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Kanye West Spent Over $3 Million To Get His Name On The Presidential Ballot In A Dozen Sates

It’s a good thing Kanye West is a billionaire, because he’s reportedly had to put a whole lot of his own cash into funding his struggling presidential campaign.

According to TMZ, a source at Let the Voters Decide—the third-party petitioning group hired by West and led by Mark Jacoby, who was arrested on voter fraud charges and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in 2008—the rapper paid the group between $3.5 million and $4.5 million to have them gather signatures on his behalf in 15 states. Much of that money allegedly went to workers in Arizona, where West spent $1 million to get 93,000 signatures. But despite all the money and manpower the rapper pumped into the state, his bid to appear on the election ballot was rejected by the Arizona Supreme Court who ruled that his electors failed to file a necessary document stating their names and political parties. According to the court, any signatures gathered before the electors filed these documents are invalid. West faced similar obstacles in Ohio and Virginia, where he, according to TMZ, allegedly spent $325,000 and $300,000 respectively, only to not make it onto the ballot after each state’s Supreme Courts ruled against West. This is hardly the first time West’s campaign has faced questions of electoral fraud.

But all of that isn’t to say that West’s financial investment in the electorate has been for naught. The reported $400,000 he spent in Kentucky and $80,000 in Iowa won him a spot on both ballots, despite two objections being filed against him in Iowa questioning him running as a no-party candidate while being a registered Republican in his home state of Wyoming and, once again, over the legitimacy of signatures on his nomination papers.

The rapper has landed himself on the ballot in 12 states total thus far, which while nowhere close to securing the 270 electoral votes he’d need to become president is just enough to inspire him to try again, apparently.

 

 

By Emily Kirkpatrick

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