On Monday (Oct. 22), West contributed $73,540 to the Friends of Amara Enyia political action committee, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections. The long shot candidate is reportedly using the sizable donation specifically to cover campaign debt owed to the state of Illinois, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
“The $73,540 debt to the Illinois State Board of Elections has been paid in full,” Enyia’s campaign said in an emailed statement to the Sun Times. “The Amara Enyia campaign thanks Chicago native, Kanye West, for his generous action. Amara’s campaign is energizing people around the city with bold ideas and solutions that move Chicago forward. We are excited to engage people of all walks of life as we focus our efforts on getting on the ballot.”
The debt relates to Enyia’s brief mayoral bit in 2015 that she dropped after signatures from a petition were challenged. But Enyia never ended up closing out her campaign account, according to the Chicago Tribune, and fines began to pile up since she refused to file campaign finance reports to the state. In order for Enyia to successfully have her name on the ballot this time around, she had to pay the accumulated fines by December, which have been taken care of thanks to West.
Public records show West’s last political contributions in the state were from February 2011 when he donated $5,000 to ActBlue Illinois — which supports all democratic candidates running for state office — and $5,000 toward Rhymefest‘s campaign for Chicago’s 20th ward alderman.