Political Profile for North Carolina

Limits to Campaign Contributions

All candidates are limited to accepting up to $6,400 per individual donor, per election cycle.

Candidates are limited to accepting up to $6,400 per political action committee (PAC) per election cycle.

Candidates may accept unlimited contributions from political parties.

Candidates may make unlimited contributions to their own campaign from their personal funds.

Candidates may not accept contributions from a super PAC, corporation, or union.

Filing Deadlines

Candidates are required to file detailed reports on their campaign donations and expenditures. Transparency USA provides accurate, searchable data within days of its release by the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

See North Carolina’s campaign finance report deadlines here.

Additional reports may be required by North Carolina filers. If a report is skipped (often because its deadline is close to another), the data from that report is captured in the next update.

North Carolina Statewide Office Holders 

North Carolina statewide office holders (such as the governor and lieutenant governor) serve four-year terms and are up for reelection in presidential election years.

The North Carolina General Assembly 

The North Carolina General Assembly meets for two-year sessions which begin in odd numbered years.

North Carolina House Representatives serve two-year terms. 

North Carolina State Senators serve four-year terms.

Term Limits

North Carolina has no term limits for legislators and most statewide officials. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor are limited to two consecutive terms in office.

How We Display North Carolina Campaign Finance Data

Campaign finance is complex, with reporting practices that vary widely from state to state. As a reporting system — and not a balance sheet — contributions and expenditures do not balance the way we’d expect if it were an accounting system. In most cases, this does not mean that the data is incomplete, but rather, that entities are following North Carolina’s unique reporting requirements. 

To help put the numbers in context, we’ve created a state-specific explanation of how we display information reported, including in-kind donations, negative amounts, and other unusual items. Click the link below for a more detailed description of how this unique reporting system is displayed on TUSA:

Data Explanation for North Carolina