Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf spends $144,722, with Paychex as top payee

According to the most recent campaign finance reports made to the Pennsylvania Department of State, the Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf received no contributions to his campaign account and spent $144,722 between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. His current term ends in 2023.

Gov. Wolf is a member of the Democratic Party and first assumed office in 2015. The governor’s 2022 campaign finance reports are notable in contrast to the campaign finance contributions and expenditures of both his 2018 campaign for governor, and the reports of other incumbent governors this cycle.

Gov. Wolf’s reported campaign finance activity, by quarter (2017-2021)

Source: Transparency USA

Expenditures by Gov. Wolf

While Gov. Wolf received no new contributions this cycle, his campaign account reported $144,722 in expenditures, with 98.9 percent of all spending going to the 10 payees topping the list. 

Top Expenditures by Gov. Wolf (1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021)

RankTotal AmountPayee NamePayee Type
1.$79,718Paychex IncEntity
2.$19,500Cabbage Hill Consulting LLCEntity
3.$15,000Andrew George Barr Dba Stet CommunicationsEntity
4.$12,000Nate UrbanEntity
5.$9,000Gilbert & Wolfand PCEntity
6.$3,036Cheltenham Printing CompanyEntity
7.$2,677Cole PerkinsEntity
8.$907Intuit QuickbooksEntity
9.$900Google IncEntity
10.$432Drop BoxEntity

How Gov. Wolf’s fundraising compares to other governors

Among elected officials holding the same level of state office, fundraising varies widely. A number of factors, including whether an incumbent officeholder is running for reelection, influence donor activity. Here is how fundraising by Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf compares to the 10 other governors with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA in 2022:

Fundraising reported by 11 U.S. governors in the 2022 election cycle

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Pennsylvania PACs submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of State. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

Report NameReport Due Date
2021 Annual (C7)1/31/2022
2022 Pre-Primary (C1)3/17/2022
2022 Pre-Primary (C2)5/9/2022
2022 Post-Primary (C3)6/20/2022
2022 Pre-General (C4)9/22/2022
2022 Pre-General (C5)10/31/2022
2022 Post-General (C6)12/12/2022
2022 Annual (C7)2/1/2023

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.