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The REALTOR® ACTION CENTER posses the question; If not you, then who? As REALTORS® we must be politically active. If not, who will take on the responsibility of protecting the values and rights we hold dear?
Be assured that someone will—someone who may not value wise business planning and could threaten property owners and their rights.
If REALTORS® do not speak out, get INVOLVED and help shape the discussion, someone else will. No one knows a community better than a REALTOR®. REALTORS® know the lay of the land, the families, the best schools, the neighborhoods and the leaders of any given area. REALTORS® work in every city, county and community in the nation. REALTORS® are on the front line as defenders of real estate issues.
RPAC is the voice of REALTORS® on Capitol Hill. Since 1969 RPAC has been promoting the election of pro-REALTOR® candidates across the United States. During the last federal election cycle alone, RPAC contributed over $12 million to pro-REALTOR® candidates to Congress, making it the number one trade association political action committee in the nation. Why has RPAC been successful? Because RPAC is not a charity. RPAC is a business.
According to OPEN SECRETS, The National Association of REALTORS® is ranked 4th on the list for Top All-Time Donors (1989-2012) and contributes between 40% and 59% to both parties. In the past 20+ years, NAR has contributed $43,720,142 towards lobbying efforts.
In Arizona’s political scene, REALTORS® have long understood the importance of providing financial support for RAPAC – the REALTORS® of Arizona Political Action Committee. Because RAPAC receives such robust support from its members, it qualifies as an Arizona “Super PAC,” which allows RAPAC trustees to award financial support to candidates at a higher spending limit. RAPAC is currently one of 22 such higher participation PACs in the state.
At our local level, our Legislative Committee keeps our membership informed on local government issues. They actively represent our Association every week at our County Supervisors meetings. The committee monitors and protects public issues and helps maintain contact and opens the door for interaction and communication with our local city and county elected officials to help shape public policy that will best protect Private Property Rights.
SCCBR has recently revised our web site’s GOVERNMENT AFFAIR section. The Association is committed to being the voice in real state for Santa Cruz County. We will continue the rally to protect the AMERICAN DREAM by helping our membership and community stay informed and get involved!
Visit the Government Affairs section by clicking on the following topics:
- Realtors® Party; Vote, Act, and Invest
- Realtors® of Arizona Political Action Committee
- Capital Insider By Arizona Association of Realtors®
- Realtors® Political Action Committee
- All Advocacy Issues by NAR
- Local, State, and Federal Legislators
- State and Federal Legislative Trackers
- Political Polls and Electoral Vote Trackers
- Information on Registering to Vote
- Political News From Both Sides of the Isle
SCCBR’s committees are the lifeblood of our association, they provide forums for ideas, vision for the future, and they accomplish the majority of our association’s work. We need your participation to make our Association the best it can be! Start by getting involved with Your Local Association. Begin by attending our local meetings and functions, and volunteering for one of our committees.
To learn more about our committees and task forces go to: http://www.sccazrealtor.com/sccbr-committees.html
Are you a team player? Do you want to contribute your expertise to one of our teams? Below is a list of our Team Captains for 2012, you may contact them directly or submit your request through: http://www.sccazrealtor.com/join-a-committee.html
- Donna Beedy
REALTORS® of AZ POLITICAL ACTION (RAPAC)
- Tina Totty
- Kathi Campana & Fred Johnson
HOUSING & EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
- Aracely Stout
PUBLIC RELATIONS & MEDIA
- Emily Wilson
- Candy Bell & Lupita Mendoza
- Lois Cooper
- Marty Durkin & Karen Sykes
- Aracely Stout & Karen Sykes
- Carlos Ramos & Lori Adamson
REALTOR® (PEER) SUPPORT
- Connie Bracamonte & Yolanda Oropeza
PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY GROUP (PAG)
- Karen Miller, Nanci Pottinger & Mindy Maddock
- Meg Flanders, Candy Bell, Carey Daniel, Natalie Jarman, Mindy Maddock, Jim Ross, Denise Valverde, & Lois Cooper