Real Estate Giving Dominates Utah Politics

Here’s an interesting map that shows which industries dominate political giving in each state. In Utah, real estate interests are the major donors in state-level politics.

Mother Jones used data from Follow The Money to map the industries that donate the most to state-level candidates.

It’s important to note that many contributions are made by individuals, and an individual donor’s industry or occupation is not necessarily connected to their giving. We could expect gifts under the category of “Health,” for instance, to include both donations from hospital chains and the personal contributions of doctors and nurses.

To make the map easier to read, we grouped related industries under a single color. “Real Estate” for instance, includes donations by individuals and groups connected to both construction and the sale of buildings.