As the homes of millions of renters across the U.S. were threatened this week\u0026nbsp;by the White House\u0026#039;s and Congress\u0026#039;s refusal to extend the eviction moratorium put in place\u0026nbsp;by the\u0026nbsp;Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Democrats\u0026#039; inaction was directly\u0026nbsp;benefiting some of the party\u0026#039;s\u0026nbsp;biggest\u0026nbsp;backers in the real estate industry.\r\n\r\n\u0022It\u0026#039;s not shocking, because we have seen this pattern again and again. What is shocking is that millions of people are at risk of not just becoming homeless, but also getting a deadly disease.\u0022\r\n—Sara Myklebust, Georgetown University\r\n\r\nAs Andrew Perez and Joel Warner reported in The Daily Poster on Tuesday, the chairman of\u0026nbsp;both the\u0026nbsp;real estate brokerage firm Marcus \u0026amp; Millichap and the real estate investment trust Essex Property Trust\u0026nbsp;donated $1 million\u0026nbsp;to\u0026nbsp;the House Majority PAC on June 1, days after the CDC extended the moratorium until late June.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nChairman George Marcus also donated\u0026nbsp;$263,400\u0026nbsp;that same month to a committee that\u0026nbsp;benefits the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi\u0026#039;s campaign, and contributed\u0026nbsp;at least $6.5 million to PACs that work to elect Democrats to the Senate and House.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nThe Daily Poster suggested that while Marcus and his companies are wealthy—with the chairman part of a group of landlords whose personal fortunes increased\u0026nbsp;by nearly $25\u0026nbsp;billion since the pandemic\u0026nbsp;began—both\u0026nbsp;Marcus \u0026amp; Millichap and Essex Property Trust stood to\u0026nbsp;benefit from the eviction moratorium\u0026nbsp;being allowed to expire.\r\n\r\nMarcus \u0026amp; Millichap, the largest commercial real estate\u0026nbsp;brokerage\u0026nbsp;in North America,\u0026nbsp;reported that it had a \u0022tough year\u0022 in 2020, with sales transactions down 17.9% from 2019.\u0026nbsp;Essex Property Trust, which owns or partially owns more than 60,000 apartments in California and Washington and donated $23.5 million to committees that opposed rent control measures in recent election cycles, reported it was directly impacted\u0026nbsp;by the pandemic and the eviction moratorium.\r\n\r\nEssex\u0026#039;s \u0022cash delinquency rate\u0022 was “higher than the pre-pandemic period, but improved from 4.3% for the three months ended June 30, 2020 to 2.6% for the three months ended June 30, 2021,\u0022 The Daily Poster reported.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nThe company is currently working \u0022with residents to collect such cash delinquencies,\u0022 and CEO Michael Schall said last week that it expects rent payments to return to normal levels \u0022as more workers enter the workforce and eviction protections lapse.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe reporting bolstered a claim made\u0026nbsp;by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) on MSNBC last week as the Democrats failed to vote for an extension of the eviction moratorium, sparking outrage among progressives in Congress including Reps. Cori\u0026nbsp;Bush (D-Mo.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).\r\n\r\n\u0022The reason they\u0026#039;re not bringing it for a vote is because some Democrats privately have tried to kill this bill because of special interest of Realtors and other groups,” Khanna said. \u0022And it is unconscionable that we don\u0026#039;t\u0026nbsp;have a vote on the House floor, that we\u0026#039;re protecting some members to kill this behind closed doors and aren\u0026#039;t being transparent. It\u0026#039;s just wrong.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Real estate developer money unites the Democratic Party,\u0022 tweeted Jackie Fielder of Daybreak PAC\u0026nbsp;last week as it\u0026nbsp;became clear the Democrats would not keep the moratorium from expiring.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSara Myklebust of Georgetown University\u0026#039;s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor told The Daily Poster that Marcus\u0026#039;s donations to Democratic candidates and PACs was part of \u0022a pattern of landlords having close relationships as a result of money and influence.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022It\u0026#039;s not shocking, because we have seen this pattern again and again,\u0022\u0026nbsp;Myklebust\u0026nbsp;told the outlet. \u0022What is shocking is that millions of people are at risk of not just becoming homeless, but also getting a deadly disease.\u0022\r\n\r\nAs Common Dreams reported last week, 4.2 million people across the U.S. say they are likely to face an eviction or foreclosure in the near future, and research (pdf) by\u0026nbsp;epidemiologists\u0026nbsp;at the University of California in Los Angeles showed\u0026nbsp;that unhoused people are up to 50% more likely to die from Covid-19 than people who aren\u0026#039;t facing homelessness.\r\n\r\nIn addition to Marcus\u0026#039;s financial\u0026nbsp;backing of Democrats, The Daily Poster detailed a $2.3 million donation from private equity firm The\u0026nbsp;Blackstone Group to the Senate Majority PAC and the\u0026nbsp;bundling of hundreds of thousands of dollars\u0026nbsp;by lobbyists for real estate interests for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).\r\n\r\nMeanwhile, advocates for reinstating the moratorium have continued to demand Democrats—both in the White House and Congress—take immediate action to stave off the crisis.\r\n\r\n\u0022In our interconnected economy, it is simply not an option to abandon so many Americans to\u0026nbsp;financial ruin,\u0022 said Morris Pearl, chair of Patriotic Millionaires. \u0022This isn\u0026#039;t just bad for\u0026nbsp;tenants behind on rent—in the long run it\u0026#039;s\u0026nbsp;bad for landlords too.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Letting millions of Americans be evicted over the next few months would be a disaster for the entire country, and Congress and the White House have a responsibility to stop this looming catastrophe,\u0022 Pearl added.