Arizona Speaker Bowers raises $20,400 this election cycle

According to the most recent campaign finance reports made to the Arizona Secretary of State, Arizona House Speaker Russell Bowers has raised $20,400 and spent $2,552 between Jan. 1, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021. 

The speaker of the Arizona House is the leader of the state’s lower chamber. Rep. Bowers is a member of the Republican Party and has served as a state representative since 2015. His current term ends in 2022.

Rep. Bowers’ reported campaign finance activity, by quarter (2017-2021)

Source: Transparency USA

Contributions to Rep. Bowers

Of the $20,400 already reported in the 2022 election cycle, 41.7 percent came from the top 10 donors.

Top Donors to Bowers (1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021)

RankDonor Name Total AmountType
1.$1,000.00Adam HawkinsIndividual
2.$1,000.00Cigna Corporation Employee PACEntity
3.$1,000.00The Home Depot Inc PACEntity
4.$1,000.00Jeff SandquistIndividual
5.$1,000.00Jessica BasingerIndividual
6.$1,000.00Jessica PachecoIndividual
7.$1,000.00Wendy BriggsIndividual
8.$500.00AZ Acre PAC (Action Committee for Rural Electrification)Entity
9.$500.00Arizona Lodging and Tourism PACEntity
10.$500.00Associations Inc PAC/associa PACEntity

Expenditures by Rep. Bowers

On the expenditures side, Bowers reported $2,552, with 100 percent of all spending going to the four payees on the list. 

Top Expenditures by Bowers (1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021)

RankPayee Name Total AmountType
1.$2,026.20Max SkabelundIndividual
2.$245.80Pay PalEntity
4.$75.43First Watch CafeEntity

How Rep. Bowers’s fundraising compares to other state speakers

Among members of the state legislature, fundraising varies widely. A number of factors, including whether an incumbent officeholder is running for re-election, influence donor activity. Here is how fundraising by Bowers compares to the nine other state speakers with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA for the 2022 election cycle:

Fundraising reported by 10 state speakers in the 2022 election cycle

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Arizona PACs submitted to the Arizona Secretary 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
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.