Common Cause v. Kid Rock -- he's running for Michigan Senate and violating campaign law

Kid Rock for Senate? Common Cause files complaint against Kid Rock for breaking election law

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SIGN THE PETITION: Kid Rock's candidacy might be a joke, but breaking laws that protect our elections from unaccountable Big Money isn't. Add your name to hold him accountable.

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SIGN THE PETITION: Kid Rock's candidacy might be a joke, but breaking laws that protect our elections from unaccountable Big Money isn't. Add your name to hold him accountable.

Robert James Ritchie (a.k.a. “Kid Rock”) is acting as a Senate candidate without following contribution limits or disclosing donors. And even if his candidacy might be a joke, he’s breaking important rules that protect us from unaccountable big money in our politics.

Common Cause just filed a federal complaint against him and his record label -- you can add your name in support on the right-hand side -- then use the buttons below to share it.

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Kid Rock already has a campaign website and is using a link to a Warner Bros. Records website to sell campaign T-shirts, yard signs, hats and bumper stickers, bearing the “KID ROCK FOR US SENATE” logo.

Even if Kid Rock’s campaign is just a publicity stunt, breaking the law to raise big campaign cash isn’t a joke. It’s how 2016 primary candidates like Jeb Bush and Scott Walker illegally raised millions for their Super PACs before “officially” entering the race.

We filed a complaint earlier this year against President Donald Trump for abusing loopholes in the law to evade contribution limits and get an illegal head start on fundraising for 2020. Our elections aren’t a joke -- every candidate is accountable to the rules that keep secretly-raised big money out of our politics.

Common Cause is asking the FEC and DOJ to investigate Kid Rock’s campaign and to “impose appropriate sanctions for any and all violations” along with “additional remedies as are necessary and appropriate to ensure compliance” with the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA).

Add your name in support of our complaint -- Kid Rock and every other candidate must play by the rules that keep unaccountable big money out of our politics.

Read More: Kid Rock has been running for Senate all summer long, violating federal law

Known as “American Bad Ass” to legions of fans, music star Kid Rock is living up to the nickname in his fledgling campaign for one of Michigan’s seats in the U.S. Senate.

In a complaint filed today with the Federal Election Commission and Department of Justice, Common Cause accuses Kid Rock of violating federal election laws by acting as a Senate candidate while failing to register his candidacy, comply with contribution restrictions and publicly disclose contributions to his campaign.

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.

“Regardless of whether Kid Rock says he’s only exploring candidacy, he’s selling ‘Kid Rock for Senate’ merchandise and is a candidate under the law. This is campaign finance law 101,” said Paul S. Ryan, Common Cause’s vice president for policy and litigation. “Given the activities we’ve documented in the complaint, he can’t reasonably claim to be merely testing the waters of candidacy and thus exempt from candidate filing requirements. He is a candidate and is obligated to abide by all the rules and make the same disclosures required of everyone else running for federal office.”

Common Cause is asking the FEC and DOJ to launch investigations of Kid Rock’s campaign and to “impose appropriate sanctions for any and all violations” along with “additional remedies as are necessary and appropriate to ensure compliance” with the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA).

The complaint notes that while he has not formally declared his candidacy, Kid Rock already has a campaign website, http://kidrockforsenate.com, and is using a link to a Warner Bros. Records website to sell campaign T-shirts, yard signs, hats and bumper stickers, bearing the “KID ROCK FOR US SENATE” logo.

Kid Rock also is promoting his candidacy on social media. Since July, the complaint notes, the musician has maintained a Twitter account, @KidRockSenator, that has been hawking the sale of campaign materials. On July 29, that account tweeted “Donate to the campaign! Get your gear! #PoliticsNation” along with an image of “KID ROCK FOR US SENATE” merchandise with the text “SHOP NOW.”

The Twitter account also has linked to an article on “The Gateway Pundit” website that details results of a poll showing Kid Rock leading incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the complaint says.

To read the complaint, click here

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