NASHVILLE - For the 26,000 members of the Tennessee Association of Realtors[®], having a political action committee is just part of "being engaged in their communities," according to J.A. Bucy.Only if you auction the microphone to the highest bidders at a PTA meeting can campaign finance be compared to PTA meetings.
A review of campaign finance records by the News Sentinel shows the association's PAC is more engaged than any other special-interest group in delivering donations to legislative candidates.
As of Sept. 30, the Realtors[®] PAC had given $238,900 to state legislative candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot. With 99 representatives and 16 senators facing re-election this year, that works out to an average of more than $2,000 for every contested seat in the state.
Monday, October 20, 2008
From KnoxNews via R. Neal, the special interest association for Realtors® encourage us not to follow their campaign finance money, but to just look at their donations as the same sort of participation as standing to speak at a PTA meeting: