Pete Buttigieg? For 2020? Groundbreaking, says Anna Wintour.
The legendary fashion editor, who has helmed Vogue since 1988, seems to be a fan of the Democratic presidential candidate, the Associated Press reports, donating $2,800 to the South Bend, Indiana, mayor’s 2020 campaign.
Wintour isn’t the only celebrity fan of Mayor Pete’s. According to the AP, he has become quite the favorite among the entertainment industry crowd — something that’s super valuable to any Democrat seeking office, considering Hollywood’s longstanding history of fundraising for politicians from the party.
Ellen DeGeneres has given $5,600 — the maximum individual contribution allowed per presidential election cycle — as have Sharon Stone, Tom Ford, and David Geffen. Gwyneth Paltrow has donated $2,800 to Buttigieg’s campaign, as has Larry David. George Takei has given $1,250, Barbra Streisand and John Stamos have both given $1,000, and Joan Jett has given $150. Some major players in gay Hollywood had also planned an LGBTQ+-focused fundraiser earlier this year that would have included American Horror Story and Pose producer Ryan Murphy along with Billy on the Street star Billy Eichner, but it was canceled so that the mayor could return to Indiana to address a police shooting in South Bend.
Buttigieg has been an “aggressive” fundraiser, the AP says, raising $24.8 million in fundraising over the second quarter of this year. That said, isn’t it kind of depressing that the presidential race kind of comes down to who can raise the most money? Thank god there are people like Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) in office, calling out lobbying and corruption where she sees it!