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Kanye West donates $73K to Chicago mayoral candidate

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Kanye West has reportedly donated more than $73,000 to a candidate for Chicago mayor so she could pay off fines from the Illinois State Board of Elections.

West contributed $73,540 to the campaign of Amara Enyia, The Chicago Tribune reported Monday.

{mosads}The donation matches the exact amount of money that Enyia owed the board following her brief run for mayor in 2015.

She never closed her campaign account after dropping the bid and was slapped with fines for not filing quarterly campaign finance reports required by law.

The progressive candidate had until Dec. 20 to pay the fine in order to get on the Chicago mayoral ballot for next year.

“The Amara Enyia campaign thanks Chicago native, Kanye West, for his generous action,” the statement read. “Amara’s campaign is energizing people around the city with bold ideas and solutions that move Chicago forward. We are excited to engage people of all walks of life as we focus our efforts on getting on the ballot.”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former Obama chief of staff,  announced in September that he would not seek a third term in office next year.

As many as 15 candidates have announced they are running to fill the position, according to the Tribune.

West’s contribution comes days after fellow Chicago musician Chance the Rapper, who has sharply criticized West for his friendly relationship with President Trump, formally endorsed Enyia.

Enyia started as a journalist and has since earned a master’s degree in education, a law degree and a doctorate in education policy, according to her website.

She currently serves as the director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

Chance the Rapper, whose legal name is Chancelor Bennett, had been contemplating running for mayor himself but announced earlier this month that he would not make a bid.


Tags Amara Enyia Chance the Rapper Chicago Chicago mayor Donald Trump Illinois Kanye West Rahm Emanuel

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