Controversies continue to follow Kanye West as his informal presidential campaign for 2024 gets messy.
The hip-hop superstar, legally known as Ye, has been criticized for his social media presence. The entertainer’s most worrisome statements were attacks against Jews that ended many of his lucrative contracts.
After seemingly retreating into his shell, the record producer returned to the spotlight with a renewed interest in leading the US. However, the 45-year-old’s political comeback is raising eyebrows with fraud accusations.
Kanye West’s Presidential Hopes Dwindle In Light Of Illegal Allegations
The Donda founder’s presidential run might repeat his failed 2020 campaign as a former employee shared disturbing claims. Per PEOPLE, Patrick Krason, the rapper’s treasurer, announced his resignation in a tell-all letter.
Addressed to the Federal Election Commission, the financial officer implied he was partying ways with the AMA winner’s team because of illegal activities. The former treasurer accused the campaign adviser, Milo Yiannopoulos, of breaking federal campaign finance laws.
Krason claimed that the right-wing political commentator “submitted falsified invoices and for expenditures that would be deemed unlawful” in 2022. In his letter, West’s ex-employee highlighted an expense for a digital asset for which Yiannopoulos allegedly wanted compensation.
The adviser reportedly asked for reimbursement from the “Gold Digger” artist’s campaign and the campaign of Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. Following the financial officer’s fraud accusations, Yiannopoulos clapped back, saying he would not “give any credence or ridiculous, ridiculous and easily disproven claims.”
In all of this, the ex-husband of Kim Kardashian doesn’t seem to be directly involved and has not publicly addressed the scandal. Although the Yeezy founder has not officially declared his presidential candidacy, given his lack of filing with the FEC, the media personality’s informal campaign started incorrectly.
The father-of-four failed to garner support with zero donations in his “Kanye2020” political movement. Although the 17-time Billboard Music Award recipient might be great at topping charts, he unsuccessfully convinced others to bet on his electoral campaign.
After announcing his intent to run for the White House with a since-deleted video with a “Ye 24” logo, the entertainer shared a clip of his seemingly close relationship with former President Donald Trump and white supremacist Nick Fuentes.
The trio was seen enjoying dinner at the Mar-a-Lago club, a revelation that might have negatively impacted West’s campaign. Sources claimed the 45-year-old did not “receive a cent from anybody” to support his presidential run.
According to the campaign’s financial report, the Atlanta native had been promoting his political dreams with his own money. The Hip-hop star allegedly racked up more than $142,000 in expenses.
One of the listed payments in the document revealed that the record producer’s dinner with Trump required additional expenses. The “Ghost Town” rapper allegedly paid Fuentes over $9,000 in “travel reimbursement” on the night of their meal.
Yiannopoulos, the campaign adviser, reportedly received $40,000 for “campaign wrap-up services” in mid-December after Ye fired him. The political commentator also got $10,000 in “domain transfer” fees on the same date as the fashion designer’s infamous Mar-a-Lago dinner.
Former Employees Sued the Donda Academy For Allegedly Running A Horrible Institution
Amid his failing informal presidential campaign, the talented music executive is deeply embroiled in legal woes.
Last month, The Blast revealed that the 24-time Grammy honoree’s problems increased thanks to an “unlawful educational practices” lawsuit. The Atlanta native was sued by two teachers who served at his Donda Academy.
Cecilia Hailey and Chekarey Byers accused the father-of-four of endangering the lives of his Christian private school students with bizarre operations standards. The plaintiffs, the only female African American teachers at the school, shared appalling details of the institution’s alleged procedures.
Hailey claimed to have uncovered several health and safety violations at the academy. This included failing to follow state regulations regarding “students needing educational services, additional testing, or individualized learning plans.”
The educator stated that teachers were not trained to have Basic Life Support (BLS), nor was it an employment requirement. They were also excluded from undergoing mandatory reporter training, a state requirement.
Hailey noted that the school did not have a proper disciplinary system for students, especially for bullies. According to the plaintiff, she witnessed multiple cases of severe bullying, including when a child attacked an eighth-grade student and tried to assault a teacher.
Byers supported her fellow educator’s claims that Donda lacked the basic requirements to function as a “proper school.” The academy allegedly has no “janitorial services, nursing staff, or staff trained to provide proper medical care.”