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Giuliani: Yang's $1,000 Per Month Giveaway 'Illegal'

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, said Democratic president Candidate Andrew Yang’s $1,000 per month giveaway is “illegal.”

During the Democratic presidential debate on Thursday evening, Yang announced that his campaign is giving a “freedom dividend” of $1,000 per month to 10 supporters for one year.

The “freedom dividend” is a key part of Yang’s campaign platform, which he plans to pay for with a 10 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on top of current state sales taxes.

According to Yang’s official campaign website, “no purchase, payment or financial contribution of any kind is required in order to enter or win this promotion. All contributions are strictly voluntary. Contribution amount will not affect outcome of promotion. Making a contribution does not increase your chances of winning. Promotion void where prohibited.”

Giuliani reacted to Yang’s campaign contest on Twitter.

According to a Washington Post report, Yang’s campaign contest might violate Federal Election Commission (FEC) rules.

“The crux of the issue seems to boil down to language in the FEC’s rules, which prohibits the personal use of campaign funds by ‘any person.’ The 10 people who stand to receive Yang’s dividends are likely to spend this money for personal purposes, potentially placing Yang’s plan in violation of the rules,” the Washington Post report read.