California Democratic candidates have spent $115.4 million more than Republicans

In California, state-level candidates have spent $378.9 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and Oct. 22, 2022. Democratic candidates have spent $233.5 million and Republican candidates have spent $118.1 million. 

California Campaign Finance Snapshot (1/1/2021 – 10/22/2022)

Top 10 Democratic candidates, by expenditures (1/1/2021 – 10/22/2022)

In the 2022 election cycle, 268 state-level Democrats have filed campaign finance reports with the California Secretary of State. Here are the 10 Democratic candidates who have spent the most.

RankDemocratic CandidateTotal spent
1.Gavin Newsom$25,580,140.56
2.Rob Bonta$13,241,193.89
3.Yvonne Yiu$10,281,809.86
4.Steven Glazer$6,240,610.77
5.Melissa Hurtado$5,695,190.24
6.Ken Cooley$5,249,316.37
7.Marc Levine$4,694,065.47
8.Malia Cohen$4,648,471.16
9.Catherine Blakespear$4,624,061.66
10.Jim Cooper$4,052,752.27

Top 10 Republican candidates, by expenditures (10/22/2021 – 10/22/2022)

During the same time period, 151 Republicans have filed campaign finance reports with the California Secretary of State. These are the 10 Republican candidates with the highest reported expenditures for the 2022 election cycle so far.

RankRepublican CandidateTotal spent
1.Larry Elder$21,142,425.63
2.John Cox$19,321,627.53
3.Nathan Hochman$5,465,864.73
4.Lanhee Chen$5,361,527.45
5.Kevin Faulconer$3,620,461.30
6.Brian Dahle$3,284,659.73
7.James Gallagher$3,190,828.70
8.Matt Gunderson$3,104,577.13
9.Frank Bigelow$2,527,392.58
10.Kevin Kiley$2,291,886.29 

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 California candidate 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 NameDue Date
1st Pre-Election – Primary4/28/2022
2nd Pre-Election – Primary5/26/2022
1st Pre-Election – General9/29/2022
2nd Pre- Election – General10/27/2022

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.