Reporter Films Trump Campaign Lawyer Helping Kanye West Get On The Ballot In Wisconsin: WATCH





Kanye West’s independent presidential campaign is getting a major boost from Republican operatives and an attorney representing President Donald Trump, according to multiple news reports.

As of Wednesday afternoon West, 43, has filed paperwork to appear on the November ballot in Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

On Tuesday, a Wisconsin attorney who has been representing Trump in a lawsuit over a political television advertisement was caught on video by a local reporter dropping off West’s campaign paperwork.

The attorney, later identified as Lane Ruhland, told the reporter in the video: “No comment.”



Ruhland specializes in campaign finance and election law and represented the Republican National Committee in 2016.

“There’s no conflict to waive, but we have no knowledge of anything Kanye West is doing or who is doing it for him,” Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said in a statement.

Asked by reporters at the White House on Wednesday if he was aware of or had encouraged Republicans to help West, the president said: “No not at all, no not at all. Other than I get along with him very well. I like him, I like his wife.”

The Trump campaign would not answer whether it was aware Ruhland was working with West prior to Tuesday.

Alesha Guenther, a spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Republican Party, said in a statement that they “welcome” West’s bid.

“It appears that the Kanye West campaign made a smart decision by hiring an experienced election attorney,” Guenther said. “We welcome Kanye West and all other candidates who qualified for ballot access to the race, and look forward to delivering Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes to President Trump.”

Critics claim that West’s campaign could be an attempt to draw votes from Trump’s election rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. At the same time, his wife Kim Kardashian has asked for compassion and linked his behavior to his bipolar disorder.

“Just a Republican operative trying to get Kanye West on the ballot,” tweeted Ben Rhodes, the former deputy national security adviser under President Barack Obama and Biden. “What a disgusting dirty trick that shows no respect for voters or whatever Kanye is going through.”

Singer John Legend tweeted a warning to his fans about Kanye: