Andrew Yang insisted to Fox News this week that his “small army of very, very, smart lawyers” assures him his pitch to give 10 random families $1,000 per month -- to spotlight his plan for a universal basic income for all adult Americans -- “is perfectly legal.”
Campaign finance expert Craig Holman, who serves as Public Citizen’s Capitol Hill lobbyist on ethics, lobbying and campaign finance rules, told Fox News that federal law “defines personal purposes as any expense that irrespective of the campaign.
Holman said it would likely be a “violation of the federal campaign finance law” if Yang uses campaign funds to pay the 10 families $1,000 per month.
Yang – in front of millions of people watching the debate – emphasized that “when you donate money to a presidential campaign, what happens?
“I talked to the FEC and they said as long as it’s my personal funds, and it’s a personal gift with no strings attached, they have no issues,” Yang told Fox News in February, when the first family began receiving their monthly payments.