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 among Pennsylvania statewide officeholders and candidates, overall and by party. It is based on campaign finance reports that officeholders in and candidates for statewide elected offices submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of State. It includes activity between July 1, 2022, and Dec. 31, 2022.
Statewide political positions are typically offices in the executive and judicial branches of government rather than the legislative, and they most often represent all citizens in the state, rather than those in a particular district.
Top Pennsylvania statewide fundraisers by party
The top fundraisers among Pennsylvania statewide officeholders and candidates are shown below. Individuals are presented with the office that they were on the ballot for in 2022, if applicable. If no office is indicated, the person was an incumbent and was not on the ballot in 2022.
In the Democratic Party, the top fundraisers in the most recent semiannual reporting period were:
- Josh Shapiro (Governor) – $43,053,821
- Austin Davis (House of Representatives, District 35) – $70,355
- Brian Sims (Lieutenant Governor) – $15,067
In the Republican Party, the top fundraisers in the most recent semiannual reporting period were:
- Doug Mastriano (Governor) – $6,257,736
- Carrie DelRosso (Lieutenant Governor) – $445,373
- Jake Corman III (Governor) – $285,919
- Stacy Garrity – $191,875
- Scott Martin (Governor) – $67,783
Overall, Democratic officeholders and candidates raised $43.1 million in this period. Republican officeholders and candidates raised $7.3 million. Combined, all statewide officeholders and candidates in the July 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2022, filing period raised $50.4 million.
These were the only Democratic statewide executive fundraisers during this reporting period. The five largest Republican fundraisers were responsible for 99 percent of all Republican statewide officeholder and candidate fundraising.
The table below provides additional data from the campaign finance reports from the top 10 fundraisers during this period.
|TOP 10 FUNDRAISERS – Pennsylvania STATEWIDE OFFICEHOLDERS AND CANDIDATES (July 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2022)|
|Name||Party Affiliation||Office Sought||Raised||Spent|
|Governor Josh Shapiro||Democratic Party||Governor||$43,053,821||$51,179,548|
|Senator Doug Mastriano||Republican Party||Governor||$6,257,736||$5,620,184|
|Carrie DelRosso||Republican Party||Lieutenant Governor||$445,373||$227,381|
|Jake Corman III||Republican Party||Governor||$285,919||$324,660|
|Treasurer Stacy Garrity||Republican Party||Not on the 2022 ballot||$191,875||$93,487|
|Lieutenant Governor Austin Davis||Democratic Party||House of Representatives||$70,355||$26,297|
|Senator Scott Martin||Republican Party||Governor||$67,783||$403,251|
|Bill McSwain||Republican Party||Governor||$24,802||$84,224|
|Brian Sims||Democratic Party||Lieutenant Governor||$15,067||$38,385|
|Auditor Timothy DeFoor||Republican Party||Not on the 2022 ballot||$12,894||$8,501|
Campaign finance reporting periods
The data above are based on campaign finance reports that candidate committees submitted to the Pennsylvania Department 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.