Kid Rock cleared of federal election violations after last year’s Senate gimmick

Kid Rock’s make-believe Senate aspirations won’t land him in hot water after all.

The Federal Elections Commission (FEC) has declined to charge the Michigan rap-rocker with federal campaign violations following last year’s “Kid Rock for US Senate” promotion.

In a 3-1 decision this week, the commission dismissed a complaint from the watchdog group Common Cause contending that Rock ran afoul of candidate registration and financial reporting rules.

The FEC agreed with Rock that the promotion was “an artistic and commercial undertaking” tied to his upcoming album and tour — and that the musician born Robert Ritchie was never an actual candidate.

The commission also cleared Warner Bros. of violating campaign-finance law by helping sell “Kid Rock for US Senate” merchandise.

Kid Rock stirred a frenzy in summer 2017 with his colorful if cryptic hints at a run to displace U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. He touted a Kid Rock For Senate website, sold apparel with the slogan, and inserted a fiery, R-rated stump speech into his concerts, where he took on “deadbeat dads,” national anthem protests and other hot-button topics.

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