Virginia senate president raises $21,336 this election cycle

According to campaign finance reports filed with the Virginia Department of Elections, Virginia Lt. Governor Winsome Earle-Sears has raised $21,336 and spent $156,689 between Jan. 1, 2022, and Jun. 9, 2022. Earle-Sears currently serves as the president of the state senate.

Earle-Sears is a member of the Republican Party and assumed office in 2022. In Virginia, the president of the senate is one of the roles of the lieutenant governor.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. Earle-Sears’ current term ends in 2026.

Earle-Sears’ reported campaign finance activity, by quarter (2021-2022)

Source: Transparency USA

Contributions to Earle-Sears

Of the $21,336 already reported in the current election cycle, $18,836 came from the top 10 donors.

Top Donors to Earle-Sears (1/1/2022 – 6/9/2022)

RankTotal AmountDonor NameDonor Type
1.$5,000.00Michael BarleyIndividual
2.$2,467.86Aggregated Unitemized Cash Contributions*Individual
3.$2,381.00Richard NormanIndividual
4.$2,116.67Eberle CommunicationsEntity
5.$2,000.00Black American’s PAC Bampac FederalEntity
6.$1,000.00Irfan K AliIndividual
7.$1,000.00Jack HughesIndividual
8.$1,000.00Laurie AvilaIndividual
9.$1,000.00Stephen ClouseIndividual
10.$870.93Mdi Imaging & Mail LLCEntity
*Total of all cash donations below threshold requiring a detailed, itemized campaign finance report entry. 

Expenditures by Earle-Sears

Earle-Sears reported $156,689 in expenditures, with $135,897 going to the 10 payees topping this list. 

Top Expenditures by Earle-Sears (1/1/2022 – 6/9/2022)

RankTotal AmountPayee NamePayee Type
1.$54,404.49Winsome PACEntity
2.$17,392.75Cnt LLCEntity
3.$12,447.02Winsome SearsIndividual
4.$12,197.08Camp Strategic LLCEntity
5.$11,045.0040 Acres and Mule 15 LLCEntity
6.$6,869.70Red Curve SolutionsEntity
7.$6,650.00Tracey TempleEntity
8.$6,481.67Janel SearsIndividual
9.$4,350.00Ashby Law PLLCEntity
10.$4,059.10Beacon Hill Group LLCEntity

State senate presidents across the United States

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 Virginia PACs submitted to the Virginia Department 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 Jan Semiannual1/15/2022
2022 Pre- Primary6/13/2022
2022 Jul Semiannual 7/15/2022
2023 Jan Semiannual1/15/2023

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.