Where does TMHA’s PAC rank? TMHA’s PAC ranked 217 in 2011 in amount of contributions received and 209 in 2010. Last year our PAC raised $70,448, and the year before we raised $104,996 (election year). For the size of our association and considering these recent efforts came during some of the worst years on record for our industry, these are respectable amounts.
However, to ascend to the next level of political effectiveness as an association we can do better. To set alongside other comparable associations in comparable industries, we must do better.
By comparison, below are some other trade associations and their ranks in Texas (2011 figures):
Rank Amount Received Amount Raised Association
20 $681,062.00 $294,506.00 Texas Trial Lawyers Assn. PAC
27 $520,031.49 $151,878.16 Texas Dental Association Political Action
42 $343,499.00 $267,344.28 Fort Worth Firefighters Committee For Responsible Government
51 $314,702.64 $45,500.00 Texas Apartment Assn. PAC
52 $312,720.66 $35,125.62 Texas Deer Association Political Action Committee
61 $290,977.23 $42,792.15 Texas State Teachers Assn. PAC
77 $245,844.00 $192,870.22 Wholesale Beer Distributors Of Texas PAC
87 $222,398.91 $105,075.00 HOMEPAC of the Texas Assn. of Builders HOME PAC
94 $205,192.00 $61,500.00 Texas Society Of Certified Public Account
102 $185,940.00 $120,100.00 Texas Land Title Assn. PAC
104 $182,650.00 $89,500.00 Texas Automobile Dealers Assn. PAC
112 $168,831.27 $71,650.00 Houston Apartment Assn. Better Government
126 $145,974.50 $140,876.51 San Antonio Police Officers Assn. PAC
148 $122,953.51 $44,000.00 Texas Architects Committee
153 $118,828.99 $84,950.00 Associated General Contractors of Texas PAC
162 $105,845.51 $27,171.25 Texas Restaurant Assn. PAC
165 $103,681.63 $123,316.00 Apartment Association of Greater Dallas PAC
Everyone has PACs. People are always amazed at how many industries have PACs. It is simply because they all know the political truth one must get involved in government to preserve one’s industry.
It really doesn’t matter what you do for a living, your industry has a PAC – doctors, lawyers, firefighters, teachers, deer breeders, beer distributors, title insurance, home builders, apartment leasing, general contractors, restaurant owners, architects and police officers.
Texas Real Estate Related PACs
Based on 2010 numbers (previous election year), Texas business related PACs accounted for 51 percent of all PAC spending. Ideological PACs were the second largest player with 43 percent. Labor related PACs were a distant third accounting for 5 percent.
Among total PAC spending real estate related PACs accounted for 7 percent. There were 48 active real estate related PACs in 2010 all combining to spend just under $10 million.
Top Real Estate PACs in 2010:
$3,557,489 Texas Association of Realtors
$3,238,317 Texas Association Realtors Issues Mobilization
$566,250 Texas Apartment Association
$318,159 San Antonio Board of Realtors
$291,160 Texas Land Title Association
$264,443 Houston Apartment Association
$192,333 Houston Realty Business Coalition
$183,500 Apartment Association of Greater Dallas
$139,208 MetroTex Association of Realtors
$102,723 Ebby Halliday
$101,877 Apartment Association of Tarrant County
$100,393 Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA PAC)