SARASOTA, Fla. (January 27, 2021) – At last night’s Florida REALTORS® PAC Awards Presentation during the virtual Mid-Winter Business Meetings, the REALTOR® Association of Sarasota and Manatee was recognized for their contributions to RPAC in 2020.

In the large board category, RASM was honored as the “First Board to Reach Fundraising Goal” and “Highest Total Cash Raised.” In 2020, RASM members rallied together to raise more than $235,267 for Florida REALTORS® PAC, supporting the American Dream of homeownership and private property rights.

“It is our duty and responsibility as REALTORS® to protect private property rights and be a voice for the consumer, and RPAC helps us to amplify that voice. We are honored to be recognized by our peers for achieving a higher standard in RAPC fundraising, and we couldn’t have done it without our local advocates,” said Mike Bruno, 2020 Chair of the RASM RPAC Committee. “Thanks to all who made 2020 an incredible year, it was an honor to serve as your RPAC Chair.”

In addition to exceeding total fundraising goals, RASM members stepped up in their participation and investment levels last year. In 2020, 39 percent of RASM’s total membership invested in RPAC, and 37 of which invested at the Major Investor level.

Since 1969, the REALTORS® Political Action Committee has promoted the election of pro-REALTOR® candidates across the United States. The purpose is clear: REALTORS® and Business Partners raise and spend money to elect candidates who understand and support their interests. The money to accomplish this comes from voluntary contributions made by members. These are not member dues; this is money given freely in recognition of how important campaign fundraising is to the political process. RPAC enables REALTORS® and Business Partners alike to support candidates that support the issues that are important to their profession and livelihood.