The Teamsters spent $334,117 on North Carolina races in 2008.
The DRIVE political action committee of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters gave to 37 candidates for state offices, including eight running for Council of State positions, according to campaign finance reports.
The largest individual recipients were state Treasurer-elect Janet Cowell, who received $8,067, and unsuccessful labor commissioner candidate Mary Fant Donnan, who received $6,000. Both positions are considered important to labor, with the treasurer overseeing the state pension fund.
Gov.-elect Beverly Perdue, Lt. Gov.-elect Walter Dalton and primary rival Hampton Dellinger, Attorney General Roy Cooper, Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson and Secretary of State Elaine Marshall also received significant donations.
The Teamsters also gave $202,500 to the N.C. Democratic Party, $30,000 to the Democratic Senate Caucus and $15,000 to the Democratic House Caucus and made small donations to the Carolina Drive Chapter 1, Hear Our Public Employees and the Wake County Democratic Party.
They also gave $13,000 total to 11 incumbent senators, including Senate leaders Tony Rand and Marc Basnight and Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger; and $20,000 total to 18 incumbent representatives, including Speaker Joe Hackney.
Berger was the only Republican and Donnan the only challenger to an incumbent to receive donations.
Update: Figures updated to include two last-minute donations to the Democratic Party.