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National realtors group drops $659k in Seattle, Spokane elections

A ballot drobox at the Spokane County Courthouse.
Rebecca White
A ballot drobox at the Spokane County Courthouse.

The National Association of Realtors is spending big to back candidates in Seattle and Spokane this election cycle.

According to anOct. 6 filing with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, NAR spent $225,781 in support of Seattle City Council candidates and $150,779 on Spokane City Council and mayoral candidates in the general election. NAR spent an additional $282,745 in Spokane during the primary, according to aJuly 7 filing. 

In Seattle, the Association spent $61,324 in support ofTanya Woo, District 2; $54,425 forJoy Hollingsworth, District 3; $57,404 forMaritza Rivera, District 4; and $52,628 for Bob Kettle, District 7. The money paid for direct mail, phone banking and online advertising in support of the candidates.

In Spokane, NAR spent $99,008 in support ofmayoral candidate Nadine Woodward during the primary and another $4,165 for the general election so far. In the races for Spokane City Council, the group has spent $13,256 on Michael Cathcart (District 1) in the general and $66,574 on Earl Moore (District 3); $184,672 on Kim Plese (City Council President); and $65,847 on Katey Treloar (District 2) in the primary and general.

Crosscut reached out to the National Association of Realtors for comment on their investments in Seattle and Spokane elections and will update this story if they respond.

Chicago-based NAR is the country’s largest real estate industry trade association with more than 1.5 million members. The Association recentlymade national headlines when several of the country’s largest real estate brokerages, includingSeattle-based Redfin, announced they were leaving the organization in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against its leadership and two antitrust class-action lawsuits.


This story was originally publishedby Crosscut.