Rapper Kanye West, who announced his candidacy for the U.S. presidency on July 4, registered his campaign committee with the Federal Election Commission Thursday and won approval to be on the Oklahoma state ballot.
Oklahoma is the first state in which West is officially considered an independent candidate, something he achieved at the last minute by submitting the necessary documentation and paying the required $35,000 just as the deadline approached.
This move contradicts reports published Wednesday by New York Magazine, in which election strategist Steve Kramer, allegedly hired by the rapper, confirmed that he was “out” of the presidential race.
The real intention behind West’s announcement is unclear, because although his name will appear on the ballot in Oklahoma, a state of just 4 million people, the deadline to register has already expired in half a dozen territories.
It also remains to be seen whether he will be able to gather the necessary signatures to appear on the ballots of the remaining states, since the requirements are different in each place.
West has also filed a “Statement of Organization” with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
The document serves to appoint a campaign committee and allow it to raise and spend money on election work, after payment of the $5,000 West would have paid.