Kanye West fails to raise any money for presidential bid after antisemitic tirades

Campaign filings reveal that although his campaign paid for services from white supremacist Nick Fuentes, he received zero donations


R2HEBF File photo dated 20/02/15 of Kanye West, who has donated 150,000 dollars (£117,000) to the family of a security guard shot and killed by police in the US.

Kanye West received a grand total of zero donations to his presidential campaign in the last quarter of 2022 after he went on multiple antisemitic tirades last year.

Campaign finance documents filed with the US Federal Election Commission and published this week show that the rapper, now know as Ye, received no donations to his campaign, but spent over $142,000 primarily on travel, as well as administrative services.

The documents also reveal that his campaign paid nearly $15,000 to self-declared white supremacist and neo-Nazi Nick Fuentes for travel expenses, and British right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos received nearly $50,000 for "domain transfer" and "campaign wrap up services".

Kanye West announced in November last year that he was running for president in the 2024 election in the wake of series of antisemitic tirades that started in October, including saying he that he would go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE” and praising Adolf Hitler on Infowars.

He launched merchandise to support his presidential bid, and his campaign website, still named 'Kanye 2020' from the previous election cycle, remained open for donations.

However, campaign filings published this week reveal that West received $0 in donations in the period covering October to December 2022. Not a single person, campaign, or political action committee donated any money to support his presidential bid.

The filings also reveal that West's campaign spent $142,216.91 on travel, accommodation, and various campaign administrative expenses.

Uber and United Airlines were used a number of times by the campaign, and a total of $8,434.52 was spent at Courtyard Marriott hotels.

White supremacist and antisemite Nick Fuentes also received $14,719.87 in travel expense reimbursement from the campaign. It was announced that Fuentes had joined West's presidential campaign after outrage over his attendance at a dinner West had with Donald Trump at his Florida home in late November.

British right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos also received a total of $59,995 for "domain transfer" and "campaign wrap up services". Yiannopoulos is described by the Anti Defamation League as a member of the alt-lite, a term used to distinguish individuals sometimes associated with the alt-right from those who are openly white nationalist and antisemitic.

Thousands of dollars was also spent on various accounting and administrative services.

This is West's second run for president, having stood in the 2020 election cycle, and he earned about 60,000 votes in a dozen states.

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