Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has announced that he will be offering people a financial incentive if they help his campaign raise money — stating that he will be giving them a 10% commission on the money they raise.
Ramaswamy, an author and entrepreneur who announced his 2024 presidential campaign earlier this year, has dubbed the program the “Vivek Kitchen Cabinet.”
He announced the plan in a video posted to Twitter on Monday, calling out the “small oligopoly of political fundraisers” that he is eschewing in favor of funding his own supporters.
“A small oligopoly of political fundraisers is already making an ungodly amount of $ on this election. It’s disgusting. I’m breaking up that cartel. Today we’re launching the Vivek Kitchen Cabinet: starting today, *anyone* can fundraise for the Vivek 2024 campaign & make a 10% commission. If someone else is getting rich on this, it might as well be you. Let’s go,” he captioned the video.
A small oligopoly of political fundraisers is already making an ungodly amount of $$ on this election. It’s disgusting. I’m breaking up that cartel. Today we’re launching the Vivek Kitchen Cabinet: starting today, *anyone* can fundraise for the Vivek 2024 campaign & make a 10%… pic.twitter.com/k2y9ZL8WPe
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) July 10, 2023
The Ramaswamy campaign’s website includes a page dedicated to the program, which states that anyone who participates will be given “a dedicated fundraising link to achieve their goals” and receive “10% per donation attributed to their dedicated link.”
Ramaswamy’s candidacy has been surprisingly popular, considering previous discussions of the 2024 Republican presidential field focused almost entirely on former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). The former president currently has a significant lead over the rest of the GOP primary field, while the Florida governor is sitting at a distant second. Despite being a relatively unknown figure prior to announcing his campaign, Ramaswamy is polling higher than well-known candidates like radio host Larry Elder, according to RealClearPolitics.
His campaign platform includes similar talking points to Trump and DeSantis, expressing support for policies such as using the U.S. military to secure the southern border and to “annihilate Mexican drug cartels.”
Ramaswamy’s campaign website also states that he wants to abolish “toxic government agencies: Dept of Education, FBI, IRS, and more (and rebuild from scratch when required).”
The first Republican primary debate is scheduled for August 23 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is still unclear who will appear on the stage, as candidates must meet various criteria in order to qualify.