Saturday, June 22, 2019

Hollywood’s Top Gay Donors Have Mixed Feelings About Buttigieg

By Politico, June 20, 2019

Before he paused campaign activities to remain in South Bend, Indiana, reeling from the officer-involved shooting death of a 53-year-old black man, Buttigieg was scheduled to trek to Los Angeles for a fundraising swing, including an event at the Beverly Hills home of mega producer Ryan Murphy that’s co-hosted by a long list of high-profile LGBTQ Hollywood figures. According to one fundraising source, the event, with tickets starting at $1,500 per person, sold out a month ago and was likely to bring in at least $250,000. It is being postponed.

There’s a reason this group was so eager to meet Mayor Pete. For many of these influential donors, this will be their first ever chance to contribute to a viable gay presidential candidate—something that would have been hard to fathom just over a decade ago, when their choices were a field of top prospects who opposed same-sex marriage, or just over a generation ago, when the Democratic campaign viewed LGBTQ money as too risky to take.
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