Saturday, August 13, 2022

Trump Advocates Launch ‘Cash for Blacks’ Initiative: Literally Handing Out Money to BUY Black Voters

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Urban Revitalization Coalition’s CEO Darrell Scott / Getty

*In an effort to win over Black voters ahead of November’s election, allies of Donald Trump have kicked off a new strategy: giving people cash.

Politico reports that organizers have begun holding events in Black communities where Trump advocates are handing out thousands of dollars in giveaways. They’re calling the initiative “Cash for Blacks.”

During the events, organizers talk up Trump’s economic policies. 

Via Politico:

The first giveaway took place last month in Cleveland, where recipients whose winning tickets were drawn from a bin landed cash gifts in increments of several hundred dollars, stuffed into envelopes. A second giveaway scheduled for this month in Virginia has been postponed, and more are said to be in the works.

The tour comes as Trump’s campaign has been investing its own money to make inroads with black voters and erode Democrats’ overwhelming advantage with them. But the cash giveaways are organized under the auspices of an outside charity, the Urban Revitalization Coalition, permitting donors to remain anonymous and make tax-deductible contributions.

The organizers say the events are run by the book and intended to promote economic development in inner cities. 

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“Charities are required to spend their money on charitable and educational activities,” said Marcus Owens, a former director of the Exempt Organizations Division at the Internal Revenue Service who is now in private practice at the law firm Loeb & Loeb. “It’s not immediately clear to me how simply giving money away to people at an event is a charitable act.”

At the Cleveland event, a woman reportedly dressed as a Christmas elf and said, “Four more years of President Trump. Yay!” She then received some cash.

Trump only won 8 percent of Black voters in 2016, so his allies are hoping to boost his appeal among indecisive Black voters with the Cash for Blacks initiative. 

Politico also reports, “Asked about the legality of the giveaways in a brief phone interview, the Urban Revitalization Coalition’s CEO, Darrell Scott, said that most gifts were between $300 and $500, and that the group mandates that anyone who receives over $600 fills out a W-9 form in order to ensure compliance with tax law. He did not respond to follow-up questions about how the giveaways were structured and whether they met the legal standard for a charitable act.”

Scott declined to name the donors, noting: “They prefer to remain anonymous.”

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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