According to reports, Kanye West‘s 2020 failed presidential campaign cost over $13 million USD. The final Federal Election Commission report for the artist’s bid showed that $12.4 million USD was taken out of his own pocket with just $2 million USD coming from donors. The largely self-funded “Birthday Party” party spent $13.2 million USD of a total of $14,538,989.74 USD with campaign contributions.
The reports go on to note that around $7.5 million USD was used to get Kanye’s name on ballots which was extremely difficult. Starting his run just months before Election important FEC deadlines were missed and signature requirements were not met, barring the controversial artist from being included on the ballot in many states. In the end, Kanye only garnered 60,000 votes, received wide backlash and reportedly strained his marriage with Kim Kardashian recently filing for divorce.
How Kanye fared in the U.S. presidential race, according to Deadline. Ego booster for him smh
— Eric Diep (@E_Diep) November 4, 2020