After hinting earlier this summer that he may run for a U.S. Senate seat in the 2018 midterm elections, Kid Rock has now been accused of violating federal election laws. Although Rock has not officially come out as a candidate, he launched a merchandise website at the address KidRockForSenate.com and claimed that he was seriously weighing a bid as a Republican for the Michigan seat now held by Democrat Debbie Stabenow.
However, non-partisan watchdog organization Common Cause has filed a case with the Federal Election Commission and the Department of Justice against Rock. They claim that by launching his site and selling campaign products, he has become an official candidate and is violating election laws by not registering as one nor disclosing that profits from sales of his merchandise are going toward his campaign. Rock’s longtime record label, Warner Bros., is named in the case too for “facilitating and acting as a conduit for contributions to the Kid Rock campaign.”
Rock responded in a note on his website KidRock.com:
The fact that Kid Rock may or may not be running for U.S. Senate is a joke in itself so I don't need to come up with one about it.