Kanye West’s Presidential Campaign Allegedly Violated Fundraising Regulations! Kanye West‘s failed Presidential bid last year may not only have cost him his marriage to Kim Kardashian but may also pose legal issues to the rapper. According to a report by the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Kanye West’s presidential campaign violated several fundraising rules. Kanye’s campaign accepted numerous donations from minors as well as contributions from foreign nationals, with a possible inclusion of some fake names as well as addresses linked to drop-shipping facilities on the east and west coasts.
Kanye unsuccessfully ran for US president last year and while conceding defeat alluded to the fact that he would run again in 2024.
Should he be able to run again come 2024, the rapper will have to change his fundraising strategy for the campaign. It is illegal for presidential candidates to seek and accept donations from minors and non-US citizens.
Among the rapper’s fundraising strategies was one to sell campaign merchandise on his website, including hats and hoodies. According to a report from the Daily Beast, several teenagers bought the items, with the proceeds going to the rapper’s campaign.
Students reportedly constituted more than 1,200 of the 3,161 donors to Kanye’s presidential bid, coming to $349,160 in total.
16-year-old Ian Bloom was one such donor opened up to the publication that he had spent $3,280 (£2,371) on campaign merchandise but had received none of it. “I don’t know what’s happening there,” He said. “I ordered like 20 hoodies off his campaign website, along with a lot of other people that I know. They said it would be three weeks, and after that, I emailed the support team, and the email just wasn’t a thing.”
Apart from looking into these donations, the FEC may also launch an investigation into West’s allegedly illegal fundraising practices that saw him receive nearly $100,000 in small donations this year.