Government Affairs

  Government Affairs Page

Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®

 If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. 

A person at the table in the government affairs arena is a person who participates in the politcal process by working on candidate’s election campaigns, donating to candidates, and lobbying at the Federal, State and local levels. If you do one or more of these, you are a player. If you don’t you’re “on the menu”.

Another way to say it as it relates to the real estate industry is “If real estate is your profession, then politics is your business.” One easy way to participate in the govenment affairs arena is to donate to RPAC – the REALTOR Political Action Committee. RPAC pools your funds to support candidates, both Republicans and Democrats, that support REALTOR positions. 70% of the funds stay in Connecticut to support state and local elected officials and 30% is used to support Federal candidates.

You can learn more about why you should donate to RPAC by watching a video with Michael Feldman, 2016 CTR President, who discusses why your contribution to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee is important by linking to Why RPAC?

There are two easy to donate to RPAC.

1. Invest in your future today by printing out, completing and returning the RPAC Donation Form.

2. You can make your RPAC donation online after entering your CAR ID and password using the CAR Online RPAC Donation Form.

 


Learn about the Sterling RPAC Office Award

Contact Federal and State elected Officials

Contact Eastern Connecticut Local Officials


Brokers – Join the Broker Involvement Program 

This dynamic program provides you, the broker-owner, with a quick and effective tool to rally your agents on critical legislative issues affecting our industry.


Sign up for the Local Political Contact Network today!

Be ECAR’s eyes and ears. Join the Local Political Contact Network (LPCN) to assist the Association in monitoring local regulatory and legislative issues.

It’s easy! All you need to do is report local issues that affect the real estate industry. Here are a few examples:
Affordable housing
Cell tower
Endangered Species
Fair housing
Ground water protection
Impact Fees
Landlord tenant laws
Noise disclosure
Property tax
Set backs
Sign ordinances
Subdivision regulations
Transfer credits
Transfer tax
Zoning ordinances

In general, then, we want to pursue land use regulation (zoning changes, moratoria, sign ordinance changes and the like.) The GAD Public Policy Group has determined that we will not pursue local budget matters and specific sudivision proposals at this time.

You can print out and fax the signup form by clicking here or sign up online.

Please be our eyes and ears. If you learn of an issue, the process is very simple. All you need to do is contact John Bolduc at ECAR by phone at 860-892-2595 or by email at john.bolduc@easternctrealtors.com.   

POLITICAL ISSUES THAT AFFECT REALTORS® AND THEIR CLIENTS

Because schools are so important to the quality of life and because qualify of life is at the core of the real estate business, REALTORS® need to pay attention to school issues. I’m sure most successful REALTORS® already do this, but my goal and NAR’s goal is to help you get to the next level. By that I mean not merely aware of the issues facing public education, but also in a position to influence the direction of debate and able to propose effective solutions to the challenges ahead in the community where you live.

The National Association of REALTORS® has produced a Public School Toolkit for REALTORS® to educate us on the relevant issues. Click here to obtain the toolkit. Note: This is a very large file and may take a considerable amount of time to download, depending on your connection.

Connecticut Association of REALTORS®

CAR Legislative Page
(CAR ID and password required)
Topics include :

Legislative Issues
Legislative Action Center
REALTORS® Grassroots
Public Policy Statement
Political Contact Network
Issues Advocacy
REALTORS® at the Capitol
CT State Government
Voter Registration Info
RPAC

View the CAR Statement of Policy.

 

National Association of REALTORS®

NAR Political Advocacy Page
Learn about National issues affecting REALTORS®…and find out how NAR is working for REALTORS® on the issues they care about the most.

NAR Action Center Contact your Congressman and Senators on current issues affecting the Real Estate industry.

REALTORS® Political Action Committee
Learn why contributing to RPAC is essential to being heard on issues affecting the real estate business at the state and national levels.