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

Yang campaign says it received 450K entries for 'Freedom Dividend' contest
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Democratic presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangO'Rourke campaign says path to victory hinges on top 5 finishes in Iowa, Nevada Hillicon Valley: Google, Reddit to testify on tech industry protections | Trump joins Amazon-owned Twitch | House to vote on bill to combat foreign interference O'Rourke raises .5 million in third quarter 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 BidenTrump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage Schiff: Whistleblower testimony might not be necessary Trump warns Democrats will lose House seats over impeachment MORE, a former vice president, by more than 23 points.