Kid Rock lashes out over alleged campaign finance violation
Kid Rock is blasting reports that he could be in violation of campaign finance laws ahead of a possible Michigan Senate bid, telling the “misinformed press” to “go f— yourselves.”
“I am starting to see reports from the misinformed press and the fake news on how I am in violation of breaking campaign law,” the “All Summer Long” singer, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, wrote in an announcement on his website on Friday.
“#1 I have still not announced my candidacy,” Ritchie, who’s teased a potential GOP challenge to Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), wrote.
“#2 See #1 and go f— yourselves,” he added.
The message came after The Hill reported that a liberal-leaning watchdog group filed an ethics complaint claiming that Ritchie’s flirtation with a Senate run could be a violation of campaign finance law.
Ritchie, 46, has been hinting at a possible entry into politics for weeks, and selling T-shirts bearing a campaign logo and the words “Kid Rock for Senate.”
“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 Friday statement.
“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,” Ryan said.
While he had some choice words for the “fake news” media, Ritchie — who’s performing a Sept. 12 concert in Detroit — ended his Friday message on a more conciliatory note.
“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.”
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