The 3rd largest contributor to political campaigns (per http://www.opensecrets.org/) is the National Association of REALTORS®. Since the 1996 election cycle, NAR contributions to Democrat candidates have increased in every cycle. This cycle, it's exponential. For the first time in a long time, giving to Dems will surpass 50%.
Here are the numbers.
Granted, we are still relatively early in this cycle, and the numbers could even out, but I'll bet they don't.
I wonder if it has something to do with the real estate bust?
I don't have an answer, but contributions/NAR support seems to be on hold until we have a clear choice of candidates. Notice that giving by the NAR peaked back in 2002.
The blurb on the opensecrets.org site says "One of its biggest issues in recent years has been a move toward deregulating the financial services industry. For years, real estate agents have successfully warded off attempts by banking interests to delve into the sale and management of property."
It will be interesting to see if that continues to be an issue this time, as banks have taken a beating in the real estate market.
And that's the real estate opinion of this Tucson, Arizona mortgage lender,Mike in Tucson
EDIT: Click HERE to see who NAR supported in your congressional district.