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A Message From 2015 RPAC Chair, Joanne Darling - August 7, 2015

Joanne Darling
2015 RPAC Chair

PGCAR and RPAC played a valuable role in the recent advocacy campaign against the $.15 property tax hike. Through grants from NAR and MAR, your Association (PGCAR) was able to run full-page advertising in the local press against the tax increase and generate close to 2000 calls and emails into the County Council. This effort most definitely swayed the vote away from the $.15 concept. This is just one example of how PGCAR and RPAC protect your ability to do business.

Our influence can only be as strong as the relationships we build with our elected officials. These relationships pave the road to our political success. RPAC provides the opportunity to enhance our relationships with existing politicians (our REALTOR® Party Friends) and a chance to build relationships with newly elected officials, hopefully securing their membership in the "REALTOR® Party."

Through RPAC, REALTORS® have seen solid victories in recent years:
  • Stopped the $.15 Countywide property tax hike
  • Defeated a proposal to create a moratorium on foreclosures
  • Reduced the rate of interest on rental security deposits
  • Defeated legislation restricting rental units in certain zones
  • Defeated rent control in College Park
  • Stopped transfer taxes on front foot benefit assessments
  • Defeated efforts to require energy audits at property transfer
  • Passed legislation to expand financial literacy education in public schools
  • Halted collection of tax on forgiven debt in a short sale transaction
You can read more about how RPAC helps REALTORS® here: RPAC does NOT BUY VOTES. RPAC supports positions, NOT parties. RPAC is bipartisan, supporting political candidates who value protecting real estate transactions, homeownership and property rights. Your voluntary contribution . . . $15, $35, $99, or more helps in this necessary endeavor.


And remember, if real estate is your profession, politics is your business!

Thank You,
Joanne Darling, 2015 RPAC Chair

RPAC contributions are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions to RPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes. The amounts indicated are merely guidelines and you may contribute more or less than the suggested amounts. The National Association of REALTORS® and its state and local associations will not favor or disadvantage any member because of the amount contributed or a decision not to contribute. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. 70% of each contribution is used by your state PAC to support state and local political candidates; 30% is sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 52 U.S.C. 30116.

PGCAR is the voice for REALTORS® in Prince George's County, Maryland. Representing more than 2,600 real estate professionals in the national capital area, PGCAR provides numerous services vital to its members' daily business needs. It also works with lawmakers to ensure public policy that encourages homeownership, promotes an environment conducive to business growth, and works to improve the communities in which its members live and work.

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