The National Association of Realtors spent another $235,000 in support of U.S. Rep. John Adler this week, bringing the total spent by the outside group to more than $500,000 on behalf of the Democratic incumbent.
Federal Election Commission records of third party expenditures shows that the Realtors on Monday spent $4,000 on “website design/production/operation” and an additional $60,000 on “internet ads” all in support of Adler.
The Realtors followed it up Tuesday with another $175,471 in direct mail costs to support their candidate. Those expenditures follow more than $330,000 the Realtors spent last week on a television ad, one day after endorsing Adler.
To date, the Realtors have spent twice what any other single group has spent in support of a New Jersey candidate. Adler’s opponent, Republican Jon Runyan, has been the beneficiary of about $300,000 in outside money to date according to the FEC – $175,000 from the American Future Fund and $122,000 from the National Republican Congressional Committee.
In several releases, Adler criticized Runyan for the third party support, saying anonymous special interests held too big of a place in government. A spokeswoman later said that there was a difference in the expenditures because the Realtors disclosed their donors while the American Future Fund does not.
The Realtors did not return a call for comment on their support of Adler.
New fundraising totals have not yet been posted by the FEC, but as of the last report dated June 30, Adler had nearly $2 million on hand to Runyan’s $471,000.
The third party support was made possible by a Supreme Court decision earlier this year allowing third parties, including corporations, to spend money in direct support of a candidate. In the past, such groups were limited to issue ads.