Our Spotlight series highlights individual candidates, donors and PACs in state-level politics.
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Transparency USA | 08/25/2021

Across the 10 states included in Transparency USA’s database, several prominent women dominated donor lists in the 2020 election cycle. Some, like Karla Jurvetson and Deborah Simon, targeted key state-level elections across multiple swing states. Others focused their contributions closer to home, supporting candidates and PACs in their state of residence. While Transparency USA focuses …

Transparency USA | 06/24/2021

Virginia has been under some amount of Democratic control at the state level since 2014, when Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the gubernatorial election. The 2021 election cycle has been no different than past odd-numbered years with voters and political action committees (PACs) writing checks to their preferred candidates, in hopes of victory. With the June …

Transparency USA | 05/20/2021

In the 2022 election cycle, donors have already begun kicking in campaign cash to their preferred Wisconsin candidates and causes, with one Madison doctor leading the pack among the state’s top donors. Dr. Elise Lawson is currently the top donor in Wisconsin politics. According to her profile on the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine …

Transparency USA | 04/20/2021

In most states, the list of top fundraisers tends to be topped off with the state’s top statewide offices and maybe a member of the state legislature; however, in Michigan, two state Supreme Court justices take the second and third spots, right behind Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Judicial races can often be forgotten since they’re …

Transparency USA | 03/31/2021

In North Carolina, political committees and donors have helped to bankroll candidates and causes up and down the ballot. While the role of money in politics is well known to most voters, what might be unknown to some North Carolina voters is the fact that the largest individual donor in the state isn’t actually from …