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These 10 North Carolina donors gave over $3.0 million

In North Carolina politics, state-level candidates and political action committees have received $90.2 million in total donations between Jan. 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. The 10 largest donors gave more than $3.0 million, or 3 percent of all contributions.

These are the top 10 individual donors to North Carolina state-level candidates and political action committees (PACs) in the 2022 election cycle, according to campaign finance reports submitted to the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE):

Top 10 North Carolina Donors (1/1/2021 – 6/30/2022)

Rank Donor Name Total Donations
1 Shauna and Sam L Searcy $422,833
2 Eric Schmidt $375,000
3 Linda K Griffin $364,911
4 Ann B and James Goodnight $325,400
5 Maria C and Robert L Luddy $320,000
6 John M Kane $257,400
7 Christy King Mack $250,000
8 Robert Price $230,000
9 Various Various $220,188
10 Karla T Jurvetson $218,440

The list of North Carolina donors in this time period includes more than 1,395 individuals identified by name in the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE)’s public records.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active North Carolina PACs submitted to the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE). Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies.

Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports. Data from additional reports due in between the deadlines below are published along with the reports listed here.

Report Name Report Due Date
2022 Semiannual 1/28/2022
2022 Q1 Plus 5/10/2022
2022 Semiannual (only candidates not on 2022 ballot) 7/29/2022
2022 Q3 Plus 10/31/2022
2022 Q4 1/11/2023
2022 Year End Semiannual (only candidates not on 2022 ballot) 1/27/2023

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.



All candidates for North Carolina House of Representatives District 115 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for North Carolina House of Representatives District 115 — Lindsey Prather (D) and Pratik Bhakta (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of North Carolina’s state legislature. North Carolina is one of 13 states with a divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Prather:               

  • “Public education is essential to our democracy”
  • “Good government shouldn’t be taken for granted- ethics, transparency, hard work”
  • “Our health and the health of our environment are closely tied”

Bhakta:   

  • “Conservative”
  • “Serving the Public”
  • “Family Values”

Click on candidates’ profile pages below to read their full responses to this and other questions.

We ask all federal, state, and local candidates with profiles on Ballotpedia to complete a survey and share what motivates them on political and personal levels. Ask the candidates in your area to fill out the survey.

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Timothy K. Moore spent more than any other Republican House candidate or officeholder in North Carolina

North Carolina Republican House candidates and officeholders have spent $5.6 million during the 2022 election cycle. Among state representatives and candidates, Timothy K. Moore has spent more than any other Republican.

Moore is the representative for North Carolina House District 111 and is running for re-election in 2022. Moore raised $1.7 million and spent $643,170 between Jan. 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. According to North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) reports, Moore spent the most money with the following individual payees and PACs.

Timothy K. Moore’s Top 10 Payees, (1/1/2021 – 6/30/2022)

Of the $643,170 in reported expenditures, $491,622 went to these 10 payees:

Total Expenditures Name Type
$260,000 North Carolina Republican House Caucus ENTITY
$56,500 Shook Consulting ENTITY
$53,496 American Express Card ENTITY
$30,000 Public Opinion Strategies ENTITY
$27,000 Tim Moore Attorney at Law ENTITY
$21,534 Anedot Inc ENTITY
$15,000 Carolina Public Affairs ENTITY
$10,000 Faith and Freedom Coalition ENTITY
$9,592 Direct Edge Campaigns LLC ENTITY
$8,500 Amy B Ellis INDIVIDUAL

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active North Carolina PACs submitted to the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE). Political expenditures that are not controlled by candidates or their campaigns, known as satellite spending, are not included in candidate totals. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

See updates to Timothy K. Moore’s campaign finance data after the next reports are available.

Report Name Report Due Date
2022 Semiannual 1/28/2022
2022 Q1 Plus 5/10/2022
2022 Semiannual (only candidates not on 2022 ballot) 7/29/2022
2022 Q3 Plus 10/31/2022
2022 Q4 1/11/2023
2022 Year End Semiannual (only candidates not on 2022 ballot) 1/27/2023

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.



