New York Times: If Kanye West Is Running for President, So Is Your Mom
Just to be sure, though, we asked a couple of campaign law experts how much Mr. West’s filings meant.
“Very little,” said Paul S. Ryan, vice president of policy and litigation at Common Cause.
Candidates are not required to register with the F.E.C. unless they have raised or spent more than $5,000, but “there is nothing that prohibits someone who hasn’t raised or spent that amount of money from filing,” Mr. Ryan said. “That’s why you see hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of not serious candidates, and to some extent completely fake or joke candidates.”
“Filing these two forms with the Federal Election Commission are really the two easiest parts of running for president,” Mr. Ryan said. “Every state has its own rules for what it takes to have your name on the ballot, their own deadlines, their own requirements. That’s the hard part — and then actually running a campaign.”