Members of the ultra-rich Hollywood elite are switching to Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign for president now that California Democrat Kamala Harris has ended her bid for the White House.
Harris had remained the top favorite of the Hollywood set until she quit the race, but her departure left Hollywooders with no candidate. But now it looks like many of these supporters are drifting into Mayor Pete’s camp.
According to CNBC, several celebs have jumped onto Buttigieg’s bandwagon.
In recent months, actresses Sharon Stone and Alyssa Milano have contributed to Pete Buttigieg’s effort to become the Democratic nominee, joining other celebrities like Michael J. Fox and Frances McDormand, who previously maxed out their donations to the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana
Also, Mayor Pete has raised huge piles of cash from employees of Comcast, owner of Universal Pictures and DreamWorks. And he ranked only second (to Harris) in donations from members of the Disney corporation.
Despite the big celebrity and entertainment industry guns, Harris was never able rise out of the low, single-digit support tier, but Mayor Pete has been rising fast over the last three months.
One draw for left-wing Hollywood is the fact that Buttigieg is gay.
“Look, being gay is part of who I am, and it’s part of my story, and it has shaped me in some important ways,” Buttigieg told CNBC’s John Harwood in April. “It’s also just part of my story. It’s not all of who I am. And what I hope to do is turn to that story if it helps people understand how I might be able to relate to others with radically different experiences, but certain things in common.”
Along with the support of fading actress Alyssa Milano, CNBC adds:
Bradley Whitford, of “The West Wing” fame, has contributed at least $2,000 to Buttigieg’s campaign. According to Variety, he co-hosted a fundraiser for the mayor in May along with Gwyneth Paltrow, with tickets starting at $250 a person. The story referenced other Los Angeles fundraisers on Buttigieg’s agenda, including an event in June at the home of screenwriter Ryan Murphy and his husband, the photographer David Miller. Murphy donated $2,800 to Buttigieg in May.
Some in Hollywood also favor anti-business candidate Elizabeth Warren.
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