The Best Way to Mind Your Own Business

Posted on December 10, 2012 by Jeanne Ritchie

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WHAT’S THE VALUE OF A DOLLAR? Who knows better than a REALTOR®! In the crazy world of real estate, a dollar can make or break a deal. Not one of us would hesitate, even for a nano-second, to slap $1 or $5 or $10 on the table if it meant a successful transaction for our client and thousands of dollars in commission in our own pocket. Who wouldn’t argue that that’s a dollar well spent, a tiny investment for a huge return!

Now it’s time to make another decision, one that will protect you and your business year after year. I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want to spend all the time and money necessary to build my business and then have it taken away from me by people I don’t even know. If you’re committed to your career, doesn’t it make sense to have a say in what happens to it? It does to me. And there’s an easy way to do it.

Join me and all of your fellow REALTORS® in support of our industry. Join and support the Arizona REALTORS® Political Action Committee or RAPAC. It is an organized way for us to have our voice heard when competition for political attention is becoming fierce. And it is an excellent opportunity for us to participate in the political process – to “mind your own business” and safeguard your future.

Virtually every special interest in America has a PAC today – not only the pro-lifers and the pro-choicers, the New Right and the Old Left; even butchers, bakers, and tool and die makers. More importantly, those close to us in the housing community – homebuilders, bankers, home inspectors, appraisers – all have their own PACs.

And they are all involved for a good reason – the effective presentation of their point of view to our country’s lawmakers. But with all that competition, it’s difficult to get attention. In short, it’s hard for the politicians to tell the players without a scorecard. A PAC gets you on the scorecard.

PACs are best described by Lee Ann Elliott, a former member and commissioner of the Federal Election Commission, who says, “It’s the American way. And it’s scrupulously fair. I have never known of a candidate changing a vote on a basis of who gave him a contribution. Money does not effect a legislative change; it supports a political philosophy.”

Yes, supporting RAPAC is voluntary. But to me, it’s more than that, it’s an obligation – to myself, to my family, to my future. A minimum investment of $15 every year is all it takes. Let’s be real, that’s pocket change. Aren’t you worth it? I know I am.

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