Republicans outraise Democrats by 171% in Arizona Senate races

Campaign finance requirements govern how much money candidates may receive from individuals and organizations, how often they must report those contributions, and how much individuals, organizations, and political entities may contribute to campaigns.

While campaign finance is not the only factor in electoral outcomes, successful fundraising can provide a candidate with advantages during a campaign. Fundraising can also indicate party momentum.

This article lists top fundraisers in the Arizona State Senate, overall and by party. It is based on campaign finance reports that officeholders in and candidates for the State Senate submitted to the Arizona Secretary of State. It includes activity between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021.

Top fundraisers in the Arizona State Senate by party

The top fundraisers in Arizona State Senate elections are shown below. Individuals are presented with the office that they are on the ballot for in 2022, if applicable.

In the Democratic Party, the top fundraisers were:

  • Martin Quezada – $93,171
  • Christine Marsh – $51,532
  • Stephanie Stahl Hamilton – $22,371
  • Raquel Terán – $21,410
  • Rebecca Rios – $17,750

In the Republican Party, the top fundraisers were:

  • Wendy Rogers (District 6) – $2,454,515
  • Karen Fann – $258,081
  • Michelle Ugenti-Rita – $112,222
  • Vince Leach – $79,966
  • T.J. Shope – $65,374

Fundraising totals

Overall, Democratic officeholders and candidates raised $253,711 in this period. Republican officeholders and candidates raised $3.23 million. Combined, all State Senate fundraisers in the January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021, filing period raised $3.49 million.

The five largest Democratic fundraisers were responsible for 81 percent of all Democratic State Senate fundraising. The five largest Republican fundraisers were responsible for 92 percent of all Republican State Senate fundraising.

The table below provides additional data from the campaign finance reports from the top ten fundraisers during this period.

TOP TEN FUNDRAISERS – ARIZONA STATE SENATE (January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021)

NameParty AffiliationRaisedSpent
Wendy RogersRepublican Party$2,454,515$891,444
Karen FannRepublican Party$258,081$242,023
Michelle Ugenti-RitaRepublican Party$112,222$67,677
Martin QuezadaDemocratic Party$93,171$43,997
Vince LeachRepublican Party$79,966$9,219
T.J. ShopeRepublican Party$65,374$29,702
Christine MarshDemocratic Party$51,532$12,647
Anthony KernRepublican Party$44,858$25,608
Nancy K. BartoRepublican Party$43,625$13,906
David GowanRepublican Party$32,205$9,374

Campaign finance reporting periods

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that candidate PACs submitted to the Arizona Secretary of State. Candidate PACs represent individuals who have run for state or local office at any point, including past and present officeholders. This article does not include non-candidate PACs. In 2022, Transparency USA will publish campaign finance data after the following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

Report NameReport Due Date
2022 Q14/15/2022
2022 Q27/15/2022
2022 Pre-Primary7/23/2022
2022 Post-Primary and Q310/15/2022
2022 Pre-General10/29/2022
2022 Post-General and Q41/17/2023

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.