Andrew Yang’s Freedom Dividend Raffle Is Probably Illegal, Says Former FEC Chair
However, the point of the $1,000 stipend is that Americans could use it for whatever they want — which means that it likely falls under the “personal use” clause of the law. However, many other campaign veterans do not buy this rationale. One among them is Erin Chlopak, the director of campaign finance strategy at the Campaign Legal Center. She pointed out that the program could not count as advertising because “recipients are under no obligation to advertise for Yang’s candidacy.” Murmurs about the legality of Yang’s program have only begun in recent days, so it remains to be seen if the Democratic hopeful will be forced to change aspects of the raffle in the future.
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