Kanye WestThe ultimate effort to run the presidential poll in his home state worked… but it cost him a good chunk of the change. Sources with first-hand knowledge tell TMZ … Kanye’s campaign team hired a third-party vendor called Let The Voters Decide to collect the 2,500 signatures to cast the ballot in Illinois. The thing is, Kanye did it with just over a day to spare… before the 5pm Monday deadline. We’re told the group got to work right away, deploying 45 people who took to the streets in various parts of the state and racked up enough signatures … all within 24 hours. Our sources say they were paid generously for their efforts… Kanye handed out $ 10-12 per signature, and they produced 3,178 signatures. Do the math – well over $ 30,000. One of the signature collectors, Kenny Sir, tells us he was beaten on Sunday to petition Kanye. He says he was in Detroit, but gave it all up to get to Springfield, IL by Monday, worked 3 hours… and got 56 signatures at $ 10 a pop. Kenny says he went door-to-door, asking people if they would support Kanye in the vote, but adding that didn’t mean they had to vote for him. BTW, if you’re wondering if $ 10 per signature is a lot… it is. Rickey Hendon – a former Illinois state senator who now works as a campaign consultant – tells us the standard rate is closer to $ 1 to $ 3 per signature. Rickey also says Kanye’s team contacted him a few days before voters decided… but he declined.
This could all be a moot point… Kanye missed the deadline to file in other states, and it looks like he focused on other topics for the moment anyway … a lot other topics.