North Carolina Secretary of State raises $24,928 this election cycle

According to the most recent campaign finance reports filed with the North Carolina State Board of Elections, North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall has raised $24,928 and spent $19,825 between Jan. 1, 2021 and Apr. 30, 2022. 

Marshall is a member of the Democratic Party and assumed office in 1996. In North Carolina, 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. Marshall’s current term ends in 2025.

Marshall’s reported campaign finance activity, by quarter (2017-2021)

Source: Transparency USA

Contributions to Marshall

Of the $24,928 already reported in the 2022 election cycle, 48.14 percent came from the top 10 donors.

Top Donors to Marshall (1/1/2021 – 4/30/2022)

RankTotal AmountDonor NameDonor Type
1.$3,000.00NC Realtors PACENTITY
2.$1,000.00James a PenryINDIVIDUAL
3.$1,000.00James C GulickINDIVIDUAL
4.$1,000.00Joseph K GordonINDIVIDUAL
5.$1,000.00Larry E RobbinsINDIVIDUAL
6.$1,000.00Rodney S MaddoxINDIVIDUAL
7.$1,000.00Smedes G YorkINDIVIDUAL
8.$1,000.00Van Ellen EureINDIVIDUAL
9.$1,000.00William J Austin JrINDIVIDUAL
10.$1,000.00William W TooleINDIVIDUAL

Expenditures by Marshall

On the expenditures side, Marshall reported $19,825, with 96.25 percent of all spending going to the 10 payees topping this list. 

Top Expenditures by Marshall (1/1/2021 – 4/30/2022)

RankTotal AmountPayee NamePayee Type
1.$6,500.00RR CampaignsENTITY
2.$4,440.00Ngp Van IncENTITY
3.$4,050.00Integrated Solutions: PoliticalENTITY
4.$1,700.00North Carolina Democratic Party – BuildingENTITY
5.$600.00Mail ChimpENTITY
6.$500.00Side Street CafeENTITY
7.$408.00United States Postal ServiceENTITY
8.$375.00Empire Tenent – Empire PropertiesENTITY
9.$282.47Vantiv LLCENTITY
10.$225.89Act BlueENTITY

How donations to Marshall 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 Marshall 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 North Carolina 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.