Rachel Hunt spent more than any other Democratic House candidate or officeholder in North Carolina

North Carolina Democratic House candidates and officeholders have spent $3.1 million during the 2022 election cycle. Among state representatives and candidates, Rachel Hunt has spent more than any other Democrat.

Hunt is the representative for North Carolina House District 103 and is running to represent North Carolina State Senate District 42 in 2022. Hunt raised $303,918 and spent $66,452 between Jan. 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. According to North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) reports, Hunt spent the most money with the following individual payees and PACs.

Rachel Hunt’s Top 10 Payees, (1/1/2021 – 6/30/2022)

Of the $66,452 in reported expenditures, $59,626 went to these 10 payees:

Total Expenditures Name Type
$11,500 Meghan M Quick INDIVIDUAL
$10,685 North Carolina Democratic Party ENTITY
$7,370 Blue Wave Political Partners LLC ENTITY
$6,128 Paragon Payment Solutions ENTITY
$6,000 Pine State Advisors LLC ENTITY
$5,957 Lasting Printing & Graphics ENTITY
$4,500 Ngp Van Inc ENTITY
$2,526 Sage & Swift ENTITY
$2,500 Mack Pearsall INDIVIDUAL
$2,460 Ces Mail Communications Inc ENTITY

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active North Carolina PACs submitted to the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE). Political expenditures that are not controlled by candidates or their campaigns, known as satellite spending, are not included in candidate totals. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

See updates to Rachel Hunt’s campaign finance data after the next reports are available.

Report Name Report Due Date
2022 Semiannual 1/28/2022
2022 Q1 Plus 5/10/2022
2022 Semiannual (only candidates not on 2022 ballot) 7/29/2022
2022 Q3 Plus 10/31/2022
2022 Q4 1/11/2023
2022 Year End Semiannual (only candidates not on 2022 ballot) 1/27/2023

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.



Mark Robinson spent more than any other Republican statewide candidate or officeholder in North Carolina

North Carolina Republican statewide candidates and officeholders have spent $1.6 million during the 2022 election cycle. Among statewide officials and candidates, Mark Robinson has spent more than any other Republican.

Robinson is Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina and is not running for re-election in 2022. Robinson raised $3.6 million and spent $1.5 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. According to North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) reports, Robinson spent the most money with the following individual payees and PACs.

Mark Robinson’s Top 10 Payees, (1/1/2021 – 6/30/2022)

Of the $1.5 million in reported expenditures, $1.3 million went to these 10 payees:

Total Expenditures Name Type
$429,373 Conservative Connections ENTITY
$292,564 Whillier Group Inc ENTITY
$122,669 J Books Services Inc ENTITY
$88,607 Southwest Publishing & Mailing ENTITY
$64,536 America Direct Inc ENTITY
$63,014 Response America LLC ENTITY
$61,087 Anedot Inc ENTITY
$55,634 Winred Technical Services LLC ENTITY
$51,606 G-Plex Direct Mail ENTITY
$44,077 Capitol Hill Lists LLC ENTITY

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active North Carolina PACs submitted to the NCSBE. Political expenditures that are not controlled by candidates or their campaigns, known as satellite spending, are not included in candidate totals. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

See updates to Mark Robinson’s campaign finance data after the next reports are available.

Report Name Report Due Date
2022 Semiannual 1/28/2022
2022 Q1 Plus 5/10/2022
2022 Semiannual (only candidates not on 2022 ballot) 7/29/2022
2022 Q3 Plus 10/31/2022
2022 Q4 1/11/2023
2022 Year End Semiannual (only candidates not on 2022 ballot) 1/27/2023

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.



Josh Stein spent more than any other Democratic statewide candidate or officeholder in North Carolina

North Carolina Democratic statewide candidates and officeholders have spent $2.0 million during the 2022 election cycle. Among statewide officials and candidates, Josh Stein has spent more than any other Democrat.

Stein is Attorney General of North Carolina and his current term ends on January 1, 2025. Stein raised $4.3 million and spent $1.1 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. According to North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) reports, Stein spent the most money with the following individual payees and PACs.

