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Kanye West's Presidential Campaign Accused of Accepting Donations From Minors

The 2020 presidential election has come to an end, but Kanye West's presidential campaign still faces major backlash and potential legal action from the Federal Elections Commission for alleged improprieties.

The Daily Beast wrote an investigative report into West's birthday party campaign, which the FEC has reportedly eyed for an odd number of criticisms. "In five-plus years of doing this, I've never come across something like this," said Jordan Libowitz, communications director for government watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, about Ye's campaign.

Jennifer Bloom, the mother of 16-year-old donor Ian Bloom, called West's campaign "a scam." Her son bought $3,280 worth of Kanye 2020 merch with hopes of making a sizable flip on the secondary market. He reportedly has not received a single item he purchased. "I don't know what's happening there," Ian Bloom said. "I ordered like 20 hoodies off his campaign website, along with a lot of other people that I know. They said it would be three weeks, and after that, I emailed the support team, and the email just wasn't a thing." He is still trying to dispute the charges with his credit card company.

There is also the concern of accepting campaign donations from children, which is prohibited. Students reportedly make up for upwards of 1,200 of the West campaign's 3,161 donations, with the contributing total being a shocking $349,160. "I can say with confidence that at least half of us in the group have to be still in high school," Bloom stated. Two other minors also came forward, including 15-year-old Andres Zapata, who claimed he donated $1,300 in January but has yet to receive his items. Merch is no longer available on Kanye's campaign site.

Kanye announced last July that he was running for president in 2020, getting a late start on his already unfathomable run to become the POTUS. Things definitely were uncertain from the start, with Kanye reportedly hiring and firing 180-person campaign workers within a week of announcing his run. After reigniting his campaign in September of last year, he reportedly asked the unwed people on his staff to refrain from having sex.

The rapper and aspiring politician struggled to get on ballots in many states. They were even excluded from the ballot in Illinois after discovering that 1,900 of the signatures his campaign allegedly obtained were void, prompting many to believe the FEC would investigate voter fraud.

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