Booker’s Fundraising Lead Widens

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Mayor Cory Booker attends TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012 in San Francisco, California.

Cory Booker continued his fundraising dominance in the New Jersey Senate race last month, raising money from some big names in business, sports and entertainment.

Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark, raised $2.1 million in the first 24 days in July compared  with $355,000 for Rep. Rush Holt, $180,000 for Rep. Frank Pallone and $12,000 for state Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, according to reports the four Democratic candidates filed last week with the Senate’s public records office.

Booker’s recent donors include former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, Mort Zuckerman, National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman, Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault, lobbyist Heather Podesta, investor Ivan Boesky and television personality Bill Nye (“The Science Guy”).

Pallone received $1,000 on July 24 from Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, the widow of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died June 3. Some health-care company PACs donated to Pallone, a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee who’s been active on health-care issues.

Oliver got money from some members of the state legislature and from Robert Torricelli, who held the Senate seat from 1997 to 2003.

Booker had $4.1 million in cash-on-hand on July 24, compared with $2.6 million for Pallone, $667,000 for Holt and $4,800 for Oliver.

Polls show Booker with big leads ahead of the Aug. 13 Democratic primary and the Oct. 16 general election.

As Bloomberg’s Terrence Dopp reported, Booker has raised as much as $10,400 from donors — four times the limit of $2,600 per election — because he’s running in the primary and general elections this year and also would run for a full six-year term in another pair of elections next year.

On the Republican side, former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan raised $130,000 during the period and had $151,000 left to spend. Physician Alieta Eck raised $18,000 and had $18,000 in the bank.

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