According to the most recent campaign finance reports filed with the Pennsylvania Department of State, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has raised $20.5 million and spent $7.7 million between Jan. 1, 2021 and May 6, 2022. Shapiro, who is the Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania governor, has received the most donations of any state-level candidate in the 2022 election cycle.
Shapiro is a member of the Democratic Party and assumed his current office in 2017. In Pennsylvania, the attorney general is an elected position. The primary job of a state attorney general is to serve as chief legal adviser to the agencies and legislative organs that make up his or her state’s government, in addition to the citizens residing within the state.
Shapiro ran unopposed in the Democratic primary for Pennsylvania governor. The attorney general will face Republican nominee Doug Mastriano in the general election on Nov. 7, 2022 to replace term-limited Gov. Tom Wolf.
Source: Transparency USA
Of the $20.5 million already reported in the 2022 election cycle, 30.5 percent came from the top 10 donors.
|Rank||Total Amount||Donor Name||Donor Type|
|2.||$1,000,000.00||Karla T Jurvetson||INDIVIDUAL|
|4.||$750,000.00||American Federation of State Council and Municipal Employees Afscme Federal||ENTITY|
|5.||$500,000.00||Greater Pennsylvania Regional Council of Carpenters||ENTITY|
|6.||$500,000.00||Thomas B Hagen||INDIVIDUAL|
|7.||$400,100.00||Austin Davis Campaign||ENTITY|
|8.||$400,000.00||Local 066 PAC Club||ENTITY|
|9.||$400,000.00||Psea-Pace for State Elections||ENTITY|
|10.||$305,000.00||Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 Pel PA & Nj||ENTITY|
Shapiro reported $7.7 million in exenditures, with 65.6 percent going to the 10 payees topping this list.
|Rank||Total Amount||Payee Name||Payee Type|
|1.||$1,204,922.25||Grassroots Media LLC||ENTITY|
|2.||$708,142.42||Ascend Digital Strategies LLC||ENTITY|
|3.||$610,000.00||Austin Davis Campaign||ENTITY|
|4.||$566,500.00||PA Democratic Party||ENTITY|
|5.||$543,297.11||Payroll Data Processing||ENTITY|
|7.||$427,777.44||Rwt Production LLC||ENTITY|
|8.||$212,975.00||Global Strategy Group LLC||ENTITY|
|9.||$178,999.31||Actblue Technical Services||ENTITY|
|10.||$165,000.00||Spb Strategies LLC||ENTITY|
Contributions vary widely among officeholders in the same role. A number of factors, including whether the position is appointed or elected, can influence donor activity. Here is how Shapiro’s donations compare to the 10 other attorney generals with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA in 2022:
Across the U.S., 27 attorney generals are members of the Republican Party and 23 are members of the Democratic Party. Voters elect the attorney general in 43 states, while they are chosen by a state government organ in the other seven. In 2022, 30 states are holding elections for the position.
The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Pennsylvania PACs submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of State. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.
|Report Name||Report Due Date|
|2021 Annual (C7)||1/31/2022|
|2022 Pre-Primary (C1)||4/05/2022|
|2022 Pre-Primary (C2)||5/9/2022|
|2022 Post-Primary (C3)||6/20/2022|
|2022 Pre-General (C4)||9/22/2022|
|2022 Pre-General (C5)||10/31/2022|
|2022 Post-General (C6)||12/12/2022|
|2022 Annual (C7)||2/1/2023|
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.