Josh Stein’s Top 10 Payees, (1/1/2021 – 6/30/2022)

Of the $1.1 million in reported expenditures, $900,168 went to these 10 payees:

Total Expenditures Name Type
$156,723 Authentic Campaigns Inc ENTITY
$136,840 Nexus Strategies Inc ENTITY
$117,408 Windward Strategies Inc ENTITY
$114,213 RWT Production LLC ENTITY
$89,500 Next Fund Consulting LLC ENTITY
$79,560 Anna Huck ENTITY
$66,574 ADP as Depository for Payroll Taxes ENTITY
$66,041 Paya Payment Solutions ENTITY
$37,550 Hannah Snow ENTITY
$35,757 Vantiv LLC ENTITY

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active North Carolina PACs submitted to the NCSBE. Political expenditures that are not controlled by candidates or their campaigns, known as satellite spending, are not included in candidate totals. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

See updates to Josh Stein’s campaign finance data after the next reports are available.

Report Name Report Due Date
2022 Semiannual 1/28/2022
2022 Q1 Plus 5/10/2022
2022 Semiannual (only candidates not on 2022 ballot) 7/29/2022
2022 Q3 Plus 10/31/2022
2022 Q4 1/11/2023
2022 Year End Semiannual (only candidates not on 2022 ballot) 1/27/2023

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.



Phil Berger spent more than any other Republican State Senate candidate or officeholder in North Carolina

North Carolina Republican State Senate candidates and officeholders have spent $4.1 million during the 2022 election cycle. Among state senators and candidates, Phil Berger has spent more than any other Republican.

Berger is the representative for North Carolina State Senate District 30 and is running to represent North Carolina State Senate District 26 in 2022. Berger raised $1.4 million and spent $481,863 between Jan. 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. According to North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) reports, Berger spent the most money with the following individual payees and PACs.

Phil Berger’s Top 10 Payees, (1/1/2021 – 6/30/2022)

Of the $481,863 in reported expenditures, $399,126 went to these 10 payees:

Total Expenditures Name Type
$210,000 North Carolina Senate Majority Fund State ENTITY
$38,000 Acquire Digital LLC ENTITY
$36,000 Woodall Properties ENTITY
$21,200 Nationbuilder ENTITY
$20,847 Relyus Printing ENTITY
$20,000 North Carolina Republican Senatorial Committee State ENTITY
$17,905 Amy B Ellis INDIVIDUAL
$15,857 Anedot Inc ENTITY
$9,718 Dylan Watts INDIVIDUAL
$9,600 Aristotle International Inc ENTITY

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active North Carolina PACs submitted to the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE). Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

See updates to Phil Berger’s campaign finance data after the next reports are available.

Report Name Report Due Date
2022 Semiannual 1/28/2022
2022 Q1 Plus 5/10/2022
2022 Semiannual (only candidates not on 2022 ballot) 7/29/2022
2022 Q3 Plus 10/31/2022
2022 Q4 1/11/2023
2022 Year End Semiannual (only candidates not on 2022 ballot) 1/27/2023

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.



Mary Wills Bode spent more than any other Democratic State Senate candidate or officeholder in North Carolina

North Carolina Democratic State Senate candidates and officeholders have spent $3.0 million during the 2022 election cycle. Among state senators and candidates, Mary Wills Bode has spent more than any other Democrat.

Wills Bode is running to represent North Carolina State Senate District 18 in 2022. Wills Bode raised $501,022 and spent $48,330 between Jan. 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. According to North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) reports, Wills Bode spent the most money with the following individual payees and PACs.

Mary Wills Bode’s Top 10 Payees, (1/1/2021 – 6/30/2022)

Of the $48,330 in reported expenditures, $43,905 went to these 10 payees:

Total Expenditures Name Type
$20,650 Maven Strategies Inc ENTITY
$9,800 North Carolina Democratic Party ENTITY
$2,986 Paragon Payment Solutions ENTITY
$2,500 Thomas Ross INDIVIDUAL
$1,671 Vantiv LLC ENTITY
$1,500 Deliver Strategies LLC ENTITY
$1,289 Lasting Printing & Graphics ENTITY
$1,220 Ngp Van Inc ENTITY
$1,159 Act Blue ENTITY
$1,130 Bode PLLC ENTITY

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active North Carolina PACs submitted to the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE). Political expenditures that are not controlled by candidates or their campaigns, known as satellite spending, are not included in candidate totals. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

See updates to Mary Wills Bode’s campaign finance data after the next reports are available.

