Governmental Affairs Director
As part of the Illinois REALTORS® Government Affairs team, Jon Scholtes serves as Government Affairs Director for the Illini Valley Association of REALTORS®, REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley, and Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®.
WHAT IS RPAC?
As a member of the Illini Valley Association of Realtors and the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, you are among 43,000 colleagues who care deeply about how the real estate industry is regulated. Many of our members make voluntary contributions to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee, or RPAC, which promotes the election of pro-REALTOR® candidates. Last year Illinois REALTORS® raised more than $1,000,000 to help protect your business and private property rights. These contributions are not members’ dues; this is money given freely by REALTORS® in recognition of how important campaign fundraising is to the political process. You can donate online at www.RPACNow.com. For more information about RPAC go to www.IllinoisRealtor.org/RPAC .
REASONS TO JOIN:
Choose not to participate, and your business becomes an easy target for unnecessary regulation, fees and liability (real estate transactions are an easy target for new taxes & fees).
RPAC funds candidates who have your business interests in mind. RPAC support is determined by REALTORS® and are based on several factors: a candidate's position/voting record on real estate issues, candidate response on questionnaires or interviews, and the recommendations of local associations.
If you want to be successful, it's crucial to have RPAC involved in campaigns. This is a critical time for our state and we need leaders to stand with us and for private property owners.
WHAT'S RPAC DONE FOR YOU?
It may be tempting to look at the relative ease with which you can practice real estate in Illinois and assume that today’s marketplace evolved naturally, that policy makers had your interests in mind all along. But that’s just not so. Without your associations’ efforts – local, state and national – you’d be inundated in ridiculous red tape and legal liability, and your customers and clients would have a steeper climb toward homeownership. Click here to see recent legislative wins and losses.
WHAT IS YOUR FAIR SHARE?
A Fair Share, a $32.00 investment in RPAC gets you a strong Return on Investment. RPAC has helped defeat local licensing requirements ($100 saved), transfer taxes ($2000 saved) and commercial sign fees ($75 saved). And, RPAC helps protect the Mortgage Interest Deduction ($5,000+ saved). When you add it all up, RPAC is an incredibly valuable pocketbook protector. By investing in RPAC you get to keep more of your hard-earned money.
Make the decision now to give your "Fair Share" with your 2016 Dues payment.
“RPAC is the difference between having a seat at the table...
and being on the menu.”
Contributions to RPAC are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions 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 decision not to contribute. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. Up to thirty percent (30%) may be sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 2 U.S.C. 441a. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board's official website www.elections.il.gov or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois