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A little-known Democrat who has been running for president for almost 2 years is trying a wild scheme to try and get enough donations to qualify for the presidential debates

Published by Business Insider on Fri, 15 Mar 2019


Presidential candidates will need to receive 65,000 individual donations to appear on the Democratic National Committee's debate stage.In a growing field of candidates, standing out can be difficult, making it a steep challenge to obtain enough individual donations.Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney is getting creative by pledging to donate his personal money to charity with each new donation.Getting a spot on the debate stage is proving to be a difficult task for many of the candidates in the 2020 presidential race, after the Democratic National Committee set requirements to qualify, including reaching a minimum of 65,000 individual donations.This has prompted lesser-known candidates to get creative, like former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, who is now pledging to contribute his own personal money to charity when he receives a campaign donation.Read more: Trump's 2020 campaign kicks into high gear with several new hires, including ex-Fox News executive Bill ShineDelaney, who has been actively running for president since June 2017 and made dozens of trips to early voting states, announced on Thursday a new plan to boost campaign contributions."John Delaney will personally donate $2 dollars to non-profits and charities for each new donor that contributes to his campaign as part of the Delaney Debate Challenge, a new online program launched today," the campaign said in a statement. "This initiative is in response to the DNCs requirement that candidates have at least 65,000 donors. The Delaney Debate Challenge will apply to the next 100,000 new donors."The way it works is that no matter the amount an individual donates to Delaney's campaign, he will chip in two dollars of his large personal wealth to a charity that donors can choose from a pre-approved list.So whether you donate one dollar or maximum $2,800 allowed by the Federal Election Commission, Delaney will spend two dollars on the charity you select.The charities donors can choose from include:American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to AnimalsCARA/Dilley Pro Bono ProjectEnvironmental Defense FundEverytown for Gun SafetyFeeding AmericaThe Fisher House FoundationHuman Rights CampaignNAACP Legal Defense and Education FundPlanned ParenthoodSt. Jude Childrens Research HospitalWounded Warrior Project"This campaign isnt about me, its about bringing people together and serving the common good," Delaney said in statement. "The Delaney Debate Challenge is a way for us to highlight the incredible work done by charities and non-profits around the country as part of our larger effort to reach the 65,000 donor threshold being used for the debates."Delaney's strategy is the newest from a handful of candidates looking to stand out in a crowded field. Other candidates, like outsider businessman Andrew Yang, have met the 65,000 donor threshold by online engagement and going viral.Another hurdle that Yang, Delaney, and other candidates lacking strong name recognition will have to clear will be reaching at least one percent in three credible polls before the first debate. But for now, reaching the donor threshold is taking top priority.SEE ALSO:There are two different ways for states to choose presidential nominees ' and there are some major differences between themJoin the conversation about this storyNOW WATCH: What happens when the president declares a national emergency
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