Arizona senate president raises $262,331 this election cycle

According to campaign finance reports filed with the Arizona Secretary of State, Arizona State Senator Karen Fann has raised $262,331 and spent $243,062 between Jan. 1, 2021, and Apr. 15, 2022. Fann currently serves as the president of the state senate.

Fann is a member of the Republican Party and assumed office in 2019. In Arizona, the president of the senate is a state senator elected to the role by the members of the chamber. The primary job of a state senate president is to preside over legislative sessions and ensure that members of the chamber abide by procedural rules. Fann’s term ends in 2023.

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

Contributions to Fann

Of the $262,331 already reported in the 2022 election cycle, $241,405 came from the top 10 donors. 

Top Donors to Fann (1/1/2021 – 4/15/2022)

RankTotal AmountDonor NameDonor Type
1.$232,905.34Karen Fann*Entity
2.$1,500.00Associations Inc PAC/associa PACEntity
3.$1,000.00Adam HawkinsIndividual
4.$1,000.00Jeff SandquistIndividual
5.$1,000.00Jeremy SteinIndividual
6.$1,000.00Jessica PachecoIndividual
7.$1,000.00Pinnacle West Capital Corporation PACEntity
8.$1,000.00Wendy BriggsIndividual
9.$500.00AZ Acre PAC (Action Committee for Rural Electrification)Entity
10.$500.00Arizona at&t PACEntity

Expenditures by Fann

Fann reported $243,062 in expenditures, with $237,085 going to the 10 payees topping this list. 

Top Expenditures by Fann (1/1/2021 – 4/25/2022)

RankTotal AmountPayee NamePayee Type
1.$232,905.34Karen Fann*Entity
4.$547.50Costco WholesaleEntity
5.$538.49Anedot IncEntity
7.$440.70Red LobsterEntity
9.$365.17Steak 44Entity
10.$299.76Oak on CamelbackENTITY

*For candidates with more than one campaign account, transferring money between accounts will appear as a donation on one account’s reports and an expenditure on the other. The majority of reported campaign finance activity for Sen. Fann in the 2022 election cycle reflects a single transaction of this nature.

How donations to Fann compare to the equivalent role in other states

A number of factors, including whether the position holder is the lieutenant governor or a state senator, can influence donor activity. Here is how Fann compares to the 10 other senate presidents with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA in 2022:

Across the U.S., 30 senate presidents are members of the Republican Party and 19 are members of the Democratic Party, with one vacancy. The lieutenant governor serves as the president of the senate in 25 states. In other states, the president of the senate is a state senator chosen by the members of the chamber. 

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.

Arizona ReportsReport 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.