Boston is raining cash on Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign, despite having two home-state candidates in the 2020 Democratic primary.
In his latest foray into Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Seth Moulton’s Massachusetts backyard, Buttigieg raised close to $1 million Thursday during a visit to Boston, according to several people familiar with his fundraising.
The 37-year-old South Bend, Ind., mayor held two fundraisers — a grassroots event and a big-ticket dinner at Fenway Park. The fundraiser was hosted by Jack Connors Jr., a Democrat who chaired GOP Gov. Charlie Baker’s reelection campaign; Sharon McNally, president of Camp Harbor View; and Bryan Rafanelli, an event planner, prominent gay political donor and Hillary Clinton ally.
Buttigieg, who had already held several fundraisers in and around Boston this election cycle, plans to return to Massachusetts over the Fourth of July holiday to raise money on Cape Cod. Earlier this year, Buttigieg raised close to $150,000 at a fundraiser hosted at the Boston home of Rafanelli and his partner, Mark Walsh.