Booker’s Backers: Jason Kidd, Victor Cruz, Rob Reiner, Ron Howard

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Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ speaks onstage at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

Cory Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark, New Jersey, raised $1.9 million for his 2014 Senate campaign in this year’s first quarter, including donations from well-known figures in sports, entertainment, lobbying and finance.

Jason Kidd,  point guard for the New York Knicks, and Victor Cruz, wide receiver for the New York Giants, were early Booker donors, according to a Political Capital analysis of a  finance report Booker’s campaign filed this week.

Booker, who played football at Stanford University, received a donation from David Shaw, the team’s head coach.

Other early Booker donors included directors Ron Howard and Rob Reiner; Christopher Albrecht, the president and chief executive officer of Starz Entertainment LLC; film producer Steve Bing; Barry Meyer, chairman of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.; Democratic lobbyist Jack Quinn; and Michael Berman, president of the Duberstein Group, a lobbying firm.

Booker also got a donation from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.

Booker is seeking the Senate seat of retiring Democrat Frank Lautenberg.

Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone has said he’s interested in the race and began April with $3.7 million in campaign funds, more than any other House member.

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