RPAC 101

Hear what inspired Richmond area REALTOR® Philip Innes to begin contributing to RPAC of Virginia.

Philip is a successful REALTOR® and RPAC contributor in the Richmond area. He understands that RPAC is critical to ensuring that all REALTORS® feel the effects of positive legislation for their business and their clients.


What is RPAC?

By supporting the campaigns of candidates who understand your business, the Virginia REALTOR® Political Action Committee ensures that your interests are represented when laws, ordinances, and regulations are being enacted. Through voluntary monetary contributions of Realtors®, RPAC supports the campaigns of candidates whose outlooks, decisions, and stances are compatible with those of Realtors® and property owners.

This isn’t personal; this is business. When RPAC decides whether to contribute to candidates, the only consideration is how supportive they are on real estate issues property rights issues. As an organization that represents Realtors®, we don’t consider any other kinds of issues. Party affiliation doesn’t matter, either; RPAC funds have helped Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.

How does RPAC decide whom to support?

Spending is decided by its Trustees—Realtors® from across Virginia who track candidates’ voting records, send questionnaires to candidates, and conduct interviews to identify the candidates who support you.

The REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) collects voluntary contributions from members just like you who care about the future of your real-estate business. RPAC gives money to candidates who support REALTOR-friendly issues.

Funding House of Delegate and Senate Candidates

Every spring, the RPAC of Virginia Trustees evaluate all current state legislators (RPAC of Virginia does not contribute to local candidates) on their performances in the preceding General Assembly session. Funding is based on these resulting points.

These points are awarded (and deducted) with both objective and subjective means. No one category is weighted differently than another. These include:

The RPAC of Virginia Trustees are able to approve more money for a legislator at any time; most commonly, this is done in an election year where the legislator is in a tight race.

Funding Statewide Office Candidates

The RPAC of Virginia Trustees consider past voting records and a history of working with the real-estate industry when deciding which statewide candidates to fund. Additionally, several months out from the election, the Trustees invite all statewide candidates to join them for in-person interviews after completing a questionnaire. The interviews allow the candidate to clarify or expound on his or her answers from the questionnaire. It also gives the Trustees an opportunity to ask follow-up questions.

Just like when funding House of Delegate and Senate candidates, the RPAC of Virginia Trustees endorse the candidate whom they believe to be the best for your real estate business.

Funding Local Office Candidates

Local associations also have RPAC Trustees. They have their own PAC accounts out of which they are able to fund both local and state lawmakers, provided that the candidates support issues that are REALTOR®-friendly.
Where does your contribution go?

Your RPAC contribution is divided three ways:

RPAC and VAR lobbying go hand in hand

VAR’s Law and Policy team, including our lobbyists, focuses on actual legislation. They inform public officials of the implications of their decisions on your business, and make sure new laws and ordinances don’t hurt Realtors® and property owners. The relationships created by RPAC help this process along.

What kind of policies do VAR and RPAC candidates support?

VAR and RPAC-endorsed candidates support policies that:

What does RPAC support accomplish?

You may not always see RPAC, but it’s always working for you. During election season, it’s busy backing candidates who are friendly to the needs of Realtors® and property owners. RPAC has a solid track record of endorsing winning candidates, proving that Realtor® priorities are in line with the public’s priorities. But there’s no time when RPAC’s impact is felt more than during General Assembly sessions. Check out VAR’s Standing Positions to understand what we stand for, and read on to see what we’ve done for you lately.