Republicans outraise Democrats by 82% in North Carolina House 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 North Carolina House of Representatives, overall and by party. It is based on campaign finance reports that officeholders in and candidates for the House submitted to the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE). It includes activity between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021.

Top fundraisers in the North Carolina House of Representatives by party

The top fundraisers in North Carolina House of Representatives 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:

  • Graig R. Meyer – $101,891
  • Cynthia Ball – $96,401
  • Robert Reives – $92,813
  • Gale Adcock – $75,836
  • Brian Farkas – $75,501

In the Republican Party, the top fundraisers were:

  • Timothy K. Moore – $640,976
  • John Bell – $130,762
  • Brenden Jones – $128,450
  • Erin Paré – $120,051
  • John Szoka – $114,321

Fundraising totals

Overall, Democratic officeholders and candidates raised $1.05 million in this period. Republican officeholders and candidates raised $2.52 million. Combined, all House fundraisers in the January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021, filing period raised $3.58 million.

The five largest Democratic fundraisers were responsible for 42 percent of all Democratic House fundraising. The five largest Republican fundraisers were responsible for 45 percent of all Republican House fundraising.

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

TOP TEN FUNDRAISERS – NORTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021)

NameParty AffiliationRaisedSpent
Timothy K. MooreRepublican Party$640,976$193,527
John BellRepublican Party$130,762$54,196
Brenden JonesRepublican Party$128,450$67,955
Erin ParéRepublican Party$120,051$49,701
John SzokaRepublican Party$114,321$64,592
Graig R. MeyerDemocratic Party$101,891$31,528
Cynthia BallDemocratic Party$96,401$41,531
James DixonRepublican Party$94,850$121,861
Robert ReivesDemocratic Party$92,813$62,518
Keith KidwellRepublican Party$84,969$28,763

Campaign finance reporting periods

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that candidate PACs submitted to the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE). 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 Semiannual1/28/2022
2022 Q1 Plus5/10/2022
2022 Semiannual (only candidates not on 2022 ballot)7/29/2022
2022 Q3 Plus10/31/2022
2022 Q41/11/2023
2022 Year End Semiannual (only candidates not on 2022 ballot)1/27/2023

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.




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Kalyn Stralow