Kanye West’s presidential campaign continues to be riddled with controversy. According to Vice, West has now broken crucial campaign finance laws.
The monthly campaign finance filing was due to the Federal Election Commission on August 20. The documentation is a requirement for all presidential candidates who planned to raise or spend at least $100,000 on the campaign. But West’s campaign still hasn’t submitted the paperwork, which would reveal GOP efforts to back his campaign. If he does not submit these documents soon, he could be subject to FEC’s automatic fine of more than $11,000, which is imposed on campaigns that fail to file.
“He’s either violating the reporting requirements or doesn’t anticipate to spend $100,000 or more on his presidential campaign, and the latter part seems unlikely,” said Paul S. Ryan, the head of litigation at the good-government group Common Cause. “He’s missed an FEC reporting deadline on August 20 and is in [likely] violation of the law.”
However, West has likely spent well over $100,000 on his campaign so far. Qualifying for the ballot in Oklahoma alone costs $35,000, and West has also been paying people to collect the 37,000 signatures needed in Wisconsin.
The All Falls Down rapper has missed the ballot in nearly 30 states, including the key swing states, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, he has managed to qualify for the ballot in nine states, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, and Vermont. The three major states where Yeezy is on the ballot and could impact the race are Iowa, Minnesota, and Colorado, though none of which appear to be central battlegrounds in the Trump-Biden race.
It is likely that we will see a lawsuit from West aimed at Wisconsin in an effort to be placed back on the ballot there.