Report: GOP Operatives Are Helping Kanye West’s Campaign

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At least two Republican operatives are linked to rapper Kanye West's presidential campaign.

According to New York magazine’s Intelligencer, at least two people involved with Kanye West’s presidential campaign are also involved in the Republican Party.

  • Per the report, “Chuck Wilton, one of the three electors West’s presidential campaign named in a filing submitted with the Vermont secretary of State on Monday, was also elected by the Vermont Republican Party in May to serve as a delegate for President Trump at this year’s RNC.”
  • Wilton explained to the publication: “Somebody said that Vermont needs electors for certain people and [it was] something I said that I’m more than willing to do,” adding that he was “not disappointed with [Trump] but wanted to search out some more alternatives to him.”
  • A second Republican to West’s campaign is prominent GOP operative Gregg Keller, who “was listed as the campaign’s point of contact in a filing with the Arkansas secretary of State.”
  • The Intelligencer noted that Keller “is the former executive director of the American Conservative Union and has worked for a number of prominent Republican politicians including Mitt Romney and Josh Hawley.”

West’s efforts to appear on the November ballot have “faced a number of stumbles in recent weeks,” but the rapper was successful in filing to appear on the ballot in Arkansas, West Virginia, and Vermont, though the “signatures he submitted in the first two states still need to be validated.”

  • West “is also pushing forward with efforts to get on the ballot in two key swing states this week,” including Wisconsin, where “there are 45 people on the ground working to get West on the ballot.”
  • And in Ohio, the rapper “is pushing to collect the 5,000 valid signatures needed to appear on the ballot, which have to be submitted on Wednesday.”
  • According to the report, “West would need to appear on the ballot in some combination of states totaling 270 electoral votes in order [to] participate in the presidential debates” — a threshold set by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates. He would also need “at least 15 percent support in opinion polls.”

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