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Yang Announces $120K Giveaway

He says 10 Americans will win $1K a month
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2019 9:22 PM CDT
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Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, right, listens to Andrew Yang, left, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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(Newser) – Andrew Yang made waves in the Democratic debate Thursday night with an unusual promise in his opening statement. The candidate said he would give away a total of $120,000 to people who registered to win "Freedom Dividends" at his campaign website, reports Politico. Yang, an entrepreneur, has promised to give every American a universal basic income of $1,000 a month. He says the 10 winners of the raffle will receive $1,000 a month for a year, financed by campaign donations. Fast Company calls the plan "possibly the best email-collection scheme ever devised by a politician." The next candidate to speak was Pete Buttigieg. "It's original. I'll give you that," he said to Yang. (Read more Andrew Yang stories.)

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