According to the most recent campaign finance reports filed with the California Secretary of State, California Attorney General Rob Bonta has raised $8.7 million and spent $8.6 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and May 21, 2022. Bonta is currently ranked fourth in state-level donations in the 2022 election cycle.
Bonta is a member of the Democratic Party and assumed office in 2021. In California, the attorney general is an elected position. The primary job of a state attorney general is to serve as chief legal adviser to the agencies and legislative organs that make up his or her state’s government, in addition to the citizens residing within the state. Bonta is running for re-election in 2022.
Bonta’s reported campaign finance activity, by quarter (2017-2022)
Contributions to Bonta
Of the $8.7 million already reported in the 2022 election cycle, 17.1 percent came from the top 10 donors.
Top Donors to Bonta (1/1/2021 – 5/21/2022)
|Rank||Total Amount||Donor Name||Donor Type|
|1.||$508,100.00||California Correctional Peace Officers Association PAC||ENTITY|
|2.||$458,100.00||Smart Justice California Action Fund||ENTITY|
|3.||$167,042.01||Californians Supporting Rob Bonta for Attorney General 2022 Sponsored by Labor Organizations||ENTITY|
|4.||$100,000.00||Mary Quinn Delaney||INDIVIDUAL|
|6.||$50,000.00||Mary Quinn Delaney||INDIVIDUAL|
|7.||$34,900.00||Raise the Wage California Sponsored by the California State Council of Service Employees and Its Affiliates||ENTITY|
|8.||$32,400.00||California Conference Board Amalgamated Transit Union PAC||ENTITY|
|9.||$32,400.00||California State Association of Electrical Workers||ENTITY|
|10.||$32,400.00||California State Pipe Trades Council PAC||ENTITY|
Expenditures by Bonta
Bonta reported $8.6 million in expenditures, with 69.5 percent going to the 10 payees topping this list. “Payees” are entities or individuals listed as the recipients of campaign expenditures, and may include vendors, campaign accounts, and transfers.
Top Expenditures by Bonta (1/1/2021 – 5/21/2022)
|Rank||Total Amount||Payee Name||Payee Type|
|2.||$2,125,500.00||Sadler Strategic Media Inc||ENTITY|
|3.||$252,152.50||KABC – TV||ENTITY|
|4.||$250,000.00||Yosemite Consulting LLC||ENTITY|
|5.||$207,378.75||KGO – TV||ENTITY|
|6.||$195,236.50||KNBC – TV||ENTITY|
|7.||$175,000.00||Grace Public Affairs LLC||ENTITY|
|8.||$158,049.94||Bearstar Strategies Inc||ENTITY|
|9.||$135,638.75||KCBS – TV||ENTITY|
|10.||$134,016.31||Bertolina & Barnato Consulting||ENTITY|
How donations to Bonta 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 Bonta’s donations compares to the 10 other attorney generals with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA in 2022:
Across the U.S., 27 attorney generals are members of the Republican Party and 23 are members of the Democratic Party. Voters elect the attorney general in 43 states, while they are chosen by a state government organ in the other seven. In 2022, 30 states are holding elections for the position.
The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active California PACs submitted to the California 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 Name||Due Date|
|1st Pre-Election – Primary||4/28/2022|
|2nd Pre-Election – Primary||5/26/2022|
|1st Pre-Election – General||9/29/2022|
|2nd Pre- Election – General||10/27/2022|