The National Association of Realtors, which sent more money to federal candidates than any other political action committee in the 2012 election — and most of it to Republicans — is backing Florida Democrat Alex Sink ahead of a key special House election.
The Realtors’ PAC sent $10,000 on Jan. 6 to Sink, Florida’s former chief financial officer and the Democratic nominee in a March 11 election for the Tampa Bay-area seat formerly held by late Republican Bill Young. Sink’s campaign made the disclosure yesterday to the Federal Election Commission.
The Realtors’ PAC sent $3.96 million to federal candidates in the 2012 election, of which 55 percent went to Republicans and 44 percent to Democrats, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The PAC had $3.68 million in the bank at the end of November.
Humana Inc., a health insurance company, sent $2,500 to Sink through its PAC, the filing said. Reps. Lois Frankel of Florida and Anna Eshoo ad Loretta Sanchez of California also sent political donations.
Sink, who raised more than $1.1 million through Dec. 25, awaits the winner of a three-candidate Republican primary on Jan. 14. Florida’s 13th District takes in most of Gulfcoast Pinellas County and is politically competitive.
David Jolly, a lobbyist and former aide to Young, is backed by Beverly Young, the congressman’s widow.
State Rep. Kathleen Peters’s backers include House Republican women. Peters got a $1,000 donation yesterday from the political committee of former California Rep. Mary Bono Mack, who’s married to former Florida Rep. Connie Mack.
Mark Bircher, a pilot and retired Marine Corps Reserve brigadier general, is supported by former Rep. Allen West.