Reports show donations by profession

Company presidents have given nearly $300,000 to the candidates for governor.

According to detailed campaign finance reports made public Wednesday, campaign contributors who identify their profession as presidents of various companies have given heavily to Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue and Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory.

The reports give a better idea of where Perdue, a Democrat, and McCrory, a Republican, have been getting their money for the past three months.

In that time, Perdue raised $4.6 million. McCrory raised $2.8 million.

That's a lot of money, and a lot of donors to digest. Here are some ways to look at it.

Little donors kicked in for McCrory

McCrory received $31,819 from donors who gave $50 or less. Perdue's donors in the last three months have all given more than that to her campaign.

Money, by the map

Charlotte residents contributed more to the candidates for governor over the last three months than people from any other city.

Individual donors who listed their address as Charlotte gave Perdue and McCrory a total of $760,653.


Charlotte: $579,599

Raleigh: $237,061

Greensboro: $100,713


Raleigh: $333,158

Charlotte: $181,054

Chapel Hill: $155,218

Donors, by profession

State law requires campaigns to report identifying information, including occupation, for contributors who give more than $50.

Reports can contain many different descriptions for the same profession, so it's tough to say exactly how much a candidate receives from one industry.

But campaign contributors who identified themselves as “retired” gave Perdue and McCrory a total of $780,000 over the last three months.

Contributors who said they were “homemakers” gave both candidates $387,000.

Other big contributing professions:


Attorney: $358,800

Business owner: $169,023

President: $154,100


Business owner: $248,161

Executive: $186,858

President: $143,395

Parties and PACS

By far, the largest amount of money came from individual donors. But a significant portion came from political parties, other candidates and political action committees.

Contributions from individuals accounted for 69 percent of Perdue's money and 84 percent of McCrory's.

Political party committees are not bound by the $4,000 contribution limit that everyone else has to stick to. And Perdue and McCrory got a boost from their respective parties.

Perdue received $1.1 million from Democratic Party committees. That's 25 percent of the money she raised. McCrory received $311,000 from Republican Party committees. That's 10 percent of the money he raised.

The candidates each received 6 percent of their money from political action committees.

Both got money from drug company committees and anesthesiology groups. McCrory got a boost from banks. Perdue got money from unions.