Cleveland Area Board of Realtors (CABOR) Recognized by Ohio Association of Realtors for RPAC Achievement

Cleveland, OH – October 23, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — The Cleveland Area Board of Realtors (CABOR) was presented with the RPAC Award by the Ohio Association of Realtors (OAR) on September 23, 2009 for meeting and exceeding their 2009 goal. The Cleveland area was among the top Ohio contributors to the RPAC, generating $37,958 between January 1, 2009 and August 17, 2009 in voluntary member funds.

According to the Ohio Association of Realtors (www.ohiorealtor.org), RPAC goals for each board are calculated by the total number of membership, which is based on dues billing as of April 30, 2009 and multiplied by $10. Among the 50 participating boards and associations in Ohio, a total of $403,961.51 in RPAC funds has been raised this year as of August 17th.

The Realtor Political Action Committee or RPAC is a nonpartisan voice of the real estate community on local, state and national levels. RPAC relies on the voluntary contributions of board and association members to promote the improvement of government by encouraging and stimulating realtors and others to take a more active and effective part in government affairs. RPAC also strives to encourage realtors and others to understand the nature and action of government, and supports candidates for election to public office at the local, state, and national levels who share the views of realtors on issues important to the real estate industry.

“Over the past several years, political action committees in the United States have become a vital factor in the political structure of our country,” explains CABOR Chair Dianna Hosta-Stickney. “Many major corporations and major trade associations maintain PACs.” In 1969, the National Association of Real Estate Boards formed the Real Estate Political Action Committee (REPAC) and Ohio became the first state to sign an agreement with REPAC. In 1974, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) changed the name of the Real Estates Political Action Committee to the Realtors Political Action Committee (RPAC).

Founded in 1892, the Cleveland Area Board of Realtors (CABOR) is the voice of real estate in Northeast Ohio. CABOR is a non-profit organization and one of the nation’s largest REALTOR® associations with more than 3,800 members in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, and Medina counties. Guided by a mission to serve the community, real estate professionals who sell real property, and businesses that work in or with the real estate industry, CABOR provides a variety of services to its professional members including education, insurance, affinity programs and legislative representation, as well as membership in the Ohio Association of Realtors (OAR) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

OAR RPACAward

CABOR Chair Dianna Hosta-Stickney (left) accepts the 2009 RPAC Award from OAR Policy Activity & RPAC Fundraising Committee Vice Chairman Gloria Alonso Cannon.

For more information, contact Carla Roehl, Chief Executive Officer or Michael Valerino, Marketing Director, at the Cleveland Area Board of Realtors (CABOR). Phone: (216) 901-0130 E-mail: croehl (at) cabor (dot) com or mvalerino (at) cabor (dot) com Web: www.CABOR.com

Agency Contact:  Sally Stevens, Executive Vice President, Stevens Baron Communications, Inc.

Phone: (216) 621-6800 ext. 14 E-mail: sstevens (at) stevensbaron (dot) com Web: www.stevensbaron.com

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