Democratic presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality Andrew Yang discusses his universal basic income pilot program Andrew Yang on the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis MORE has the support of a new super PAC, with the group seeking to raise more than $1 million to boost his White House bid.
Vox’s Recode first reported that the Math PAC, which was established in September, will engage in both paid media and voter outreach in a number of early voting states.
The group seeks to spend more than seven figures backing Yang’s bid, according to Recode.
The group’s website states that it “will work to ensure that American’s know that Andrew Yang is our best chance of defeating Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE.”
“We conduct targeted advertising, plan events, and launch outreach initiatives, so Americans learn what is at stake this election cycle and into the future,” it reads. “It is time America elects a President that has done the math so the economy can start to put PEOPLE first.”
Will Hailer, who is leading the committee, told Recode that the group’s fundraising will “allow the movement behind Andrew Yang to catch up to elected officials — who were able to transfer years of war chests to their presidential campaigns.”
“He is running against governors, senators, and institutional actors that have these apparatuses that they can automatically tap into,” Hailer said. “So the only way to be able to give voice to an incredibly important conversation is to find ways to add value to that voice. And that’s what we’re hoping to do through the super PAC.”
Yang previously declared that he will not accept any PAC money. The businessman has also called for an end to super PACs on his campaign website.
“We need to end Super PACs, drown out their influence, and stop pretending that corporations have equal rights to people,” his website reads.
The Hill has reached out to Yang’s campaign for comment about the new PAC.
Several other 2020 contenders have sworn off money from super PACs, including Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), former Rep. Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats’ virtual convention: report O’Rourke on Texas reopening: ‘Dangerous, dumb and weak’ Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (D-Texas), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 125 lawmakers urge Trump administration to support National Guard troops amid pandemic MORE (D-Hawaii) and former Obama Cabinet Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro.
Yang, who was relatively unknown before he launched his 2020 bid, has defied fundraising expectations, raising $10 million in the third quarter.
He has lagged around 2 percent support in national polls though has drawn more attention in polls of early voting states.
An Iowa poll released this week found Yang at 5 percent support, ahead of politicians such as Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockKoch-backed group launches ad campaign to support four vulnerable GOP senators Overnight Energy: US Park Police say ‘tear gas’ statements were ‘mistake’ | Trump to reopen area off New England coast for fishing | Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues in battle to save seats MORE (D) at 4 percent, and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) at 2 percent.
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