Campaign Endorsement Prohibition Policy
(Approved by the Board of Directors on May 20, 2017)
During their term of office, the National Association of REALTORS® President, President-Elect, First Vice President, Vice President of Association Affairs, Vice President of Government Affairs, Treasurer, Immediate Past President, and Regional Vice Presidents (“NAR Elected and Appointed Officers”) must not:
- Publicly endorse any candidate for office.
- Directly or indirectly have any involvement in or provide support to a candidate’s campaign.
- Introduce or speak on behalf of a candidate at a campaign event. However, NAR Elected and Appointed Officers may attend campaign events, but should attempt to attend campaign events of all candidates so that there is no appearance of endorsement of a particular candidate.
- Appear in photos with candidates. However, if an NAR Elected or Appointed Officer is also a candidate, then other NAR Elected and Appointed Officers may appear in photos with such candidate when the photo is taken in the course of acting on behalf of NAR (i.e., a photo of the entire Leadership Team). Any photo taken for this purpose may not be used by the candidate in any campaign material, including a campaign website or campaign social media page.
- Wear or distribute campaign paraphernalia (e.g., buttons).
- Post a comment on or “like” a candidate’s campaign website or social media page, or take any other action that could be reasonably construed as endorsing or promoting a candidate.
- Serve on a candidate’s campaign committee.
- Vote on any candidate’s state or regional endorsement.
NAR Elected and Appointed Officers should make every reasonable effort to provide all candidates with comparable exposure and appointments during their candidacy.
NAR Elected and Appointed Officers are not prohibited from running for national office while serving in their position. As such, this policy should not be construed so as to prohibit or restrict an NAR Elected or Appointed Officer’s ability to conduct a campaign for national office or to publically endorse himself or herself for elected office.