Real Estate Trade Groups Review PAC Donations After DC Unrest

House republicans Kevin McCarthy, Blaine Luetkemeyer and Steve Scalise have all received more than $100,000 from real estate PAC donations. (Getty)


Last week’s violence at the U.S. Capitol Building has led many banks and corporations to rethink their approach to political donations. Now, some real estate groups are following suit.

Using data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, an analysis by The Real Deal found that 10 major real estate-related trade groups had contributed in the 2020 election cycle to members of the so-called “sedition caucus” — the 147 Republican lawmakers who objected to Electoral College results in the presidential election.

As previously reported, the National Association of Realtors was among the largest such donors, contributing $1.27 million. Counting only donations of $10,000 or more, NAR’s political action committee donated $834,000 to 56 Electoral College objectors. Nine other real estate groups donated at least $100,000 each, as the below table shows.

NAR did not announce any changes to its stance on political contributions, noting in a statement that “decisions regarding our involvement in the 2022 federal elections will be made by following the same procedures and considering a multitude of factors impacting our nation and its real estate sector.”

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Book review: ‘Fearless Gardening: Be Bold, Break the Rules, and Grow What You Love’

“Fearless Gardening: Be Bold, Break the Rules, and Grow What You Love” by Loree Bohl ($24.95, Timber Press): Bohl‘s messages of “yes, you can” and “yes, you should” are the perfect antidote to a world filled with worry and a sense of helplessness toward the unknown.

Here, the Portland-based author, who also produces the empowering blog, ”Danger Garden,” calls out to us to be adventurous; to unlock our passion and have fun while creating the garden we want.

The 256-page paperback begins with stories of rare plant collectors and unabashed rule breakers Ruth Bancroft and Ganna Walska, “enemies of the average” who led Bohl to her practical and rebellious gardening commandments.

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Fearless Gardening: Be Bold, Break the Rules, and Grow What You LoveTimber Press

In the final chapter, the author profiles seven inspiring Pacific Northwest gardens and describes lessons she has learned from each very personal paradise.

Photographs and captions provide information on unique designs and a large variety of plants found in unexpected places. A Opuntia ‘Santa Rita’ cactus, or something like it, blooms outside McMenamins Kennedy School in Northeast Portland.

This is not a traditional how-to guide, but there are frugal tips, like using discarded pie

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