California Association of Realtors, Los Angeles, CA
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$4,586,621 to winners, $1,016,470 to losers
A trade organization with 155,000 members, the California Association of Realtors is an educational and advocacy group for Realtors that lobbies on the state and federal level. The group conducts research and helps members with licensing. The group was founded in Los Angeles in 1905 and now has more than 117 local member associations throughout the state. It sponsored and pushed for California's real estate license law and continues to lobby at the state and federal level. The group has given to more than 350 candidates throughout the state, donating to both Democrats and Republicans – about $5.3 million to Democrats and $4.4 million to Republicans.
Total contributions: $10,667,811
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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