The top 10 North Carolina candidates raised 22.4% of all donations

In North Carolina politics, state-level candidates and PACs raised $39.9 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021. More than $8.9 million or 22.4 percent of all donations was raised by the 10 individuals at the top of the list. 

Top 10 North Carolina candidates (1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021)

Here are the 10 North Carolina candidates who have raised the most money so far in the 2022 election cycle, according to the most recent campaign finance reports filed with the North Carolina State Board of Elections. 

RankCandidate Name Total DonationsTotal Expenditures
1.Josh Stein$2,332,043.98$546,806.21
2.Mark Robinson$2,036,085.53$799,762.71
3.Roy Cooper$1,212,059.87$472,590.75
4.Phil E Berger$671,074.29$157,913.74
5.Timothy K Moore$640,976.04$193,527.04
6.Mary Ann Baldwin$462,850.80$78,131.95
7.Lucy N Inman$405,109.44$75,351.49
8.Brent Jackson$402,879.14$90,501.26
9.Robert Ervin$383,075.92$120,695.40
10.Sam Searcy$381,210.00$3,383.14
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Donations to top candidates in 10 states during the 2022 election cycle

Among state-level candidates and officeholders, fundraising varies widely. A number of factors, including state-specific campaign finance regulations, influence how donor activity varies across states. Here is how donations to the top 10 North Carolina candidates compare to nine other states with data available from Transparency USA for the 2022 election cycle:

Comparison of donations to top 10 candidates, by state

RankStateDonations to Top 10 CandidatesTotal DonationsReporting Period
1Florida$110,704,048.67$532,230,957.551/1/2021 – 2/28/2022
2Texas$105,345,995.42$375,309,268.771/1/2021 – 2/19/2022
3Pennsylvania$34,501,470.61$343,783,026.521/1/2021 – 3/09/2022
4Michigan$25,358,422.95$89,192,492.111/1/2021 – 12/31/2021
5Ohio$24,752,903.97$79,210,717.621/1/2021 – 4/13/2022
6Arizona$22,291,313.55$72,806,908.751/1/2021 – 12/31/2021
7Wisconsin$19,907,524.3755,603,885.141/1/2021 – 3/21/2022
8North Carolina$8,927,365.01$39,859,339.461/1/2021 – 12/31/2021
9Indiana$7,661,472.0249,459,363.581/1/2021 – 4/8/2022
10Minnesota$5,201,704.60$36,935,152.761/1/2021 – 12/31/2021

In some states, officeholders may accept donations to their campaign accounts when they are not up for election. Any reported donations by those officeholders are included in candidate donation numbers.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active North Carolina candidate PACs submitted to the North Carolina State Board of Elections. 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 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.