White House Watch: More than 600 Candidates Running for President 

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There’s a lot of people running for President. According to the Federal Elections Commission, 631candidates have filed documents. Here are the top five on the list.

President Donald J. Trump has raised $67,548,285 as of Dec. 31, 2018. Trump’s nearest competitor, in terms of campaign finance, is John Delaney with $6,145,779. Delaney formally served in the U.S. Congress, representing Maryland’s sixth district. He described himself as a “problem solver”over the weekend during a campaign stop in Twin Falls, Idaho. Delaney, 55, said he comes from a blue collar family and appears to be positioning for a moderate and centrist campaign.

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Delaney is a Democrat as are Andrew Yang ($659,578), Hart Cunningham ($338,684) and Julian Castro ($220,387) - the next three on the FEC’s filing list.

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Yang, 44, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, has attracted attention with a proposal for basic income that he calls a “Freedom Dividend.”

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“The Freedom Dividend would help immediately - $1,000 a month per adult would go very far in rural areas,” Yang tweeted on March 24. “It would make paying local property taxes and school costs more affordable and enable people and communities to make better transitions.” 

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Yang argues sexual orientation and gender identity should be protected classes under the law.

“Who you love and how you love is up to you,” Yang said. “The law should recognize and protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans individuals. I’ve been pro-gay marriage; why should straight people have all the fun? People are people and love is beautiful.”

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Cunningham, a Peter Drucker follower, is described as a businessman, philanthropist and entrepreneur who founded three tech companies. Castro is the former U.S. Secretary for Housing and Urban Development in the Obama administration and was mayor of San Antonio, Texas from 2009-2014.

Other Democrats still considering a presidential campaign include former Vice President Joe Biden, former Georgia Rep. Stacey Abrams, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-15).

LGBT Field Notes:

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg campaigned inSouth Carolina over the weekend. The small Southern state has traditionally played an early role in the party primaries and Buttigieg was warmly welcomed by Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Steve Benjamin, a fellow Christian. Earlier in the week, during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, Buttigieg said it was time to “reclaim faith as a theme.”

“I think the time has come for more of a religious left to emerge in our country, that lets people know that they’re not alone when they look at faith and think that it teaches us to reach out to others, to humble ourselves, to take care of the immigrant, and the prisoner, and frankly, the sex worker,” Buttigieg said. “Literally, Jesus spends his time with sex workers, among others. Lepers. And here we have this totally warped idea of what Christianity ought to be like when it comes into the public sphere that’s mostly about exclusion. Which is the last thing that I imbibe when I take in scripture in church.”

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