Yang campaign says it received 450K entries for 'Freedom Dividend' contest

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality Andrew Yang discusses his universal basic income pilot program Andrew Yang on the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis MORE’s campaign said Monday that it has received more than 450,000 entries for a contest to promote his “Freedom Dividend” proposal. 

The entrepreneur during last Thursday’s debate announced plans to give a total of $120,000 from his campaign donations to 10 families  — sparking audible laughter from some of the other nine candidates on stage.

The contest mimics Yang’s Freedom Dividend proposal, which is a cornerstone of his campaign.

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The 10 winning families will receive $1,000 a month, similar to how all Americans would receive the monthly stipend under Yang’s proposal. 

Yang defended his contest Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” saying his campaign is sure it’s “perfectly legal.” 

He has advocated for his Freedom Dividend proposal, saying it will help Americans as a threat of automation grows across different industries. 

Yang says the stipend would allow Americans to cover basic needs while looking for better jobs, starting a business or going back to school. 

Yang has also received more than $1 million in donations since the debate, the campaign said Monday. 

Yang, a newcomer to politics, has risen above about half the contenders in the winnowing Democratic field. A RealClearPolitics average of polling has Yang at 3 percent, trailing front-runner Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, a former vice president, by more than 23 points.

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