PolitiFact: Kid Rock not running for U.S. Senate, but FEC must decide about campaign swag

Joshua Gillin
Oct 24, 2017
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Despite previously saying he was serious about a new career in politics, musician Kid Rock told shock jock Howard Stern there was no way he was actually going to run for U.S. Senate.
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It would be easy for him to start a 501(c)(4) for that purpose, according to Adav Noti, the senior director for trial litigation and strategy at the Campaign Legal Center. But it would be difficult to tell if he had started a 501(c)(4) without knowing the name of the organization or where it was based.

We attempted to contact Kid Rock’s manager but didn’t hear back.

But because Kid Rock hedged about still possibly running for Senate, he kept the door open for having to follow FEC rules, Noti said.

"If he is not running, he can use the money to start a (c)(4)," Noti said. "If he’s not running, he can do whatever he wants with it."

But if he does decide to run, those reporting rules still apply.

If by some stretch of the imagination he does end up running, he’ll have to report profits from the web store stretching back to July, regardless of any announcement, Noti said.

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