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NAR weighs use of ‘soft money’

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WASHINGTON -- The National Association of Realtors is looking to make the most of a recent Supreme Court decision that  allows corporations and nonprofits to play a greater role in political campaigns by making independent expenditures for or against issues and candidates running for federal office.NAR President Vicki Cox Golder has created an advisory group, which is seeking guidance from Realtor associations around the country, to study the impact of the decision, said Cathy Whatley, the group's chairwoman."This is not a uniform issue for one constituency," Whatley told NAR government affairs directors attending the group's Midyear Conference & Trade Expo Friday. "This is an opportunity to up our game."The ruling means that NAR can use money from its own treasury -- including dues dollars -- to pay for ads that support or oppose candidates and issues the group has a stake in.Before the controversial Jan. 21 decision in Citizens United v. FEC -- which opens th...