For those who might still be wondering why they should contribute to RPAC, or whether their contributions actually make a difference in addressing the issues important to us as REALTORS®, the resounding answer to those important questions is a categorical “YES!”
I had the opportunity to travel to the National Association of REALTORS® meeting in Washington, D.C. in mid-May and to join our NYSAR RPAC colleagues as we met with NAR’s Federal Political Coordinator, Max Gurvitch, who handles legislative matters of interest to NAR, and specifically those affecting New York, as the direct liaison to Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY’s 10th District).
Of particular concern to us as REALTORS® in New York State is the future of legislation affecting net neutrality because, in simple terms, we are concerned that access to, and exposure on, the internet should be maintained as a level playing field for all participants, especially commercial enterprises like real estate business. The loss of that neutrality in online representation can result in the exposure for larger participants being heavily favored over that afforded to smaller entities, such as small real estate brokerages. Accordingly, we strongly support the preservation of net neutrality.
To give you a sense of the effectiveness of your RPAC contributions in influencing our elected representatives’ actions, here’s the timeline of our discussions with Mr. Gurvitch:
We met with him on a Wednesday morning to discuss our concerns and desired outcome. By that afternoon, there had been a vote in the U. S. Senate on the net neutrality bill. By the next day, Mr. Gurvitch had followed up with the NY RPAC delegation to affirm that our position was heard and had made a difference in achieving the outcome we sought when the Senate passed the legislation we supported on net neutrality. While there is some resistance in the House of Representatives to allowing the corresponding Net Neutrality legislation in that body to move forward, Mr. Gurvitch also advised that if the House dropped the bill, Congressman Nadler, who is the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, confirmed that he planned to co-sponsor the legislation to ensure it is not abandoned.
Seeing first-hand the speed and the positive impact of your RPAC contributions can have in advancing your association’s position on the issue of net neutrality was most impressive and very gratifying to witness. To reiterate, your contributions to RPAC do matter and can have a significant impact on the direction of proposed legislation that affects our industry.
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