On the Fourth of July, Kanye West tweeted that he would be running for president of the United States. According to New York Magazine, the rapper has spent about $7 million of his own money on the campaign, hitting numerous legal bumps in the road along the way.
A campaign finance report, filed to the Federal Election Commission, shows just how chaotic the process has been thus far. The most baffling example is the commonwealth of Virginia, where a number of electors for Kanye were reportedly unaware that they had signed paperwork for the campaign. The two electors successfully sued to have Kanye removed from the ballots in Virginia back in September.
On Tuesday, Kanye released another campaign video calling for support.
As for who Kanye is paying to run the campaign, New York Mag reports that the recipients of his funding are three firms: Atlas Strategy Group, Millennial Strategies, and Fortified Consulting, two of which have ties to the GOP.
Kanye’s top strategist, Gregg Keller, is a former executive director of the American Conservative Union and has long worked with Republican senators in Missouri. Additionally, the Kanye West campaign has spent over $260,000 on lawyers with Republican backgrounds. Lane Ruhland, who previously represented Donald Trump in federal court, filed on behalf of Kanye’s campaign in Wisconsin. In an attempt to get on the ballot in West Virginia, he’s being represented by two lawyers who represented Donald Trump Jr. in a 2019 lawsuit for assault libel and slander.
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