Alex Lasry taps NBA network and family ties to raise $1.1 million for U.S. Senate run

U.S. Senate candidate Alex Lasry, on leave from his executive role with the Milwaukee Bucks, watching a recent game.

When it comes to raising cash for an expensive U.S. Senate race, there’s nothing like professional and family ties.

Just look no further than the first-quarter fundraising haul of $1.1 million by Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alex Lasry, on leave from his executive job with the Milwaukee Bucks, the team co-owned by his hedge-fund billionaire father.

The NBA and the Lasry family were very much part of the cash haul.

From Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer, who contributed the maximum of $5,800 for the primary and general election, to NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who tossed in $1,000, Lasry did pretty well among the basketball crowd, according to federal filings released late Thursday.

Former Bucks coach Jason Kidd contributed $2,900 while his wife, Porschla Kidd, contributed $2,100.

Other NBA connections included Bob Voulgaris, a Dallas Mavericks’ research and development director who contributed $5,800, and Philadelphia 76ers executive Daryl Morey, who gave $2,900.

Bucks co-owners also kicked in. James Dinan and Wes Edens each contributed $2,900 while Edens’ wife, Lynn ($2,900), and daughter Mallory ($500) also made contributions.

Bucks general manager Jon Horst and his wife, Mia, each gave $2,900.

Team president Peter Feigin and his wife each contributed $2,900, while Feigin’s brother Daniel contributed $600.

Lasry’s immediate and extended family contributed around $100,000 of more than $500,000 raised in the New York metropolitan area, the campaign said.

There were seven Lasry family members who contributed $5,800 each including the candidate’s father, Marc, and mother, Cathy.

The candidate’s wife, Lauren Markowitz, contributed $2,900.

Lasry, himself, also loaned the campaign $50,000. That’s separate from the New York haul. He ended the quarter with $773,192 cash on hand.

Other high-profile Lasry donors include commissioner emeritus of Major League Baseball, Bud Selig, and his wife, Suzanne, who gave $2,900 each, professional poker player Phil Hellmuth, a Madison native who gave $5,800, and Marc Mezvinsky who gave $5,800. Mezvinsky is the husband of Chelsea Clinton.

Former U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli of New Jersey, who was once admonished by the Senate’s ethics committee, gave $2,900.

Ron Johnson raises $545,000

Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, who hasn’t announced if he’ll run for a third term, raised $545,000 in the first quarter and had around $1 million cash on hand. Most of the cash came from small-money donors.

Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson, a Democrat, raised $263,843 and had $318,548 cash on hand.

Gillian Battino, a radiologist from Wausau running as a Democrat, raised $62,016, most of it from a $55,000 loan that she gave her campaign. She had just $3,179 cash on hand at the end of the period.

State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski just entered the Democratic race and won’t report her fundraising until the end of the second quarter.