Buttigieg plans NY fundraiser with Michael J. Fox
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Award-winning actor Michael J. Fox and Rep. Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceTensions running high after gun incident near House floor Trust between lawmakers reaches all-time low after Capitol riots Trump's Georgia call triggers debate on criminal penalties MORE (D-N.Y.) are set to attend a fundraiser for former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegSenate confirms Vilsack as Agriculture secretary Biden to detail 'roadmap' for partnership with Canada in meeting with Trudeau Biden's infrastructure plan needs input from cities and regions 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 SandersKlain says Harris would not overrule parliamentarian on minimum wage increase Romney-Cotton, a Cancun cabbie and the minimum wage debate On The Money: Senate panels postpone Tanden meetings in negative sign | Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers MORE (I-Vt.) in first place and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video 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'RourkeTexas Republican criticizes Cruz for Cancun trip: 'When a crisis hits my state, I'm there' Progressives target 'Cancun Cruz' in ad to run on 147 Texas radio stations 'Get off TV': Critics blast Abbott over handling of Texas power outages following winter storm 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.