Kanye West finds himself embroiled in a political controversy as his campaign manager reportedly used Marjorie Taylor Greene’s credit card to pay for the Ye for President 2024 website.
The political scandal had been simmering for some time, but it reached a critical point on Wednesday (May 10) when The Daily Beast obtained purchase receipts from an insider with direct knowledge of the situation.
Though ye still hasn’t officially announced his presidential bid, and has, in fact, been waffling back and forth with the idea of doing so, the outlet revealed that alt-right troll Milo Yiannopoulos used Greene’s credit card to purchase the website associated with West’s expected presidential run.
“The receipts match Federal Election Commission filings from both campaigns,” reported the outlet. “Those filings show that on Nov. 22, the Greene campaign reported a $7,020.16 expense to the GoDaddy hosting service for “domain registration and hosting.” That same day, the Kanye 2020 committee reported paying Yiannopoulos $9,955 for “domain transfer.””
This report is in line with a prior release on May 9th, which revealed the resignation of Patrick Krason, West’s presidential campaign treasurer. Krason reported to a federal regulator that Ye’s campaign advisor, Milo Yiannopoulos, may have violated the law.
According to Krason, Yiannopoulos submitted invoices that were falsified and expenses that could be considered illegal last November.
In the letter, it was specified that Yiannopoulos had requested reimbursement from both Kanye 2020 and the campaign of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia, for a purported “digital asset” expense. Yiannopoulos had previously worked for Greene.
According to the Daily Beast’s report, the website in question was revealed to be the digital assets. Records indicate that on November 22, GoDaddy charged Isaiah Wartman, Greene’s senior adviser, $7,020.16 for the purchase of the “ye24.com” domain. While Yiannopoulos was said to have overseen the transaction using the Greene campaign card, it is unclear whether the Greene campaign was aware of the expense at the time, as per a source familiar with the matter.
Although concerns have been raised regarding the legality of the transaction as both Greene and West may have engaged in a variety of criminal activities, including potential misappropriation and conversion of campaign funds for personal gain, the underlying reason for the transaction remains unanswered.
According to Greene, she was completely unaware of what was happening and finds it appalling that anyone would accuse her of being involved in any criminal behavior.
“Congresswoman Greene knew nothing about the gross negligence made by a vendor and is being unfairly attacked as a result,” a consultant for Greene’s campaign, Isaiah Wartman, said in a statement to LGBTQ Nation. “The campaign was told the purchase was refunded. This wasn’t the case.”
But as any first-year law student knows, ignorance of the law is not a defense against breaking it. “That is on its face an excessive, prohibited contribution,” said Saurav Ghosh, Federal Campaign Finance Reform Legal Director for the Campaign Legal Center, to the outlet. “Whether Marjorie Taylor Greene or her senior staffers knew about it, the value was well in excess of the amount that one campaign can legally contribute to another campaign.”
Additionally, because of Greene’s unyielding loyalty to Donald Trump, there are some political experts who believe that Kanye West is being used by the alt-right as a fall guy of sorts. They believe that he is being used to divert votes from President Joe Biden’s upcoming re-election campaign, potentially tipping the scales in favor of Trump in the 2024 presidential race if he chooses to run again.
Kanye West himself revealed the theory that his motive for running for president in 2020 was solely to sabotage Biden’s initial campaign efforts, as he told Forbes.
“I’m not saying Trump’s in my way, he may be a part of my way. And Joe Biden? Like come on man, please. You know?” he said. “I’m okay with siphoning off Black votes from the Democratic nominee, thus helping Trump. I’m not denying it, I just told you. To say that the Black vote is Democratic is a form of racism and white supremacy.”