Kanye West is still trying to run for president and so far it’s cost him a lot of money — nearly $6 million.
Ye’s campaign filed its first financial report Friday with the FEC, and if you tally up his disbursements (what he/his campaign have spent personally) … it comes to just under $6 million. If you go into the raw data, you can see exactly what he’s spent and on what.
Between July and August, Ye and co. spent a little over $4 million on ballot access services — sending hundreds of thousands to a handful of orgs that … well, help someone get on a ballot (and quickly). There are three main LLCs he’s gone to repeatedly, and some are headed up by guys that either used to work for Trump’s campaign … or were trying to.
One of the ballot companies Kanye hired is Fortified Consulting — which, according to the Washington Post, has the same address of a consulting firm called the Lincoln Strategy Group … run by a dude named Nathan Sproul, who worked on DT’s 2016 campaign.
Here’s another … Ye dished out about a mil to a company called Atlas Strategy Group — which is led by another guy named Gregg Keller … who interviewed to be Trump’s campaign manager in 2016. Interestingly, one other BAS company he used was one recently used by Pete Buttigieg … Millennial Strategies based out of NYC. So … not total bad optics, right???
Fact is, the money trail appears to lend at least some credence to the theory Kanye has allowed his campaign to be infiltrated by GOP operatives … Trump ones, at that.
Of course, he’s denied any Trump ties. Also, his last-minute bid has had about a 50/50 success rate — he’s made it on some, and was booted from others.
What a waste of time, energy, and money.