Report Name Report Due Date
2022 Semiannual 1/28/2022
2022 Q1 Plus 5/10/2022
2022 Semiannual (only candidates not on 2022 ballot) 7/29/2022
2022 Q3 Plus 10/31/2022
2022 Q4 1/11/2023
2022 Year End Semiannual (only candidates not on 2022 ballot) 1/27/2023

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.



Mark Robinson raised more than any other Republican statewide candidate or officeholder in North Carolina

North Carolina Republican statewide candidates and officeholders have raised $3.7 million during the 2022 election cycle. Among statewide officials and candidates, Mark Robinson has raised more than any other Republican.

Robinson is Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina and is not running for re-election in 2022. Robinson raised $3.6 million and spent $1.5 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. According to North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) reports, the following individual donors and PACs gave the most money to Robinson.

Mark Robinson’s Top 10 Donors, (1/1/2021 – 6/30/2022)

Of the $3.6 million in reported donations, $177,889 came from these 10 donors:

Total Donations Name Type
$120,000 North Carolina Republican Council of State Committee ENTITY
$11,200 Charles Oliver II INDIVIDUAL
$6,704 Art Fields INDIVIDUAL
$5,800 Herbert N Thomas Jr INDIVIDUAL
$5,760 Ralph C Tucker Jr INDIVIDUAL
$5,700 Gregg Sinders INDIVIDUAL
$5,700 Judy P Trew INDIVIDUAL
$5,700 Kimberly M Young INDIVIDUAL
$5,700 Samuel K Young INDIVIDUAL
$5,625 William Marsh INDIVIDUAL

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active North Carolina PACs submitted to the NCSBE. Political expenditures that are not controlled by candidates or their campaigns, known as satellite spending, are not included in candidate totals. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

See updates to Mark Robinson’s campaign finance data after the next reports are available.

Report Name Report Due Date
2022 Semiannual 1/28/2022
2022 Q1 Plus 5/10/2022
2022 Semiannual (only candidates not on 2022 ballot) 7/29/2022
2022 Q3 Plus 10/31/2022
2022 Q4 1/11/2023
2022 Year End Semiannual (only candidates not on 2022 ballot) 1/27/2023

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.



Josh Stein raised more than any other Democratic statewide candidate or officeholder in North Carolina

North Carolina Democratic statewide candidates and officeholders have raised $7.0 million during the 2022 election cycle. Among statewide officials and candidates, Josh Stein has raised more than any other Democrat.

Stein is Attorney General of North Carolina and is not running for re-election in 2022. Stein raised $4.3 million and spent $1.1 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. According to North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) reports, the following individual donors and PACs gave the most money to Stein.

Josh Stein’s Top 10 Donors, (1/1/2021 – 6/30/2022)

Of the $4.3 million in reported donations, $157,116 came from these 10 donors:

Total Donations Name Type
$55,916 Gmmb Inc ENTITY
$11,600 Lonna and Richard Harkrader INDIVIDUAL
$11,200 Anne Pizer INDIVIDUAL
$11,200 Bradford G Stanback INDIVIDUAL
$11,200 Edward S Holmes Jr INDIVIDUAL
$11,200 George B Autry INDIVIDUAL
$11,200 Louise M and Derek Winstanly INDIVIDUAL
$11,200 Shauna and Sam L Searcy INDIVIDUAL
$11,200 Sonya and Robert R Stevanovski INDIVIDUAL
$11,200 William Pizer INDIVIDUAL

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active North Carolina PACs submitted to the NCSBE. Political expenditures that are not controlled by candidates or their campaigns, known as satellite spending, are not included in candidate totals. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

See updates to Josh Stein’s campaign finance data after the next reports are available.

Report Name Report Due Date
2022 Semiannual 1/28/2022
2022 Q1 Plus 5/10/2022
2022 Semiannual (only candidates not on 2022 ballot) 7/29/2022
2022 Q3 Plus 10/31/2022
2022 Q4 1/11/2023
2022 Year End Semiannual (only candidates not on 2022 ballot) 1/27/2023

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.