After Donald Trump took the presidency, musician Kid Rock began to toy with the idea of running for senate and took to his website to “confirm” the future campaign. If he is running, however, he is supposedly in violation of election laws according to Common Cause, an independent organization who oversees that democratic processes are being followed according to law.
In an official complaint to the Federal Election Commission and Department of Justice, Common Cause claimed that Kid Rock confirmed his candidacy when he began confirming on Twitter that KidRockForSenate.com, a website curated to sell Kid Rock for senate merchandise, was real.
“I have had a ton of emails and texts asking me if this website is real…kidrockforsenate.com The answer is an absolute YES,” said the Tweet.
Adding to the speculation himself, he recently also organized a 501 non profit meant to increase voter registration.
Since Kid Rock is considered an official candidate according to the Federal Election Campaign Act, Common Cause argued that he must comply with set regulations such as officially registering, and acknowledging that his merchandise is correlated with the campaign. They are also asking that the FEC and DOJ “impose appropriate sanctions for any and all violations.”
In a classic Kid Rock fashion, the outspoken artist responded to criticism by posting a statement on his website.
“I am starting to see reports from the misinformed press and the fake news on how I am in violation of breaking campaign law.
1: I have still not officially announced my candidacy.
2: See #1 and go fuck yourselves.
Everyone else, Have a great Labor Day (I will be spending mine WORKING in one of the greatest cities in America – Grand Rapids, Michigan!!)
Rock on! — Kid Rock”