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The 2022 elections will decide who runs the 2024 elections. Now contests from county clerk to secretary of state are focusing on the Big Lie that the 2020 election was “stolen,” and many of them are seeing unprecedented levels of fundraising.

This year, thou­sands of Amer­ic­ans will run for offices that admin­is­ter and certify elec­tions.

At the same time, some politi­cians are spread­ing the Big Lie that wide­spread fraud or admin­is­trat­ive fail­ures cast doubt on the results of the 2020 pres­id­en­tial elec­tion. Campaigns for elec­tion offi­cial posi­tions are making this “elec­tion denial” a cent­ral issue, whether by embra­cing or attack­ing it. As a result, many of these races — once under-the-radar — are gain­ing national atten­tion.

The Bren­nan Center has long docu­mented campaign finan­cing: how and where money is spent, its sources, whom it is used to support, and what messages it pays for. We are now focus­ing on key races in battle­ground states for offices with roles in running elec­tions. These offi­cials include governor, secret­ary of state, and local super­visors and clerks.

Using public filings, the reports below track finan­cing in these races at both the candid­ate and aggreg­ate levels. They also track candid­ates’ state­ments related to elec­tion deni­al­ism, which we are collect­ing in a related series as well.