Vice President Kamala Harris will headline a Pride Celebration fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee next week, an event that will include a number of performances and an introduction by Barbra Streisand.
The DNC traditionally does a Pride month event, but the fundraiser also speaks to the desire among party activists to have a large war chest heading into next year’s midterms.
The performers on the bill for the virtual event on June 30 include Andra Day, Billy Porter, Kristin Chenoweth and Melissa Etheridge. Also making appearances will be Andy Cohen, Colman Domingo, George Takei, Matt Bomer and Whoopi Goldberg.
Tickets to the event start at $50, and rise to $20,000 for a co-host designation and access to a VIP “clutch.” Those who write or raise $40,000 will get a host designation and access to the clutch. The New York Times first reported on the event.
The DNC raised $12.1 million in May, according to reports to the Federal Election Commission, while the Republican National Committee raised about $11.1 million. Those are hefty sums for an off-year period and, according to Bloomberg News, a record amount.
Last year, as the pandemic prevented in-person fundraising, Democrats capitalized on the ease of holding virtual events, both in drawing talent and in bringing in greater numbers of small-dollar donors.