On Friday (December 17), The Daily Beast released a report detailing a behind-the-scenes plot Ye’s campaign enacted to hide “potentially millions of dollars” in services it got from a network of GOP “operatives.” The report further clarified certain operatives were advisers who worked with individuals considered part of the Republican “elite.”
In sum, The Daily Beast article alleges Ye’s campaign didn’t pay any of these advisers or “operatives,” which is illegal under federal election law.
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Experts and various political watchdog operations such as Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington or CREW director Jordan Libowitz contributed to the report. According to Libowitz, the Donda rapper and fashion mogul was merely a “plant” who benefitted the Republican party.
“It’s pretty clear Kanye was a GOP plant, whether he knew it or not,” he told The Daily Beast.
It’s unclear how much Ye knew what was going on behind closed doors with his campaign, but John Boyd, who served as “spiritual adviser” for Ye, told The New York Times about his lack of awareness.
“He had companies, individuals working for him, I don’t even know if he knew what they were doing that deeply,” Boyd said. “That’s my personal view. There were definitely agendas out there that perhaps he didn’t have full control over.”
Ye’s presidential run ended in disaster and former Vice-President Joe Biden ultimately won the 2020 election. Recently, Ye called out two of his former G.O.O.D. Music labelmates, Big Sean and John Legend. during his now-infamous Drink Champs interview over lack of loyalty and not supporting his ambition to become President.
When Big Sean eventually appeared on Drink Champs, he refuted those claims, highlighting how he supported no candidate in 2020 out of respect of Ye running.
“While he was running for president, I didn’t have his contact!” Sean said. “I purposefully didn’t endorse anyone publicly, politically because my man’s is running. I didn’t come out and support the Democratic Party because my man’s was running and he wasn’t on the ballot in 30 something states,” Sean said. “I didn’t come out and support no Democratic Party, maybe John Legend did. I didn’t.”