In North Carolina, campaign donations are flowing to candidates and organizations involved in high-profile contests up and down the ballot. With state elections making headlines, it is no surprise to see large donor contributions — many from candidates self-funding their own run for office — dominating the campaign finance landscape for 2020. Here is a look at the top ten donors to state-level candidates and PACs in the Tar Heel State.
Aggregated individual contributions (AIC) are unitemized donor contributions under the amount of $50. In North Carolina, candidates only have to file detailed reports on contributions above the $50 threshold. Unlike larger donations, which must include the name, address, and other details about the donor, AIC lumps together all the small, unnamed donations into one group. The candidate who has reported the largest sum of AIC is Gov. Roy Cooper, who reported $519,813.90 in contributions below the detailed reporting threshold. This large number of AIC is notable because it shows the impact of small-dollar donations in North Carolina state-level politics.
Perry has been a donor to a number of Republican organizations and candidates, but his most prominent support went to his own State Senate campaign, with contributions totalling $1,508,937.
Toole’s contributions have solely gone to his own campaign as the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor.
Sall has been a major contributor to Democratic candidates and causes, with her largest support going to the NC Democratic Leadership Committee in the amount of $875,000.
Mumma, a Republican primary candidate for NC Attorney General this year, made contributions totaling $908,834 to her own campaign.
Chatterji has been a supporter of a handful of Democratic candidates, mostly notably contributing $755,400 to his own campaign for North Carolina Treasurer.
Ann and James Goodnight have been contributors to candidates and causes of both parties during the 2020 election cycle, with their most notable contributions being a pair of $250,000 contributions to the North Carolina Republican Party and the North Carolina Senate Majority Fund. The Goodnights also contributed $40,000 to the NC Democratic Leadership Committee.
Sandy Roberson is the Mayor of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Roberson’s sole contribution went to his own campaign.
Caroline Sullivan was a candidate for Raleigh mayor in the city’s 2019 municipal election. All but $100 of Sullivan’s contributions this cycle went to her own campaign. She placed third in the mayoral race, which was won by Mary-Ann Baldwin.
All of Barringer’s contributions this cycle, which totaled $450,000, went to the campaign of his wife, Tamara Barringer, who is the Republican nominee for North Carolina Supreme Court Seat 4.
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