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Pete Buttigieg Rakes In Cash From Hollywood Elite

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Andrew Kerr Investigative Reporter

Nearly two-dozen Hollywood insiders donated to South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign in the second quarter of 2019.

Kevin Bacon, Larry David, Ellen Degeneres, Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes were among the 13 actors that made a maximum $2,800 contribution to Buttigieg’s campaign.

Buttigieg’s campaign also received financial support from Alyssa Milano and George Takei, both outspoken critics of President Donald Trump, the Washington Examiner reported.

The South Bend mayor spent a considerable amount of time in California fundraising for his campaign in the second quarter of 2019. He brought in about $570,000 more in itemized contributions from Californians during the period than Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris, according to an analysis by The Mercury News.

MIAMI, FLORIDA - JUNE 27: Democratic presidential candidates (L-R) South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) take part in the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate on June 27, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

MIAMI, FLORIDA – JUNE 27: Democratic presidential candidates (L-R) South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) take part in the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate on June 27, 2019 in Miami, Florida. A field of 20 Democratic presidential candidates was split into two groups of 10 for the first debate of the 2020 election, taking place over two nights at Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, and Telemundo. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Buttigieg outraised all of his Democratic opponents in the second quarter, hauling in a total of $24.8 million from April through June. (RELATED: Pete Buttigieg Raises Nearly $25 Million In Second Quarter)

But Buttigieg’s success in fundraising has yet to transfer to the polls.

His polling average on Real Clear Politics has dropped from a high of 8.4% in early May to 4.8% on July 16.

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