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Kan. Realtor group spent $195K on ads about taxes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The Kansas Association of Realtors spent $195,000 in January on advertising designed to build pressure on legislators to preserve two popular income tax deductions for homeowners.

The association disclosed the spending in a report on its lobbying activities filed with the secretary of state earlier this month. The group opposes Gov. Sam Brownback's proposals to scrap income tax deductions for property taxes on homes and interest on home mortgages.

Realtor lobbyist Luke Bell said Wednesday the association ran spots for two weeks on 35 radio stations and published ads in 13 newspapers. It also ran ads on websites.

The group reported spending about $152,000 for all of 2012, most of it on advertising or communications with members to get them to pressure lawmakers.