Rep. Mark Meadows
Republican Mark Meadows is a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, District 11. Photo courtesy of his campaign.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published Oct. 24. It is updated here with newly released candidate filings.

In what is his first campaign for Congress, Republican Mark Meadows is in the race for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District. Meadows earned the most votes in the GOP primary against eight challengers and also won a second primary in a run-off election against Vance Patterson by winning 76 percent of the votes. He is seeking the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler and competing against Hayden Rodger, Shuler’s chief of staff.

Meadows was among more than a dozen congressional hopefuls who gave an address at the Republican National Convention in August in Tampa. He has served as Macon County Republican Party chairman, on the Republican Party Executive Committee and as a delegate at the North Carolina and national Republican conventions.

Carolina Public Press has compiled campaign contribution data from the Federal Election Commission’s Campaign Finance Disclosure Portal.

According to FEC records, as of Oct. 17, the Meadows campaign has raised more than $1 million, with more than $521,000 coming from individual donors and more than $213,000 coming from PACs, or political action committees.

Mark Meadows bio

Age: 53

Education: Business management degree from the University of South Florida.

Hometown: Bradenton, Fla. Lives in Cashiers.

Professional experience: Real estate developer; owner of Highlands Properties.

Campaign website:

Campaign Contributions

Cumulative for 2012 through Oct. 17, 2012:

Itemized individual contributions: $472,859

Unitemized individual contributions: $48,931

Party committee contributions: $0

PAC (Political Action Committee) contributions: $213,550

Transfers from authorized committees: $17,369

Candidate contributions: $10,998

Loans from candidate: $255,000

Total campaign contributions: $1,018,708

Top Individual Contributors

Cumulative for 2012 through Oct. 17 (the most recent data available), listing their names, employer/occupation, location and total amount given, which may represent multiple contributions:

  • Eleanor Cheney, housewife, Highlands, $7,500.
  • William Cheney, retired, Highlands, $7,500.
  • Dean Colson, attorney, Coral Gables, Fla., $7,500.
  • Wayne Loudermilch, retired, Point Clear, Ala., $7,500.
  • Virginia Smith, Archerd Bell Investment Group, Asheville, $6,000.
  • Charles Archerd, real estate investor, Asheville, $5,000.
  • John Bell, the Bell Co. President, Asheville, $5,000.
  • Phil Drake, Drake Enterprises, Franklin, $5,000.
  • Shannon Drake, housewife, Franklin, $5,000.
  • Mary Howes, retired, Flat Rock, $5,000.
  • William Howes, retired, Flat Rock, $5,000.
  • Betty Taylor, self-employed/homemaker, Brevard, $5,000.
  • C. Robert Taylor, manager, Financial Guaranty Summit, Brevard, $5,000.
  • Charles H. Taylor, self-employed farmer, Brevard, $5,000.
  • Michelle Taylor, self-employed/homemaker, Brevard, $5,000.

Top PAC (Political Action Committee) Contributors

Cumulative for 2012 through Oct. 17 (the most recent data available) and listed by name, location and total amount given, which may represent multiple contributions:

  • Every Republican is Crucial (ERICPAC), Washington, D.C., $10,000.
  • The Freedom Project, Washington, D.C., $10,000.
  • House Conservatives Fund, Alexandria, Va., $10,000.
  • Majority Committee PAC, Bakersfield, Ca., $10,000.
  • National Association of Realtors PAC, Chicago, Ill., $10,000.

Source: Federal Election Commission

Additional individual and PAC contributions details available below, from data provided to the Federal Election Commission:

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