Like his Republican colleague Sen. Mark Grisanti, Sen. James Alesi is benefiting from campaign cash from gay-rights supporters after he voted late last month to legalize same-sex marriage.
Alesi, of Perinton, Monroe County, took in nearly $150,000 in contributions during the prior six months, with a surge of cash from major national supporters of same-sex marriage.
Alesi received the $10,300 maximum each from Tim Gill, a wealthy Colorado entrepreneur who heads the gay-rights group Gill Foundation, billionaire Robert Ziff and Frank Selvaggi, a member of the Empire State Pride Agenda board. Ziff also gave Alesi $6,500 for a potential primary election.
Alesi also reportedly received $10,300 from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but it doesn’t appear on Alesi’s form.
Grisanti also reported a similar haul after he and Alesi were two of four Republican senators to vote in favor of same-sex marriage. The measure passed on June 24 by a vote of 33-29.
The other two GOP senators who voted for the bill, Sens. Stephen Saland of Poughkeepsie and Roy McDonald of Saratoga, have not filed their campaign reports yet.
Alesi also refunded $10,300 to the embattled ESL Sports Centre in his district.