- The Washington Times - Monday, January 22, 2018

Kid Rock has donated $122,000 raised by his fake Senate campaign to a College Republicans group promoting voter registration.

The singer fueled months of speculation last year that he was considering running for Democrat Debbie Stabenow’s U.S. Senate seat in Michigan as a Republican. He launched a “Kid Rock for Senate” website and raised money by selling T-shirts, bumper stickers and road signs promoting the “campaign.”

In October, he finally admitted that it was a PR stunt to create a buzz for his 2018 “American Rock ‘n Roll” tour.

Kid Rock’s publicist Jay Jones told The Detroit News that the money raised from his merchandise has been donated to CRNC Action, a 501(c)(4) organization affiliated with the College Republicans which promotes voter registration.

“All of the money raised from the political merchandise was sent directly to CRNC Action. The total is approximately 100K,” Mr. Jones said.

Ted Dooley, the president of CRNC Action, confirmed to The Detroit News that a donation of about $122,000 was made last month.

Meanwhile, the watchdog group Common Cause has filed a complaint with the FEC and the U.S. Department of Justice, alleging Kid Rock violated federal election laws by raising campaign funds without registering his candidacy.

Paul S. Ryan, vice president for policy and litigation for Common Cause, told The Detroit News that the singer’s donation to CRNC Action “doesn’t really impact our complaint.”

“Candidates — which is what we allege he was — have broad latitude with how they dispose of leftover or surplus campaign funds, which is how I would characterize these funds,” Mr. Ryan said.

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