White House correspondent April Ryan to moderate fundraising event for Buttigieg

White House correspondent April Ryan to moderate fundraising event for Buttigieg
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CNN political analyst April Ryan is set to moderate a "grassroots fundraising event" for 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegNew poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne MORE.

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Tickets for the event will be priced as high as $500. It will take place Saturday in Washington, D.C.

The promotion for the event was first flagged by @PolPartyTime, which is managed by Open Secrets, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that tracks political fundraisers.

A Buttigieg campaign spokesperson confirmed to The Hill that Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, is not being paid for her services for the event.

The Hill has reached out to American Urban Radio Networks and CNN for comment.

Ryan, who had heated confrontations with former White House press secretaries Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerThe Hill's Morning Report - Witness transcripts plow ground for public impeachment testimony Sean Spicer eliminated from 'Dancing with the Stars' Trump Jr.: How can Dems beat Trump if they can't boot Sean Spicer from DWTS? MORE and Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersBill Press: Mulvaney proves need for daily briefings White House correspondent April Ryan to moderate fundraising event for Buttigieg White House press secretary defends lack of daily briefings: Trump 'is the most accessible president in history' MORE Sanders when daily press briefings were held in the Trump era, publicly lauded Buttigieg last month after the South Bend, Ind., mayor invited her to be his guest at a Congressional Black Caucus dinner in September.

"Thank you @PeteButtigieg for inviting me to be your guest at the CBC Dinner. The last time I was invited to the dinner by a presidential candidate was @barackobama. You know what happened after that!" she wrote to her more than 570,000 followers on Twitter. 

Buttigieg is currently fourth in the RealClearPolitics index of polls with 5.6 percent support. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBudget official says he didn't know why military aid was delayed: report Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide READ: Foreign service officer Jennifer Williams' closed-door testimony from the House impeachment inquiry MORE is currently the front-runner in the index, garnering 29.4 percent support to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenNew poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Bloomberg, Patrick take different approaches after late entries into primary race Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne MORE's 23.4 percent and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSinger Neil Young says that America's presidents haven't done enough address climate change New poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide MORE's (I-Vt.) 15.4 percent.