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 State Senate, overall and by party. It is based on campaign finance reports that officeholders in and candidates for the State Senate submitted to the Arizona Secretary of State. It includes activity between July 1, 2022, and Dec. 31, 2022.
Top fundraisers in the Arizona State Senate by party
The top fundraisers in Arizona State Senate 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:
- Christine Marsh (District 4) – $264,315
- Cindy Hans (District 13) – $260,451
- Eva Burch (District 9) – $244,904
- Jeanne Casteen (District 2) – $173,411
- Eva Diaz (District 22) – $110,746
In the Republican Party, the top fundraisers in the most recent semiannual reporting period were:
- Wendy Rogers (District 7) – $347,329
- Nancy K. Barto (District 4) – $272,657
- Russell Bowers (District 10) – $243,512
- Javan Daniel Mesnard (District 13) – $195,612
- Steve Kaiser (District 2) – $176,404
Overall, Democratic officeholders and candidates raised $1.8 million in this period. Republican officeholders and candidates raised $2.2 million. Combined, all State Senate fundraisers in the July 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2022, filing period raised $4.0 million.
The five largest Democratic fundraisers were responsible for 59 percent of all Democratic State Senate fundraising. The five largest Republican fundraisers were responsible for 56 percent of all Republican State Senate fundraising.
The table below provides additional data from the campaign finance reports from the top 10 fundraisers during this period.
|TOP 10 FUNDRAISERS – ARIZONA STATE SENATE (July 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2022)|
|Wendy Rogers||Republican Party||$347,329||$1,530,813|
|Nancy K. Barto||Republican Party||$272,657||$369,959|
|Christine Marsh||Democratic Party||$264,315||$398,031|
|Cindy Hans||Democratic Party||$260,451||$239,011|
|Eva Burch||Democratic Party||$244,904||$286,301|
|Russell Bowers||Republican Party||$243,512||$350,852|
|Javan Daniel Mesnard||Republican Party||$195,612||$243,964|
|Steve Kaiser||Republican Party||$176,404||$135,988|
|Jeanne Casteen||Democratic Party||$173,411||$228,094|
|Eva Diaz||Democratic Party||$110,746||$115,978|
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.