Andrew Yang's big debate surprise might actually be illegal

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In the lead-up to Thursday night's Democratic debate, entrepreneur Andrew Yang tantalizingly teased that he was going to do "something no presidential candidate has ever done before in history." What could it possibly be?, people wondered. Was he going to crowd surf? Forgo a suit? Curse (again)?

The correct answer might actually be "violate campaign-finance law." Based on prepared remarks provided to Time, is sounds like Yang actually plans to promote his universal basic income proposal, the Freedom Dividend, by announcing during the debate his intention to give 10 randomly-selected families $1,000 a month for a full year.

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