NAR flexes political muscle

Rally in nation's capital draws 15,000

WASHINGTON — Thousands of Realtors gathered around the Washington Monument today in a demonstration of the National Association of Realtors’ political clout.

NAR — fourth on the Center for Responsive Politics’ "Heavy Hitters" list of top political donors, with $41.9 million in political donations since 1989 — upped its game last year, approving a $40-a-year dues increase for its nearly 1 million members to raise $80 million in "soft money" for political advocacy at the local, state and federal level this year and next.