North Carolina Republican candidates have spent $2.53 million more than Democrats

In North Carolina, candidates who have filed state campaign finance reports spent $25.07 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and Apr. 30, 2022. State-level Democratic candidates spent $6.72 million and Republican candidates spent $9.25 million. 

North Carolina Campaign Finance Snapshot (1/1/2021 – 4/13/2022)

*”Unclassified” candidates include municipal candidates who have filed state campaign finance reports in North Carolina. These candidates’ reports are included in total expenditures but not in state-level totals by party.

Top 10 Democratic candidates, by expenditures (1/1/2021 – 4/30/2022)

In the 2022 election cycle, 252 state-level Democrats have filed campaign finance reports with the North Carolina State Board of Elections. Here are the 10 Democratic candidates who have spent the most.

RankDemocratic CandidateTotal Spent
1.Josh Stein$546,806.21
2.Roy Cooper$472,590.75
3.Robert Ervin$329,229.98
4.Jay Chaudhuri$265,657.51
5.Kirk DeViere$184,952.08
6.Dimple Ajmera$179,183.82
7.Graig R Meyer$171,288.06
8.Jonah Garson$136,006.99
9.Val Applewhite$133,793.54
10.Cheri Beasley$123,200.51

Top 10 Republican candidates, by expenditures (1/1/2021 – 4/30/2022)

During the same time period, 274 Republicans have filed campaign finance reports with the North Carolina State Board of Elections. These are the 10 Republican candidates with the highest reported expenditures for the 2022 election cycle so far.

RankRepublican CandidateTotal Spent
1.Mark Robinson$799,762.71
2.Timothy K Moore$577,898.23
3.Phil E Berger$444,653.93
4.Dan Forest$439,081.42
5.Jim Perry$371,557.62
6.Trey Allen$322,385.23
7.Donnie Harrison$215,916.67
8.John Bell$197,676.59
9.Michael J Stading$192,262.39
10.Benton Sawrey$166,340.84

In some states, officeholders may make expenditures from their campaign accounts when they are not up for election. Those expenditures are included in candidate campaign finance 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

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.

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Kalyn Stralow