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.
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.