History of Texas Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee (TREPAC)
In the late 1960s, some of the directors and officers of TAR decided that a way must be found to bring the legislative and political needs of our association to the attention of the members of the legislature and other state officials.
The association urged local boards to form breakfast clubs to meet with both state and local officials to let them know our position on legislative matters. At the same time, a state association committee was formed and the members of TAR were urged to send investments to a state fund. The first year was not a resounding financial success with something less than $900 being invested. The local effort was more successful and most of the principal cities organized breakfast clubs and collected funds for local use.
In 1972, TAR took a lesson from local successes and formed TREPAC/Texas Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee. In and through coordination with the local committees, the PAC raised a total of $17,250 from 923 investors.
Due to possible conflicts in the laws governing political activity by a tax exempt corporation, the TAR directors voted in 1974 to approve the formation of TREPAC/Texas Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee as a separate organization. The PAC, as we know it today, has become more successful each year and is considered by NAR to be one of the model PACs of the nation.