Potential $25 OAR Dues Assessment for 2017
The Ohio Association of REALTORS Board of Directors is considering a dues assessment for 2017. Why? To ensure that OAR is sufficiently armed with enough funds to fight for your industry rights!
NAR REQUIRES MORE “SKIN IN THE GAME”
NAR recently reviewed OAR’s finances and discovered that we are on the low side of funds held for issue campaigns.
NAR requires that State and Local Associations contribute 10% – 50% of total funds needed towards mobilizing an issue. For requests over $1 million, a minimum 50% is required as an association contribution.
The average cost is to put an issue on a state ballot for general vote is approximately $1 million. For requests over $1 million, a minimum 50% association contribution is required for an NAR Issues Mob Grant. That equates to $500,000 from the State or Local Association. OUCH!
WHAT IS ISSUES MOBILIZATION?
NAR Issues Mob Grants provide monies to state and local associations to support legislative efforts and public policy that effects our industry, your work as a REALTOR, and your clients’ interests.
NAR isn’t requiring more ‘skin in the game’ to be a bully. They require more because it costs more to fight issues that hurt us and our business; it’s the increased cost of politics overall in today’s world.
ISSUES MOBILIZATION EXAMPLES
OAR Defeats Sales Tax on Services (i.e. Your Commissions)
NAR Sales Tax on Services White Paper
Things Funded by Issues Mob Grants:
- Direct Mail
- Public Opinion Surveys/Polls
- Phone Banks/Automated Calls
- Social Media/Websites
- Grassroots Mobilization
- Advertising (TV, radio, print, online)
- Billboards, brochures, banners, etc.
- Consultant Assistance (i.e. lobbying, public relations, advocacy, research, media, etc.)
- NAR Campaign Services
WHAT DOES ALL OF THIS MEAN?
It means OAR is currently underfunded to:
- Defeat repeated attempts to expand the base of the state sales tax to include commissions, and other professional services our members either provide or consume
- Provide the necessary support needed to influence the outcome of issues arising at the local government level, such as:
- Real estate transfer taxes
- Sign bans
- Point of sale inspections
- Septic regulations
- Growth & land use controls
- School levies
- and any other matter affecting property ownership and private property rights
- Augment the impact of RPAC on state and local elections through the use of independent expenditures. The world of campaign finance changed dramatically in 2010 via the US Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United vs. FEC case. OAR and our Local Boards cannot afford to not adapt to the reality of the new rules.
RPAC versus ISSUES MOBILIZATION FUND: What’s the Difference?
Q. What is the Issues Mobilization Fund (IMF)?
A. The IMF is specifically allocated for one of three purposes: Ballot issues or board-approved Independent Expenditures, research and development of legislative issues, and local issue advocacy.
A. RPAC investments are used for the direct support of candidates for public office. The Citizens United decision opened up new avenues of financial support for candidates and issues. This required us to look beyond the traditional RPAC funds in order to keep our strong voice in real estate. IMF funds can only be used for Ballot Proposals and Independent Expenditure races in addition to local and state issues research and advocacy. An Independent Expenditure campaign is when funds are allocated to support or oppose a candidate or issue. There are strict controls on the Association not coordinating with a candidate or candidate committee.
A. Other states that have adopted similar IMF assessments have actually seen their RPAC contributions increase. This has been attributed to more members realizing the important and different mission of the Issues Mobilization Fund (IMF) versus Realtors® Political Action Committee (RPAC).
A. Your Realtor® leadership strongly supports making ours the strongest voice at the state and local level. A robust IMF is used to fend off multiplying attacks on our industry, private property rights, and our economic recovery. Realtors needs to be well positioned to defend the real estate industry and our elected Realtor champions.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOUR DUES?
If the increase is approved, dues would be:
- ACAR: $190
- OAR: $155 (increased from $130)
- NAR: $155
A MESSAGE FROM THE OHIO ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS CEO:
I realize that it’s a busy time of the year, but wanted to take a quick moment to let you know that our Board of Directors will be considering a motion that will have an impact on 2017 dues. The Board of Directors will meet at our State convention on Wednesday, September 21.