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Free money? North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum offers $20 gift card to people who donate $1 to his presidential campaign
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Free money? North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum offers $20 gift card to people who donate $1 to his presidential campaign

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, who is one of the many candidates competing in the Republican presidential primary, is offering an unusual deal to people who donate to his campaign: For a donation of just $1, people can snag a $20 gift card.

"People are hurting because of Bidenflation, and giving Biden Economic Relief cards is a way to help 50,000 people until we get in office and fix this crazy economy for everyone!" Burgum tweeted on Monday. "Yes, 50,000 people will actually get a Visa or Mastercard gift card to their mailing address. When it comes to providing economic relief to the American people, I'm not messing around!" he added.

"We just launched a short time ago and already we're giving away about 1,000 Biden Relief Cards per hour. Get yours before it's too late!" he noted in another tweet a bit later on Monday.

The unconventional move will help the GOP candidate meet the fundraising threshold required to participate in the first Republican presidential primary debate next month.

"It also allows us to secure a spot on the debate stage while avoiding paying more advertising fees to social media platforms who have owners that are hostile to conservatives," Burgum spokesperson Lance Trover noted, according to Fox News Digital.

In order to qualify for the August 23 primary debate slated to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, candidates must meet certain criteria, some of which include polling and fundraising thresholds.

The Republican National Committee's fundraising criteria for debate eligibility stipulates that candidates must have "a minimum of 40,000 unique donors to candidate’s principal presidential campaign committee (or exploratory committee), with at least 200 unique donors per state or territory in 20+ states and/or territories."

Vivek Ramaswamy, an author and entrepreneur who is also vying for the GOP presidential nomination, has announced that people can join the "Vivek Kitchen Cabinet" program and earn a 10% commission on any funds that they raise for his campaign.

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