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Kanye West Spent Millions of His Own Money on Presidential Campaign

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Kanye West attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 9, 2020 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Kanye West Spent more than $12 million of his own money in his 2020 presidential campaign, his final Federal Election Commission report reveals.

The superstar artist spent $13.2 million in full and raised more than $2 million from 3,047 individual contributions. He ended the race with $1.3 million cash on hand. People first reported the news.

A snapshot of West's contributors' professions provides some insight into the citizens backing his campaign. More than one third -- 1,191 -- self-identified as students, pitching in $60 to $4,220. More than 20% identified as self-employed and nearly 11% as not-employed.

The majority of West's campaign funds went to "ballot access" services and consulting. After entering the race in July, missing numerous deadlines to appear on state ballots, West qualified for ballot access in 12 states: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Vermont.

His second largest single expense of $918,130 went to Los Angeles Apparel for campaign apparel.

West managed to earn 66,636 total votes for about 0.04% of votes nationally, according to an NBC News report on Dec 10, earning him a sixth place finish among all candidates.

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