Remember last year when Kid Rock joked via Twitter about running for Michigan State Senate? Well, people took him seriously. Serious enough that the Federal Elections Commission had to get involved because of a complaint they received from the Office of General Counsel. Thankfully, the FEC recognized the situation and decided to reject the OGC’s recommendation and dismissed the filing “an exercise of prosecutorial discretion.”
The Federal Elections Commission report can be read at length HERE. Below is the key portion.
“Ritchie — who respondents credibly argue is barred from being identified as “Kid Rock” on a Michigan election ballot — does not appear to have taken even the most basic steps to become a candidate. 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. Nor does the record show that Ritchie made statements indicating he was a candidate under his legal name. In contrast to all these steps not taken, Ritchie explicitly disclaimed that he was running for Senate, or that he had ever intended to do so, more than a year before the general election. Accordingly, we do not believe the record in this matter — the sale of concert themed merchandise by a musician who explicitly disclaimed candidacy — implicates concerns which are central to the Commission’s regulatory mission or deserving of its resources.”
And remember when the public was so foolish that Jimmy Kimmel was able to convince them that Kid Rock won?