FEC dismisses complaint against Kid Rock over Senate campaign
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The Federal Elections Commission (FEC) dismissed a complaint filed against rocker Kid Rock for his hints and eventual non-run for Michigan's Senate seat.

The Detroit Free Press reported Saturday that the commission voted 3-1 to dismiss a complaint from watchdog group Common Cause that alleged Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, failed to properly report his early steps towards entering the Senate race.


Rock hinted earlier this year at a run for office and launched a website entitled "Kid Rock for Senate," but revealed later that the move was an effort to gain publicity for his new album.

Three of the FEC's commissioners wrote in their decision that Ritchie's use of the slogan was covered by artistic license, and that at no point did Ritchie ever give real indication that he was running.

“There is no evidence that Ritchie ever established a committee or campaign account, sought ballot access, hired a campaign staff or political consultants, sought to participate in a candidate debate, opened a campaign office, or solicited contributions for a campaign,” the decision read, according to the Detroit Free Press.

“Nor does the record show that Ritchie made statements indicating he was a candidate under his legal name," it continued.

The complaint from Common Cause was initially filed in September of 2017, and also accused Warner Bros. of campaign finance violations by selling "Kid Rock for Senate" shirts.

Rock told radio host Howard Stern in October of last year that he would consider a run in the future if the "left-wing" continued "f-cking" with him, while calling out his potential challenger, incumbent Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowACLU calls on Congress to approve COVID-19 testing for immigrants Senators press IRS chief on stimulus check pitfalls Democrats warn Biden against releasing SCOTUS list MORE (D-Mich.).

"If they keep f--king with me in the papers and everything, I'm going to run," Ritchie said at the time. "And I'm going to go to f--king DC, I'm going to beat the shit out of Debbie — whatever the f--k her name is — and then I'm going to go to D.C. and I'm going to smack the living shit out of all of them motherf--kers on the Hill."