Presidential hopeful and Democrat Pete Buttigieg received the maximum possible donation from James Murdoch, the son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, for his 2020 presidential bid.
The younger Murdoch, a former CEO of 21st Century Fox, donated $2,800 to Buttigeig’s presidential campaign, joining the likes of actors Ryan Reynolds and Mandy Moore in supporting the mayor from South Bend, Ind., as he runs for president, according to reports from the Federal Election Commission.
Reynolds, who is married to actress Blake Lively, donated $250 to Buttigieg, while Moore donated $2,500. Former Obama-era national security adviser Susan Rice also donated $1,000 to Buttigieg’s campaign.
The Murdoch family owns the parent company of Fox News, Fox Corporation. After 21st Century Fox was sold to Disney in a $71.3 billion sale, James Murdoch’s brother Lachlan took charge of Fox Corporation in March.
Fox News is known for its ties to the Trump administration and President Trump regularly is in touch with Rupert Murdoch. However, Trump has not communicated with Lachlan Murdoch in a similar capacity, according to the Washington Post.
Buttigieg, 37, formally announced his candidacy for president of the United States on Sunday after launching a presidential exploratory committee in January. He revealed this month his campaign raised $7 million for the first quarter of 2019, an impressive haul that outpaced the majority of his Democratic competitors.
Though Buttigieg joins an already expansive field of Democrats who are running to take on Trump in 2020, he has begun to gain in popularity in recent weeks. A pair of new polls from Iowa and New Hampshire showed Buttigieg surging among the Democratic candidates, coming in third behind former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.