GOP presidential candidate offers $20 gift cards for $1 donations
Republican presidential candidate Doug Burgum is promising $20 gift cards to 50,000 people who donate $1 to his campaign, he announced Monday.
Why it matters: It's an unprecedented move by a presidential candidate and underscores the extreme efforts long-shot candidates are taking to qualify for the August debate stage.
- Candidates must receive 40,000 donors, including at least 200 unique donors in each of 20 states, to qualify for the August debate.
Driving the news: "The burden on American families caused by the Democrats is unruly, and Joe Biden is doing nothing to fix it," Burgum wrote on a WinRed page soliciting donations.
- "We want to help, so we’re offering YOU a $20 gift card, and all YOU have to do is contribute $1 to claim it," he wrote.
Jordan Libowitz, the communications director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, called it the "single thirstiest thing" he's seen in politics.
- "In a way it makes sense that it's this desperate maneuver to get onto a debate stage to raise a profile, but it's weird," he added.
- "The whole point they have this threshold is because they only want actual, serious candidates on the stage," Libowitz said.
- A spokesperson for the RNC did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.
- Ramaswamy has qualified for the August debate stage, his campaign previously told Axios.