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PoliticsAndrew Yang’s campaign says over 450,000 people have entered debate contest

12:45  16 september  2019
12:45  16 september  2019 Source:   politico.com

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Yang ’ s campaign announced the 10 giveaways — open to anyone — on Twitter soon after the debate started, saying , “Yes, you heard me right. We are giving away 10 ‘Freedom Dividends’ of , 000 a month for a year! Go to Yang 2020.com, and tell us how you would spend , 000 a month, and then if

Andrew Yang’s surprising debate gambit — giving away $120,000 to 10 families over a year to highlight his universal basic income proposal — helped the outsider candidate raise $1 million in the 72 hours after the debate and collect more 450,000 email addresses from people who entered the online raffle, the presidential campaign told POLITICO.

Andrew Yang’s campaign says over 450,000 people have entered debate contest© David J. Phillip/AP Photo Entrepreneur Andrew Yang speaks Sept. 12, 2019, during a Democratic presidential primary debate.

The campaign said that over 90 percent of the email addresses are new, a huge expansion of the candidate's email list. He also gained more Twitter followers over the course of the debate than any other candidate.

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Andrew Yang apparently has 0, 000 to giveaway, and he wants you to be one of ten people to win it. In his quest to secure the nomination as the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, Yang used his opening statements at Thursday evening’ s Democratic Primary debate to announce a contest .

While some rivals on the debate stage laughed and rolled their eyes at the ploy, Yang’s campaign sees the “Freedom Dividend Pilot Program” as an example of why their internet-first campaign has pushed them to sixth place in the crowded contest.

“We’ve got a 21st century candidate and we’re running a 21st century campaign,” Campaign Manager Zach Graumann said. “That’s something not many of our competitors can say.”

The $1 million in post-debate fundraising is over a third of the $2.8 million Yang raised in the last quarter, suggesting the 44-year-old entrepreneur is on track to raise significantly more in the third quarter that ends this month.

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Andrew Yang ’ s campaign manager just called to tell me that at tomorrow night’s debate , Yang Like his rival Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Yang has released a lot of plans. He has over 100, and they Yang says that if he becomes president, the government will send a check for , 000 per month (

Andrew Yang during the Democratic presidential debate in Detroit last month.CreditCreditErin The former hedge fund investor turned impeachment activist Tom Steyer, who entered the race a month ago and Mr. Yang ’ s debate performance last week appeared to bolster his campaign ’s fund-raising.

Yang framed the cash giveaway, which ends at 11:59 pm ET Thursday night, in populist terms — that it was better to spend the campaign money giving it back to the people rather than spend it on TV ads and political consultants.

“When you donate money to a presidential campaign, what happens?” Yang asked in his opening statement at Thursday night’s debate. “The politician spends the money on TV ads and consultants and you hope it works out. It’s time to trust ourselves more than our politicians.”

The campaign’s online raffle has met with deep skepticism from campaign finance experts, but they acknowledge that the Federal Election Commission is unlikely to stop him given that it currently does not have a quorum.

“This campaign stunt is of dubious legality, at best,” said Brendan Fischer, the federal reform legal director at the Campaign Legal Center. “Handing campaign funds to supporters comes awfully close to violating the personal use prohibition. But Yang seems to be going ahead because he knows that the paralyzed FEC can’t tell him ‘no.’”

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In his opening statement, Andrew Yang says his campaign will give “, 000 a month for an entire “ Campaign finance experts said that while federal rules prohibit campaigns from giving people Equally problematic is a statement from Yang ’ s campaign about the motivations behind the UBI

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"The campaign tactic raises numerous novel legal questions," said Paul Ryan, Vice President of Policy and Litigation at Common Cause. "If only we had a quorum at the FEC, so the Commission could provide guidance on this cutting-edge, novel use of campaign funds!"

The Yang campaign said they “consulted extensively with our counsel” before last Thursday’s announcement. “These expenditures are made to further the goals of the campaign by demonstrating the transformative power of Andrew's flagship proposal,” the campaign said in a statement. “Since these payments would not be made irrespective of the campaign, they comply with all campaign finance laws.”

Yang also responded to legality questions on Sunday to CNN. “If I gave a million dollars to media company or consultants or hired like a small army of canvassers no one would blink an eye, but if we give the money directly to the American people somehow that's problematic,” he said. “So, it just speaks to how messed up our system is where giving money directly to Americans actually raises eyebrows.”

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