Democratic Donors Swoon, And Sometimes Fight, Over Pete Buttigieg

Apr 23, 2019

Pete Buttigieg speaks to supporter outside in the rain prior to his presidential candidacy announcement in South Bend on April 14.
Credit Peter Ringenberg

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pete Buttigieg is suddenly the hottest ticket for Democratic donors in the 2020 presidential contest.

Entertainment moguls are fighting over who will host Hollywood fundraisers for the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

Democratic donors are showering him with praise. And he has been repeatedly selling out fundraisers across the U.S.

Whether the gay former military officer and Rhodes scholar will be able to capitalize on his improbable star turn and build out a campaign with staying power remains to be seen.

What is indisputable, however, is that donors are clamoring for more.

That could help thaw a Democratic money game that's been largely frozen during the early months of the primary, with many major financiers waiting for the crowded field to thin.

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