Gwyneth Paltrow to co-host Buttigieg fundraiser

Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE’s presidential campaign is getting some big-name support from a pair of Hollywood heavyweights, with Gwyneth Paltrow and former “West Wing” star Bradley Whitford teaming up for a fundraiser for the Democratic White House hopeful.

Paltrow and Whitford will raise money for the South Bend, Ind., mayor’s presidential run at a May 9 event in Los Angeles, Buttigieg’s campaign confirmed to ITK. The news was first reported Wednesday by Variety.

Paltrow, the 46-year-old Goop founder and “Iron Man” star, was a supporter of former President Obama during the 2012 presidential race. Following President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s win in the 2016 election, Paltrow said her feeling was she didn’t “understand the opposition well enough at all.”

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“I’m not going to tell you what side I’m on, but my big takeaway was, ‘I really need to open my mind and understand better because I don’t,’ ” Paltrow said in remarks at a 2016 conference.

Whitford has been an outspoken critic of Trump, saying earlier this year on CBS’s “The Late Show” that the commander in chief has “turned my hair white and causes constant stress.” Whitford, 59, had hit the campaign trail with then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE back in 2016.

Buttigieg has seen his national profile skyrocket — and his celebrity support intensify — since entering the White House race. “This is Us” star Mandy Moore, “Deadpool’s” Ryan Reynolds, and actress Jane Lynch were all among his Hollywood donors, according to first-quarter campaign finance reports released by the Federal Election Commission earlier this month.

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