North Carolina attorney general raises $2.3 million this election cycle

According to the most recent campaign finance reports filed with the North Carolina State Board of Elections, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has raised $2.3 million and spent $546,806 between Jan. 1, 2021, and Apr. 30, 2022. Stein has raised more money than any other state-level candidate in the 2022 election cycle.

Stein is a member of the DemocraticParty and assumed office in 2017. In North Carolina, 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. Stein’s current term ends in 2025.

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

Source: Transparency USA

Contributions to Stein

Of the $2.3 million already reported in the 2022 election cycle, 6.6 percent came from the top 10 donors.

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

RankTotal AmountDonor NameDonor Type
1.$55,915.95GMMB IncENTITY
2.$11,600.00Lonna and Richard HarkraderINDIVIDUAL
3.$11,200.00Anne PizerINDIVIDUAL
4.$11,200.00Edward S Holmes JrINDIVIDUAL
5.$11,200.00George B AutryINDIVIDUAL
6.$11,200.00Louise M and Derek WinstanlyINDIVIDUAL
7.$11,200.00Shauna and Sam L SearcyINDIVIDUAL
8.$11,200.00Sonya and Robert R StevanovskiINDIVIDUAL
9.$11,200.00William PizerINDIVIDUAL
10.$8,100.00Andrea J HaganINDIVIDUAL

Expenditures by Stein

Stein reported $546,806 in expenditures, with 82 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 Stein (1/1/2021 – 4/30/2022)

RankTotal AmountPayee NamePayee Type
1.$108,830.00Authentic Campaigns IncENTITY
2.$89,155.15Nexus Strategies IncENTITY
3.$48,650.11Anna HuckINDIVIDUAL
4.$45,500.00Next Fund Consulting LLCENTITY
5.$34,301.98ADP as Depository for Payroll TaxesENTITY
6.$28,737.37RWT Production LLCENTITY
7.$28,737.06Paya Payment SolutionsENTITY
8.$24,800.60Windward Strategies IncENTITY
9.$21,884.53Vantiv LLCENTITY
10.$17,691.63Hannah SnowINDIVIDUAL

How donations to Stein 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 Stein’s donations compare 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 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

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.