For President Trump to win by a large margin in the coming election, he must ensure the African American population in those communities. The tactics which he is using are proving to work efficiently and can keep him far ahead of anyone coming up against him. Those who support the president are coming together across the nation to hold events with cash giveaways to lucky attendees who attend those events. Money talks, and it is speaking in loud volumes to the African American communities.
The first event took place in Cleveland, Ohio, in December, where tickets were drawn for cash prizes stuffed in envelopes. This month, an event has been postponed but will happen soon in Virginia. More events are in the process of being planned and will take place throughout President Trump’s campaign.
President Trump’s campaign has been forking out its own funds to divert African American voters from voting Democrat. There is only one small legal problem that is being worked out since these events are charitable. The Urban Revitalization Coalition is accepting donations to fund the cash giveaways, and charity events by law cannot support politics, or they lose their tax exemptions.
Those who organize the events state everything is run by the book. The events are designed to grow economic development within cities. Nothing has been done to the URC concerning the tax exemptions, but questions are being raised about the cash giveaways. Kinks are being worked out, and the group appears to be within their legal limits.
Marcus Owens, a former director of the Exempt Organizations Division at the Internal Revenue Service, raised the argument by stating, “Charities are required to spend their money on charitable and educational activities. It’s not immediately clear to me how simply giving money away to people at an event is a charitable act.”
Urban Revitalization Coalition’s CEO, Darrell Scott was questioned about the giveaways, and he responded to the argument by saying, “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.” Scott was also asked to provide the names of the donors, to which he responded, “I’d rather not. They prefer to remain anonymous.”
Scott is one of the president’s closest allies and black supporters. He is a pastor in Cleveland and has been friends with President Trump long before he ran for president in 2016. Scott is also friends with former lieutenant Michael Cohen who cofounded the National Diversity Coalition. Altogether, they work toward gaining the black voters’ support for President Trump within key communities.
The URC doesn’t only support President Trump. They support all Republicans throughout the country. Organizations such as the Opportunity Zone Program worked in Delaware, Kentucky, and other states to gain the Republican candidates’ victories.
It was reported, cash giveaways were not part of the program back then. They are using the incentives to gather the black communities to attend the events in hopes of opening their eyes.
The first event in December was called the “Christmas Extravaganza” and had a special appearance by Ja’Ron Smith, who is one of the highest-ranking black officials working in the White House.
Geraldo Rivera was another special guest at the event. Rivera is known for standing up for the president saying and proving he is not “racist.” He told the crowd, “President Donald Trump, the one that they say is racist is the first president in the history of this country to incentivize people who have the money to put it into… urban areas.”
One of the winners from the Cleveland event walked away, cheering, “Four more years of President Trump. Yay!” It is essential to understand, the law watchdogs can only stop the events, not the people who attend. The First Amendment gives the people that right.
With the law watchdogs hounding the URC, the law clearly states organizations that hold charitable events have the right to honor and praise any official they choose. They cannot support or degrade any candidates in any election.
Adav Noti, a senior director at the Campaign Legal Center, and an election law watchdog stated, “If they do it independently and it really is agenda focused, not electoral, yes that’s permissible under campaign finance law.”
Scott announced there will be more details in the coming days with the group’s scheduled events once the kinks are ironed out. The black communities are eagerly awaiting.