solicitations: Solicitations for Direct Giver contributions are made in the same fashion as RPAC contributions. The minimum contribution to the Direct Giver Program is $100.
Checks: Checks must be made to The WRA Direct Giver Program rather than RPAC. Local boards transmit Direct Giver contributions to the WRA in the same manner and at the same time as RPAC contributions, but use as separate Direct Giver Transmittal Form.
Control: Contributions to the Direct Giver Program are deposited in a separate bank account from RPAC contributions. Structurally, the WRA then acts like a bank, with disbursements permitted only with the explicit authorization of the contributor. That is, Direct Giver contributor retains full control on how their contribution is spent.
Directing Contributions: Contributors may at any time direct their contributions, in whole or in part, to any candidate for local, state or federal office. When disbursing funds, contributors can write or call the WRA to indicate how they wish their money to be distributed.
Recommendations for Disbursements: Recommendations for disbursement of Direct Giver funds can be made to contributors by the WRA Direct Giver Trustees, but contributors are free to agree or disagree with those recommendations.
Direct Giver Contributions Treated Like Personal Contributions: Direct Giver/conduit contributions are treated by Wisconsin campaign finance laws as individual, personal contributions. Contributions thus do not count against other PAC limitations under the law. (i.e.: Either against RPAC contributions to candidates or candidate limits on total PAC receipts.) Individuals may contribute to either RPAC or the Direct Giver Program or both.
Conduit Report Form: The WRA must file a Conduit Report , similar to a PAC report, with the State Elections Board a prescribed times during the year. This report delineates the names of candidates receiving Direct Giver expenditures and the amounts they received.