Musician Donates Funds From His Fake Political Race

Kid Rock has given away the money he raised in his three-month campaign for the U.S. Senate, which he eventually admitted was a hoax.

The Detroit News reported that the musician, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, raked in $122,000 from the sale of campaign shirts, hats, bumper stickers, yard signs and other items. He has donated the funds to the College Republicans’ voter-registration efforts, according to his publicist.

Ritchie acknowledged that it was just a publicity stunt to promote an album and concert tour when he announced in July 2017 a “very possible campaign” for one of Michigan’s Senate seats in this year’s midterm congressional elections. The singer suggested that he would run as a Republican against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow.

However, in October, Ritchie declared during an interview on Howard Stern’s radio program: “(Expletive deleted) no, I’m not running for Senate."

"Are you (expletive deleted) kidding me? Who couldn’t (expletive deleted) figure that out?”

Later, he claimed on his blog that the proceeds from the campaign merchandise were going to CRNC Action, a College Republicans affiliate that registered voters last summer at the rocker’s concerts. “Not only can I raise money for this critical cause, but I can help get people registered to vote at my shows,” Ritchie wrote.

“The media has speculated this was a ploy to sell shirts or promote something. I can tell you, I have no problem selling Kid Rock shirts and yes, I absolutely will use this media circus to sell/promote whatever I damn well please.”

The fake campaign never got off the ground. The Detroit News noted that Ritchie did not even actually form a 501(c)(4) organization with which to raise money for a political race, or file his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission.

“All of the money raised from the political merchandise was sent directly to CRNC Action,” the publicist, Jay Jones, confirmed in an email. “The total is approximately 100k.”

The nonprofit group’s president, Ted Dooley, backed up the story. Regarding the young Republicans’ presence at Ritchie’s concerts, he explained: “The voter-registration work was pretty much like other work we do — set up and man voter-registration booths, collect the registration forms and submit them — except a lot more fun.”

Although neither Ritchie nor CRNC Action has provided proof of the donation, they are not required to do so. “If the money came from Kid Rock and went to the 501(c)(4), there would not be any public disclosure of it,” said Brendan Fischer, who heads the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center’s Federal and FEC Reform Program.

“They don’t have to disclose where their money came from.”

There is good news for anyone who still wants a “Kid Rock for U.S. Senate” baseball cap or T-shirt, for the novelty of the merchandise or perhaps because it might become a collector’s item. Warner Bros. Records is still offering the stuff, but has sold out all of the bumper stickers and yard signs.

The company’s website originally provided full disclosure, with the disclaimer: “All proceeds go to voter-registration efforts. This is not a political contribution.”

However, the statement has since been removed. “After Bob said on Howard Stern that he wasn’t going to be a politician, there was no need for the disclaimer anymore,” Jones told The News.

Source: Vice
Photo: Wikimedia Commons, YouTube

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