Buttigieg plans NY fundraiser with Michael J. Fox
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Award-winning actor Michael J. Fox and Rep. Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceHillicon Valley: Simulated cyberattack success | New bill for election security funding | Amazon could be liable for defective products Lawmakers introduce bill to help election officials address cyber vulnerabilities House lawmakers to launch probe into DHS excluding NY from Trusted Traveler Program MORE (D-N.Y.) are set to attend a fundraiser for former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBillionaire who donated to Trump in 2016 donates to Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - GOP closes ranks to fill SCOTUS vacancy by November Buttigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice MORE (D) next month following the Iowa caucuses. 

The Feb. 5 event, titled “An Evening With Mayor Pete Buttigieg,” will be held in New York City. Available tickets for the event range from “supporter” level at $500 to “champion” level at $2,800.

Less expensive tickets, ringing in at $54 were available for young professionals, and $250 were also available for “friend” level donations.


The event is not the first star-studded fundraiser for Buttigieg’s presidential campaign. In July, Ellen DeGeneres and Sean Hayes co-hosted a reception for the former mayor in Los Angles. The event was attended by other celebrities, including Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi and Chelsea Handler.  

In April, actress Gwyneth Paltrow and actor Bradley Whitford teamed up for a fundraiser for Buttigieg.

The event is scheduled for just two days after the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses. According to a RealClearPolitics polling average for the critical first race of the 2020 Democratic nomination, Buttigieg is polling third among Iowa voters behind Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump faces backlash after not committing to peaceful transition of power Bernie Sanders: 'This is an election between Donald Trump and democracy' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump stokes fears over November election outcome MORE (I-Vt.) in first place and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Fox News poll: Biden ahead of Trump in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio MORE.

Sanders currently has a 24.2 percent average support among several Iowa polls, compared with Biden’s 21 percent and Buttigieg’s 16.8 percent.  

Buttigieg will also attend a breakfast fundraiser on Feb. 6 while in New York, New York Times reporter Shane Goldmacher shared on Twitter on Tuesday.


Rice endorsed Buttigieg last year among the crowded field of 2020 Democrats after Former Texas Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeJimmy Carter says his son smoked pot with Willie Nelson on White House roof O'Rourke endorses Kennedy for Senate: 'A champion for the values we're most proud of' 2020 Democrats do convention Zoom call MORE (D) dropped out of the race. 

"Pete has demonstrated an unmatched ability and willingness to reach voters from across the political spectrum. He has introduced bold, yet commonsense policies that will address both our nation's long- and short-term challenges, and has avoided the divisive rhetoric that too often derails these important conversations," Rice said in a statement shared by the Buttigieg campaign.