Campaign finance requirements govern how much money candidates may receive from individuals and organizations, how often they must report those contributions, and how much individuals, organizations, and political entities may contribute to campaigns.
While campaign finance is not the only factor in electoral outcomes, successful fundraising can provide a candidate with advantages during a campaign. Fundraising can also indicate party momentum.
This article lists top fundraisers in the Arizona House of Representatives, overall and by party. It is based on campaign finance reports that officeholders in and candidates for the House submitted to the Arizona Secretary of State. It includes activity between July 1, 2022, and Dec. 31, 2022.
Top fundraisers in the Arizona House of Representatives by party
The top fundraisers in Arizona House of Representatives elections are shown below. Individuals are presented with the office that they were on the ballot for in 2022, if applicable.
In the Democratic Party, the top fundraisers in the most recent semiannual reporting period were:
- Laura Terech (District 4) – $251,301
- Judy Schwiebert (District 2) – $182,795
- Lorena Austin (District 9) – $178,240
- Seth Blattman (District 9) – $148,554
- Jennifer Pawlik (District 13) – $133,685
In the Republican Party, the top fundraisers in the most recent semiannual reporting period were:
- Matt Gress (District 4) – $314,653
- Justin Wilmeth (District 2) – $104,030
- Ben Toma (District 27) – $97,690
- Maria Syms (District 4) – $91,140
- Laurin Hendrix (District 14) – $77,550
Overall, Democratic officeholders and candidates raised $2.1 million in this period. Republican officeholders and candidates raised $2.0 million. Combined, all House fundraisers in the July 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2022, filing period raised $4.0 million.
The five largest Democratic fundraisers were responsible for 44 percent of all Democratic House fundraising. The five largest Republican fundraisers were responsible for 35 percent of all Republican House fundraising.
The table below provides additional data from the campaign finance reports from the top 10 fundraisers during this period.
|TOP 10 FUNDRAISERS – ARIZONA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (July 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2022)|
|Matt Gress||Republican Party||$314,653||$446,227|
|Laura Terech||Democratic Party||$251,301||$320,467|
|Judy Schwiebert||Democratic Party||$182,795||$261,890|
|Lorena Austin||Democratic Party||$178,240||$212,530|
|Seth Blattman||Democratic Party||$148,554||$146,862|
|Jennifer Pawlik||Democratic Party||$133,685||$157,411|
|Justin Wilmeth||Republican Party||$104,030||$89,662|
|Ben Toma||Republican Party||$97,690||$81,155|
|Maria Syms||Republican Party||$91,140||$117,495|
|Dana Allmond||Democratic Party||$79,563||$81,243|
Campaign finance reporting periods
The data above are based on campaign finance reports that candidate committees submitted to the Arizona Secretary of State. Candidate committees represent individuals who have run for state or local office at any point, including past and present officeholders. This article does not include non-candidate committees. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines.