Presidential candidate and cryptocurrency advocate Andrew Yang has just passed the 65,000 donation threshold and will be in the upcoming Democratic debate in June.
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Yang’s meteoric rise has been in large part due to his highly controversial “Freedom Dividend,” in which everyone over the age of 18 would receive $1,000.
“Everyone gets the same amount of cash: the homeless and the billionaire. No questions asked. Forever.”
Yang was recently on Joe Rogan’s podcast where the two discussed numerous topics including blockchain.
“The potential of blockchain is vast,” stated Yang.
“Theoretically a public ledger could allow for us to be 100% secure that our votes are cast without fraud or interference. The tech is not there yet for nation-scale elections but it could be in time. That is the goal.”
Yang accepts bitcoin and all ERC-20 tokens on his official website, Yang2020.com.
Yang worked in startups and early-stage growth companies as a founder or executive from 2000 to 2009, when he founded the Venture for America (VFA).
The VFA is a nonprofit organization headquartered in New York City, with a mission “to revitalize American cities and communities through entrepreneurship.”
After he founded VFA, the Obama administration selected him in 2012 as a “Champion of Change” and in 2015 as a “Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship“.
Internet memes about Yang have also propelled the candidate to new highs.
Fans of Yang have come together to form what they call the “YangGang,” drawing support from all sides of the political spectrum.
“The Freedom Dividend would be great for crypto. Every person in their 20’s is going to throw their $1,000 into bitcoin,” said a Yang supporter who started a YangGang merch store, YangGang.Money.