A political novice continues to surpass expectations on the national stage and shows that he belongs.
CBS News reports Andrew Yang raised $10 million in the third quarter for his campaign, tripling what he raised last quarter.
According to Politico, the money he raised is just short of Senator Kamala Harris (D-Ca) and beats many of his political rivals who went into their campaign with both political capital and name recognition.
By contrast, prominent Senator Cory Booker raised $6 million in the third quarter.
In the most recent Federal Elections Commission filing, 69 percent of donors to Yang’s campaign donated $200 or less.
He currently ranks sixth in most national polls, polling at 3 percent. While few predict he’ll win the presidential nomination, seeing him on the debate stage has been a source of pride for many Asian Americans.
Only a few other candidates with no political experience have done well in campaigns in the past. Most recently, there’s Donald Trump. Before Trump, there was Ross Perot and Ralph Nader. However, Trump and Perot came in with a huge personal bank accounts. All three had made a name for themselves prior to entering the race.
Yang launched his campaign with practically zero name recognition and zero political experience. His novel freedom dividend pledge to give every American $1000 a month by taxing big corporations has captivated the nation and given him the attention other candidates can only crave.
“We’re going to have the resources to compete everywhere in the country. And we’re going to have a combination of traditional infrastructure and smart investments that we think are more appropriate to 2019 and 2020,” Yang said to CBS News.
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