Oprah Winfrey brings (virtual) star power to Wes Moore fundraiser

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Written by Tim Swift

Wes Moore, Oprah Winfrey and Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks take part in a virtual fundraiser Tuesday. (Wes Moore Campaign photo)

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore held an online fundraiser with Oprah Winfrey Tuesday night to discuss the future of leadership in Maryland.

The chat between Moore and the veteran TV personality was held over Zoom. State Del. Cheryl Kagan, who represents Montgomery County, said about 300 people attended the fundraiser.

Kagan, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and Del. Anne R. Kaiser, who represents Montgomery County, were among the notable Moore supporters who attended the event.

According to a campaign email, tickets ranged from $100 to $6,000. “Guest” tickets cost $100 and “friend” tickets cost $250. “Co-hosts,” who were recognized during the event, paid $1,000. “Co-chair” ticket cost $6,000 and included pre-reception access.

Moore, a best-selling author, has been a frequent guest on Winfrey’s television shows and podcasts over the years.

In 2012, Oprah Winfrey was reportedly attached as an executive producer to a film adaption of his book “The Other Wes Moore.” However, a film has yet to be produced.

Moore is part of a crowded field of Democrats vying for the nomination. Other Democratic candidates include former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. Former Maryland Secretary of Commerce Kelly Schulz is considered the Republican front-runner.

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