Kanye West is currently in the middle of a divorce from his wife Kim Kardashian who finally filed for divorce after months of writing on the wall. And rumor has it a part of their ultimate end was related to him running for President of the United States (as well as Twitter rants). He must really have wanted to stick it to Joe Biden because the final Federal Election Commission report shows that of the $13.2 million wasted on this shitshow, $12 million came from Kanye himself. Blowing through millions of dollars on a bullshit election campaign? That is unacceptable in the Koven! Millions can be spent on filler, luxury cars, birthday vacations, and Birkins only!
Kanye’s failed campaign was launched 122 days before the election under the “Birthday Party.” He had only one campaign rally which was a hot disaster where he ranted and sobbed about his anti-abortion stances and a plethora of other cringe-worthy shit. Kanye did concede, which was more than Donald Trump did–even though Kanye never even made it on the ballot in enough states to win the electoral college votes necessary in the first place.
In September, it was reported that Kaney’s campaign cost him $6 million of his own money. Well, double it, because it was a lot more. People broke down the costs associated with Kanye’s 2020 run which managed to score 66,000 votes in total, 66,000 too many. via People:
[Kanye] contributed nearly $12.5 million of his own money while raising a little more than $2 million from outside contributions, according to his final Federal Election Commission report.
In all, the rapper and designer raised $14.5 million to fund his late-in-the-cycle bid, in which he barely qualified for the ballot in a dozen states and earned only about 66,000 votes nationally…
He ended his run four months later with about $1.3 million in the bank…
West’s campaign spent more than $7.5 million on fees related to “ballot access,” including $1.28 million in payments to Atlas Strategy Group… In one case, West paid a $35,000 fee to get his name on the ballot in Oklahoma. Then he received less than 6,000 votes in Oklahoma.
His campaign’s other top spending centered on legal fees, production for online videos he used to promote his campaign and “Kanye 2020” apparel — which in some cases listed buyers as campaign contributors.
(One California man who spent $4,200 on campaign apparel tells PEOPLE he didn’t know that money was going to support West’s bid: “I am a Kanye fan but I didn’t support his campaign,” the buyer says, explaining he merely flipped the clothes he bought online.)…
West’s filings show he pumped more than $2.7 million of his own money into the campaign even during the final four weeks of the race…
For example, public records show he spent $210,544 on a two-page ad in The New York Times one week ahead of the election and spent $918,130 on campaign apparel on Election Day.
“They overpaid on a lot of stuff,” West’s former operative says.
He spent almost a million dollars on “campaign apparel” on the day of the election itself? Hmmm… that sounds like something maybe the IRS might want to look into if they thought it was suspicious.
Overall, this was clearly a huge waste of money, but are we shocked that Kanye spent most of his money printing t-shirts and trying to split votes in swing states? This whole thing was a joke, a very expensive one. But no worries, Kanye will just be like that California man and flip the remaining merch he has by overcharging for it at his Sunday services. Kanye will make his money back in no time!