The California Association of Realtors
(CAR) was founded in 1905 with the name "California State Realty Federation" and adopted its current name in 1975. It consists of 117 local associations and over 155,000 members.
Its mission statement is:
"The purpose of the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® is to serve its membership in developing and promoting programs and services that will enhance the members' freedom and ability to conduct their individual businesses successfully with integrity and competency, and through collective action, to promote the preservation of real property rights."
Its vision statement is:
"The REALTOR® organization will be the pre-eminent source of essential business services and the association of choice for real estate professionals committed to excellence."
In 2010, the CAR contributed $195,600 to state senate candidates and $585,754 to state assembly candidates. It was the 5th and 4th largest contributor to state senate and state assembly elections, respectively.
The top 3 recipients of campaign contributions from the CAR in 2010 were:
| Jerry Brown, Governor
| Jerome E. Horton, Equalization Board
| George Runner, Equalization Board