As REALTORS® and members of HRRA, we should be thankful for the strong, unified presence our group wields among Virginia's lawmakers. We have an advantage over other REALTOR® associations in that we have a local political action committee supporting REALTOR® friendly candidates. The creation of HRRPAC means that you, as HRRA members, will benefit from the result of more REALTOR® friendly legislation at the federal, state and local level.
Continuing the work of supporting REALTOR® friendly candidates and to defeat or support major public policy initiatives would not be possible without the existence of HRRPAC or HRRPAC contributions from members of the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association. Download donation form
Who decides which candidates receive contributions?
HRRPAC is governed by a group of REALTORS® known as the HRRPAC Trustees. HRRPAC Trustees are responsible for determining which candidates receive contributions for HRRPAC. Each contribution is the result of a fair and detailed process that includes assessing a candidate's voting record, reviewing candidate questionnaires, and face-to-face interviews with candidates.
I already contribute to the candidate(s) of my choice.
A contribution from HRRPAC represents the REALTORS® viewpoint and our support of legislation directly affecting our business. You should give to the candidate of your choice, but you should also give to HRRPAC. A contribution from an individual is a contribution from a friend. The sizable contribution that HRRPAC is able to donate reminds candidates of the large number of members the Association represents.
What is the Real Estate Issues Mobilization Committee (RIM)?
HRRA created the Real Estate Issues Mobilization Committee to primarily support or oppose national, state and local issues that impact real property and the sale, lease, exchange, option, brokerage, use, development, and enjoyment thereof. Issues such as transfer taxes, impact fees, and other growth (or anti-growth) initiatives which could have a negative impact on your business have been defeated in the past through the coordinating efforts of RIM.
Contributions to RPAC
A portion of money raised for HRRPAC is sent directly to Richmond to be included in the RPAC of Virginia fund (REALTOR® Political Action Committee). This money is used to help support REALTOR®-friendly candidates throughout the entire state. This increases our chances of success each year as we work on legislative issues in the General Assembly. The following video was put together to help members better understand the importance of RPAC.
Hampton Roads REALTORS® Political Action Committee (HRRPAC), REALTOR® Issue Mobilization (RIM/non-political) and HRRA Foundation contributions are voluntary and do not affect membership. Contributions to HRRPAC and RIM are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Contributions to HRRPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes. The amount indicated is merely a guideline and you may contribute more or less than the suggested amount. The Association will not favor or disadvantage anyone by reason of the amount of their contribution, and you may refuse to contribute to the PAC without reprisal by the Association. 40% of each contribution is used by HRRPAC. Up to 60% of each contribution is sent to National RPAC and is charged against your limits under federal law (2 U.S. C. 441a); National RPAC returns up to 30% of your contribution to Virginia RPAC for use in connection with the election of state and local candidates in Virginia.