Kanye West has given a total campaign contribution of $200,000 to West Side activist and Democratic Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia, according the Chicago Tribune, which reviewed state campaign finance records.
Last week, Ye donated $73,540 to Enyia so she could pay off fines for not properly filing quarterly campaign finance reports during her 2015 mayoral campaign, according to an earlier article in TheGrio. Then on Wednesday, West donated another $126,460 to Enyia’s campaign, the Tribune writes.
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West made the latest donation after appearing with Enyia at a sidewalk rally last week in Woodlawn. The rapper did not speak at the event.
Ye and another Chicago native, Chance The Rapper, are both supporting Enyia for mayor. Chance recently announced plans to campaign for Enyia extensively, and has been stumping for her at rallies.
Enyia told Chance and Ye she was happy for their support.
“I also have to give a shoutout and kudos to Ye, who is from the South Side and is invested and committed to giving back to our city,” Enyia said of West at the rally last week, according to The Chicago Tribune.
The campaign contribution comes about a week after West tweeted that he was distancing himself from politics, upon realizing “I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in.”
Ye went on to write: “My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative!!!”
His tweet followed his controversial Oval Office visit last month during which he wore a red “Make America Great Again” hat and applauded Trump for the job he has performed thus far.
West’s support of Enyia’s came as a surprise to some Democrats, who have questioned his motives and have also questioned Enyia for accepting money from Ye.