How We Advocate
GPAR’S legislative advocacy team works to develop, advance and implement the local, state, and federal legislative objectives of the REALTOR® Association. We work with Philadelphia City Council, the Pennsylvania State Legislature and the local and state executive branches to achieve these public policy objectives through lobbying, policy development, political field representatives, political communications, grassroots advocacy and candidate support. GPAR has a full-time Government Affairs Director and two committees – Government Affairs Committee and REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) – working together to advocate for the association.
Lobbying GPAR has developed relationships with members of city council and the state legislature. These relationships help policymakers both understand and carry GPAR’s message on a range of important public policy issues affecting private property rights and operation of the real estate industry.
Policy Development GPAR is actively involved in the analysis, formulation, and development of public policy affecting Philadelphia. The government affairs team maintains regular communication with lawmakers and their staff on important issues and developments affecting the real estate industry in the city. GPAR is also a proven contributor to better legislative outcomes as policymakers frequently draw up our valuable professional knowledge of the real estate industry.
Political Communications and Grassroots Advocacy GPAR is known for its strong grassroots advocacy. We utilize the legislative and political expertise and involvement of REALTORS® to help advocate our public policy agenda. With the help of National Association REALTORS® (NAR) and Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS® (PAR), GPAR is able to keep abreast of the latest policy developments and alert REALTORS® into action on important legislative activity.
Government Affairs Committee The Government Affairs Committee is comprised of GPAR members who are experienced, understand the legislative process, especially on the local level, and how public policy can impact the real estate industry. This committee works closely with our Government Affairs Director to determine the key legislative priorities of GPAR.
REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) RPAC is a separate entity that raises money for the political activities of NAR, PAR and GPAR. RPAC disseminates contributions to congressional, state legislature, and city government candidates. On the federal level, RPAC is the nation’s largest direct contributor to candidates. The purpose of RPAC is clear: REALTORS® raise and spend money to elect candidates who understand and support their interests. The money to accomplish this comes from voluntary investments made by REALTORS®. These are not members’ dues; this is money given freely by REALTORS® in recognition of how important campaign fundraising is to the political process. RPAC doesn’t buy votes. RPAC enables REALTORS® to support candidates that support the issues that are important to their profession and livelihood.