In Pennsylvania politics, non-candidate political action committees (PACs) have received $229.5 million in total donations between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021. The top 10 PACs raised more than $81.5 million, or 36 percent of all donations made to state-level PACs.
These are the top 10 PACs in Pennsylvania state-level politics in the 2022 election cycle, according to the most recent campaign finance reports submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of State:
Top 10 Pennsylvania PACs (1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021)
|Rank||Donor Name||Total Donations|
|1||DNC Services Corp /Democratic National Committee||$24,985,293|
|2||Students First PAC||$13,520,000|
|3||Commonwealth Children’s Choice Fund||$12,908,948|
|4||PA Democratic Party||$4,847,760|
|5||American Federation of Teachers, Afl-Cio Cope (Aft/cope)||$4,712,995|
|6||House Republican Campaign Committee||$4,710,209|
|7||International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 Committee on Political Education||$4,697,953|
|8||Senate Republican Campaign Committee||$4,031,543|
|9||National Democratic Redistricting Committee||$3,695,321|
|10||DGA Victory Fund||$3,412,346|
A PAC is broadly defined as a group that spends money on elections. They may be established and administered by corporations, labor unions, membership organizations, or trade associations.
The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Pennsylvania PACs submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of State. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.
|Report Name||Report Due Date|
|2021 Annual (C7)||1/31/2022|
|2022 Pre-Primary (C1)||4/05/2022|
|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|
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