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Buttigieg Plans Big Fundraising Weekend, Victory Fund Event

Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg poses with an advocacy group after the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art, June 27, 2019, in Miami, FL.

Democrat Pete Buttigieg is following up his first presidential debate with a big fundraising weekend in New York, including an event with a group that has contributed millions of dollars to openly LGBT candidates and says it's planning “a historic special announcement.”

LGBTQ Victory Fund President Annise Parker said she will join Buttigieg to make the announcement at a World Pride campaign event in Brooklyn on Friday.

Parker said earlier this year the organization expected to endorse the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, saying the board that decides endorsements was “champing at the bit” to support him. A Victory Fund endorsement would mean immediate financial support from the group, which invested $2 million in candidates in 2018. The organization also would appeal to its donor network to directly support Buttigieg's campaign and promote his events.

Friday's event coincides with the 50th anniversary of the police raid on the Stonewall Inn, an underground gay bar. The raid sparked a rebellion that led to the modern LGBTQ movement.

Buttigieg, who officially joined the 2020 presidential race in April, has some ground to make up ahead of the Sunday deadline for fundraising for the crucial second quarter, a number that will be scrutinized for all candidates as a sign of their campaign's strength.

He chose to leave the campaign trail earlier this month to return home and deal with the fatal shooting of a black man by a white South Bend police officer. He had to cancel several high-dollar fundraising events in California and a separate New York fundraising trip.

Buttigieg raised $7 million in the first quarter, a number that topped many of his rivals and helped secure his spot in the top tier of the crowded 2020 field.

On Saturday, Buttigieg will hold a fundraiser that's been billed as a “birthday bash” for his husband, who turned 30 on Sunday.