CAI reacts to HOA Enlightenment Movement with targeted lobbying of legislators

Apparently, CAI Central in Falls Church, VA is feeling the heat of the Enlightenment Movement — the awakening of the public, the media and state legislators as to what HOA-Land is really all about.  It has sent an email (“You can Enhance CAI’s Advocacy Program by Participating in this Brief Interview,” July 24, 2013) to its faithful members — presumably its “volunteer” members who are for the most part HOA directors — asking for their participation in a survey of their relationships with elected officials.  Obviously, for intense, micro-managed lobbying efforts in support of CAI’s objectives.

By understanding our network of relationships with elected officials, we can build advocacy programs that advance our positions on any number of issues that directly impact our members and the community association industry.

Recall that I wrote that CAI was formed in 1973 to deal with the problems of HOAs as defined and modeled by the 1964 Homes Association Handbook.  In 1992, CAI made a substantial change in its mission and elected to no longer be an educational organization (Tax exempt 501(c)3) and to become a business trade organization (501(c)6).   It did so under mounting pressures and criticisms in articles, research journals, and books, including McKenzie’s Privatopia.  CAI had to reach the legislatures that controlled state laws regarding the HOA industry.

This latest “brief interview” is another attempt to influence legislators in favor of HOA friendly legislation, knowing that advocates are still fragmented.  With the response from the party faithful, CAI will not only know who the friendly legislators are, but what members have good relationships with specific officials.  CAI Central, or through the local state chapter, can then produce targeted emails — as successfully used by Obama in the past election — to influence legislators. The advocates, unless they want to demand copies of all emails, will be in the dark.

This tactic by CAI has ominous consequences for HOA reforms in every state!  It becomes extremely important that advocates and homeowners in every state seeking redress of HOA problems form an advocacy group to inform the public, the media and their legislators of their views.  As I have long argued, advocates must, even more so now, confront, challenge and expose CAI propaganda.  They must also advance quality reform legislation.

This tactic by CAI of addressing legislators in all states makes it a national issue of unfairly influencing state legislators to advance authoritarian private governments not subject to the US Constitution.  Homeowner rights advocacy groups must be given equal access to their legislators!  Advocates must be given equal bargaining powers over HOA issues!  Legislative committees must not be allowed to hear that the “stakeholders” met without hearing from an advocacy group!

Links to representative CAI “interview” questions: CAI-network3, CAI- network 4, CAI- network 5, and CAI-network6.

 

See What is this “association law” thing all about? and The questionable role of HOA attorneys.

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  1. […] CAI reacts to HOA Enlightenment Movement with targeted lobbying of legislators authored by George K. Staropoli […]

  2. I owed $75,00 in back dues, When contacting, they said it went up to $3,500.00 – They said that was attorney fees for their foreclosing on me ?? I couldn’t pay it and in Nevada they have a quick Lien law that let them do that. Now I am renting from them after 9 years in my home \ THAT’S HOA ???

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  5. They certainly watered down the N.C. proposed changes. Let us all
    keep the ball going forward to oppose them.

  6. […] pvtgov.wordpress.com:   CAI reacts to HOA enlightenment movement with targeted lobbying of legislators By George K. Staropoli July 24, 2013 Scottsdale, AZ –  Apparently, CAI Central in Falls Church, VA is feeling the heat of the Enlightenment Movement — the awakening of the public, the media and state legislators as to what HOA-Land is really all about.  It has sent an email (“You can Enhance CAI’s Advocacy Program by Participating in this Brief Interview,” July 24, 2013) to its faithful members — presumably its “volunteer” members who are for the most part HOA directors — asking for their participation in a survey of their relationships with elected officials.  Obviously, for intense, micro-managed lobbying efforts in support of CAI’s objectives. Read more: https://pvtgov.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/cai-reacts-to-hoa-enlightenment-movement-with-targeted-lobbyi… […]


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