Watchdog group files complaint accusing Kid Rock of violating federal election laws

Watchdog group files complaint accusing Kid Rock of violating federal election laws”

Because Kid Rock is a "candidate" under the Federal Election Campaign Act's definition, Common Cause argues that he must comply with restrictions, such as registering officially, limiting who can contribute to his campaign (i.e., buy his merchandise), and making clear that his merchandise supports his campaign.

The message came after several news outlets, including The Hill, reported that a liberal-leaning watchdog group filed an ethics complaint claiming that Kid Rock's flirtation with a Senate run could be a violation of campaign finance law.

He's been making waves in the music world for years but talk of a run for U.S. Senate has landed Kid Rock in hot water.

Warner Bros. Records, Kid Rock's label, also is targeted in the complaint; the company is accused of violating federal law and commission regulations by facilitating and acting as a conduit for contributions to the Kid Rock campaign. Common Cause Vice President of Policy and Litigation Paul S. Ryan says that whether Rock is serious or not, selling campaign merchandise without having registered as a candidate is illegal. "First of all, I've got 15 days from my announcement to file paperwork with the FEC!" he said in a statement on July 13, the day after his initial announcement, indicating at least a vague awareness of campaign laws, though later he added: "... No. 2: "See No. 1 and go f- yourselves".

Kid Rock was an early Trump supporter, and attended a White House dinner along with Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent, and other redneck millionaires in April. He's promoting his non-candidacy on Twitter, and linking to articles featuring favorable polls in a hypothetical Senate race matchup with MI incumbent Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat.

Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Richie, hasn't formally announced that he is a candidate for office. "Money raised at this time through the sale of merchandise associated with this very possible campaign will go towards our "register to vote" efforts".

Read the full complaint here.

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