Arizona Secretary of State raises $3.69 million this election cycle

According to the most recent campaign finance reports filed with the Arizona Secretary of State’s office, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has raised $3.69 million and spent $2.19 million between Jan. 1, 2021 and Mar. 31, 2022. Hobbs is currently ranked third in state-level donations in the 2022 election cycle.

Hobbs is a member of the Democratic Party and assumed office in 2019. In Arizona, the secretary of State is an elected position. Duties vary by state but are generally administrative in nature and may include recordkeeping, certification of state documents, and serving as chief election official. Hobbs’ current term ends in 2023. She is running for Governor of Arizona in 2022.

Hobbs’ reported campaign finance activity, by quarter (2017-2022)

Source: Transparency USA

Contributions to Hobbs

Of the $3,694,059 already reported in the 2022 election cycle, 2.36 percent came from the top 10 donors.

Top Donors to Hobbs (1/1/2021 – 3/31/2021)

RankTotal AmountDonor Name Donor Type
1.$15,200.00Daryl KlingINDIVIDUAL
2.$15,000.00Lewis GuthrieINDIVIDUAL
3.$10,600.00United Food & Commercial Workers Union of AZ Local 99ENTITY
4.$10,500.00Donalyn MiklesINDIVIDUAL
5.$6,700.00Penelope M PestleINDIVIDUAL
6.$6,300.00Marleigh FletcherINDIVIDUAL
7.$6,189.57Internal Revenue ServiceENTITY
8.$5,700.00Richard B UsherINDIVIDUAL
9.$5,500.00Timothy ErnstINDIVIDUAL
10.$5,397.75Elizabeth CookINDIVIDUAL

Expenditures by Hobbs

On the expenditures side, Hobbs reported $2,192,498, with 6.20 percent of all spending going to the 10 payees topping this list. 

Top Expenditures by Hobbs (1/1/2021 – 3/31/2021)

RankTotal AmountPayee NamePayee Type
1.$639,300.00Authentic Campaigns IncENTITY
2.$128,340.34Alaina PembertonINDIVIDUAL
3.$114,289.49Internal Revenue Service FederalENTITY
4.$90,899.34Andrew MarkoffINDIVIDUAL
5.$71,926.94Vantiv EcommerceENTITY
6.$67,000.00The Money Wheel LLCENTITY
7.$64,837.33Saguaro Strategies LLCENTITY
8.$62,617.00Al Media LLCENTITY
9.$62,389.37Jenna RiveraINDIVIDUAL
10.$57,398.86Rosevely HuertaINDIVIDUAL

How donations to Hobbs compare to the same office in other states

Contributions vary widely among officeholders in the same role. A number of factors, including whether the position is appointed or elected, can influence donor activity. Here is how Hobbs compares to the 10 other state and commonwealth secretaries with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA in 2022:

Across the U.S., 27 secretaries of state are members of the Republican Party and 20 are members of the Democratic Party. Voters elect the secretary of state in 35 states, while they are appointed by either the governor or state legislature in the other 12. Alaska, Hawaii, and Utah do not have secretaries of state. In 2022, 27 states are holding elections for the position.

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.