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Realtors lead the PAC, gives $238,900 to Tennessee legislative candidates

Staff Report • Oct 20, 2008 at 12:00 AM

The Knoxville News-Sentinel is reporting that 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. 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. Altogether, PACs have donated more than $5 million to state legislative candidates - an average of more than $43,000 per contested seat - during the 2008 election cycle so far. The total is likely to grow before a blackout on PAC contributions takes effect Thursday in accord with state law because some PACs typically hold donations to the last minute. CLICK HERE for the full report.

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