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 ButtigiegThe Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary Environmental activists interrupt Buttigieg in New Hampshire Pence to visit Iowa days before caucuses 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 SpicerPress: It's time to bring back White House briefings Rapid turnover shapes Trump's government Pelosi gets under Trump's skin on impeachment MORE and Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersSarah Sanders says she 'can't think of anything dumber than' having Congress run foreign policy Rapid turnover shapes Trump's government God did not elect Trump, people did 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 BidenBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger pens op-ed in defense of Biden: 'I stuttered once, too. I dare you to mock me' MORE is currently the front-runner in the index, garnering 29.4 percent support to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary Environmental activists interrupt Buttigieg in New Hampshire Pence to visit Iowa days before caucuses MORE's 23.4 percent and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record The Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary MORE's (I-Vt.) 15.4 percent.