There’s something about a Kanye West presidential bid that sounds interesting. The debates could get fun, and he might inject some interesting ideas into the discussion. I doubt he has a well-formed political philosophy, and I doubt he would have terribly many serious voters, but it comes across as a nice little laugh in tough times.
There’s one real problem: Kanye 2020 isn’t a real campaign – at least not yet. Billboard reports that the Federal Election Commission (FEC) hasn’t received any paperwork from West yet.
A spokesperson for the Federal Election Commission confirmed on Tuesday (July 8) that at press time, West did not appear to have filed the necessary paperwork to make his bid official.
“Candidates who’ve won the presidency tend to have gotten into the race much sooner than this,” an FEC spokesperson tells Billboard, adding that, historically, 119 days out from the Nov. 3 presidential election is quite late for an announcement. According to FEC rules, when a candidate has raised or spent more than $5,000, they can officially file to be on the ballot, though they are welcome to file before that even if they haven’t raised any money. “If you’re running for any federal office, four months out seems pretty late based on my experience,” adds the official, who has been with the FEC since 2005.
Right now, all Kanye has is a tweet with the hashtag of #2020VISION.
Billboard calls #2020VISION a “cool slogan,” but I beg to differ. If I had a dollar for every organization that has used some form of that phrase in the past year and a half or so (our church even used 2020 Vision as the name of the capital campaign for the campus we planned to launch this year but had to delay), I’d be a wealthy man.
Here’s the thing: if Kanye West were anything remotely resembling a serious candidate, he would’ve gotten in gear a long time ago. He’s got quote the uphill climb if he really wants to run. There are filing deadlines in several state, petitions that require thousands of names, and all sorts of bureaucratic paperwork to file. This stuff doesn’t just happen on its own.
Kanye’s announcement might have been a joke, or he could be serious. Either way, there are plenty of better ways to insert himself into the political conversation in a serious way.
What’s next for the Kanye campaign? It’ll be interesting to see if he puts his money and action where his mouth is.