A group called Common Cause is attacking Kid Rock for selling campaign merchandise before he has formally filed to run for office. When asked about it by the press, he took a page out of the Trump playbook and hit right back at them.
The Washington Examiner reported:
Kid Rock accused of violating federal election law by teasing his Senate run
Kid Rock is being accused of violating federal law by touting his campaign for a seat in the U.S. Senate this summer and selling campaign merchandise, but without formally registering as a candidate and making certain public disclosures, according to a complaint filed on Friday by the group Common Cause.
“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,” Paul S. Ryan, Common Cause’s vice president for policy and litigation said in a statement. “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.”…
After hearing of these reports, Kid Rock released a statement saying he has yet to officially announced his candidacy, and telling reporters to “go fuck” themselves for the “fake news.”
This guy will probably win election easily. He certainly understands how combative the current political climate is, that’s for sure.