While Kid Rock should have been spending his time getting ready for summer’s final holiday weekend in his home state of Michigan on September 1, the outspoken artist was busy facing some big issues.
The political watchdog group Common Cause filed a complaint against him with the Federal Election Commission and the Department of Justice, Billboard reports. The complaint seeks an investigation into whether Kid Rock has violated federal election laws by “acting as a [U.S.] Senate candidate — tweeting about it and launching kidrockforsenate.com without registering his candidacy,” according to Billboard. The complaint also alleges that he has not publicly disclosed contributions to his potential campaign or complied with contribution laws.
Kid Rock quickly went on the offense.
“I am starting to see reports from the misinformed press and the fake news on how I am in violation of breaking campaign law,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “No. 1 – I have still not officially announced my candidacy. No. 2 – see No. 1 and go fuck yourselves. Everyone else, Have a great Labor Day. I will be spending mine WORKING in one of the greatest cities in America – Grand Rapids, Michigan!”
Unfortunately, despite Kid Rock’s rebuttal, there does seem to be a bit of trouble in his future. Paul S. Ryan, the vice president for policy and litigation for the Washington D.C.-based Common Cause, said in a statement on the group’s web site, “Regardless of whether Kid Rock says he’s only exploring candidacy, he’s selling ‘Kid Rock for Senate’ merchandise and is a candidate under the law. This is campaign finance law 101 … He can’t reasonably claim to be merely testing the waters of candidacy and thus exempt from candidate filing requirements.”
Meanwhile, Kid Rock’s Nashville-based publicity team has announced that during his Sept. 12 concert at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, the musician will “be giving his fans exclusive insight on his political views and aspirations for Michigan while onstage.”
This is about to get interesting.