With the control of the House and possibly the Senate at stake, construction unions and industry groups say their members are highly engaged in the 2010 mid-term congressional elections and are on track to equal, if not exceed, their political contributions for 2006, the last mid-term election year. Photo: Wilfredo Lee/AP Florida Senator Charlie Crist is getting more construction dollars than any other candidate. Contributions from construction industry associations and companies reached $40.7 million as of Sept. 13, according to their filings with the Federal Election Commission, says the Center for Responsive Politics. Construction donors gave a little more than
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.