Democratic presidential contender offers $1,000 per month to Twitter follower – By Anthony Leonardi (Washington Examiner) / June 25 2019
Democratic presidential contender Andrew Yang announced that his campaign will be giving $1,000 per month for a year to one lucky Twitter follower on July 4.
“I will give $1,000/mo for the next 12 months FREE to someone who retweets this and follows me by July 4th Let’s show why money is the answer & why this is the campaign for people. No purchase necessary. US citizens only,” Yang said on Twitter.
The selected Twitter follower will be the third recipient of the Yang campaign’s pilot program for Universal Basic Income.
A key component of Yang’s plan for UBI is called the “ Freedom Dividend.” The dividend aims to subsidize all Americans over the age of 18 with $1,000 dollars a month to counter automation and support job growth.
Yang has pointed to the Alaska state program called the “ Permanent Fund dividend” to defend his idea of UBI, which dispersed $1,600 last year to citizens who have resided in the state for at least one year. Approximately 68% of Alaskan natives reported some difference in their economic situations.
Yang is one of 20 Democrats who will participate in the Democratic presidential debates hosted by NBC News on Wednesday and Thursday.