In the case of the money spent to help Brown’s campaign, the Realtors Fund was contacted earlier this summer by the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors, according to Michael Kelly, the treasurer of the independent expenditure group and director of government affairs at the Realtors trade group in Albany.
“We support Mayor Brown’s economic policies that we believe have led to tremendous progress over the last 10 to 15 years in the City of Buffalo,” Kelly said Tuesday. He added that the group believes Brown’s “leadership and experience” is needed to help the city in pandemic recovery efforts.
The head of the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The group’s members include real estate brokers, bankers, attorneys, appraisers, property managers and salespeople.
The Brown and Walton campaigns also did not have an immediate comment.
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