August 14th, 2008
06:30 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain camp sued by Jackson Browne, denies charges

Jackson Browne is suing John McCain’s campaign.
Jackson Browne is suing John McCain’s campaign.

(CNN) - John McCain's campaign said Thursday it had nothing to do with a campaign ad now the subject of a lawsuit filed by musician Jackson Browne.

Browne filed the lawsuit earlier Thursday against McCain and the Republican National Committee for using his hit song "Running on Empty" in a campaign commercial. The suit claims both McCain and the RNC did not obtain the rights to the song ahead of the television commercial's airing. The suit also alleges the commercial falsely suggests Browne endorsed McCain.

But McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said Thursday the ad in question was not from the McCain campaign, but from the Ohio Republican Party. "[It] had nothing to do with the McCain campaign," he said.


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soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Rob

    Good for you Browne. If anyone represents empty rhetoric and no substance, it is John McLame.

    August 14, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  2. Sherry, Atlanta

    WHY ARE YOU SUPRISED? THIS IS THE WAY THEY DO BUSINESS!

    August 14, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. Willow, from Iowa

    "Running on Empty" is what we will be doing if we wait 10-15 years for McCain's offshore drilling to bring in that 3% of oil that must go to the International market to be bid on by China and India. Good for Jackson Browne.

    August 14, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  4. Walt, Belton,TX

    Sounds like Jackson Brown is running on empty although he looks pretty high in the picture.

    August 14, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  5. Lawoman

    Walt, if someone you didn't like and/or who didn't represent your interests in any way started running around saying that you were a big supporter of theirs, I have a feeling you'd be a tad ticked as well. Jackson has every right to ask them to stop using his music to promote something he does not agree with. Frankly, your remarks are puerile.

    August 14, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. Debby

    He is out to get some moola.

    August 14, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. California Gold

    When I heard Running on Empty it was incredible to me that Jackson Browne would have entered into a licensing agreement for McCain. Now I know he didn't. McCain pirated someone else's work.

    So let's have some McCain straight talk: Pirates work and is sued for violation of Federal copyright statutes and he wants to be President? No Way!

    Sleazy, under handed thief. Bleah

    August 14, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  8. Foreign Observer

    Jackson Brown has enough "moola," Debby. He's sick to his stomach at seeing his art abused by the people who are running the country into the ground. Slamming the Ohio Repugs is good, too!

    August 14, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  9. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Jackson Browne has every right to sue. Although I think it pretty much sums up the McSame campaign. They've been running on empty for 18 months.

    August 14, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. KG

    Jackson Browne, the has been, looking to try and get another 15 minutes.

    August 14, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. William, from Cali!

    "Running on Empty" is the way this Congress and Nation, has been "traveling lately" ,and this "Election process"; so sue all of them...........................

    August 14, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. Denise

    Go for it Jackson! The Repubs deserve it!

    August 14, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    John McCain is no better than the paparazzi that celebrities have to deal with...He uses Jackson Browne's song and Britney Spears & Paris Hilton images in his ads. That is so lame.

    August 14, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  14. Sean

    Seems consistent with the underhanded techniques we've seen Republicans employ time and time again. Get 'em Jackson Browne!

    August 14, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  15. Hawk Texas

    MCCAIN IS A KNOWN THEIF. WHY WONT HE RELEASE HIS WIFES TAX RETURNS. THEY WILL SHOW THAT SHE PROFITED FROM 911, AND THE IRAQE WAR.

    August 14, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  16. David from Ohio

    I don't know why he would care. Running on empty describes the GOP and McCain's campaign pretty accurately.

    August 14, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  17. Sheri

    Go ahead file the suit.

    August 14, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  18. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl

    Jackson is a nobody, he should be elated that someone would
    even use his song. He's dead broke and this is an easy way for him to make alittle while sitting on his behind doing drugs.
    I thought he was in rehab.

    August 14, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  19. Adrian Veidt

    John McLame strikes again and once again provides a failed attack. His "celebrity" ad didn't work. His "antichrist" ad didn't work, and now his ad with stolen music doesn't work.

    Seeing the string of out-of-touch failures... how can anyone same McSame is not just another four years of Bush?

    August 14, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  20. Ex-Obama Democrat for McCain

    Jackson Browne looks like a homeless guy....he's probably happy this happened so he can actuallly make $$ in a lawsuit....the last time anyone heard any news about Brown was when he was accused of smacking around his the-girlfriend Darryl Hannah in the late 80's.
    Kathryn Amherst MA

    August 14, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  21. Sue

    Please, Thank you, Can I Borrow.....all learned in Kindergarten.

    August 14, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  22. go away mongers- Ventura ca

    To use a Jackson Browne song for that campaign is blasphemous!
    The Country IS "Runnning on Empty" thanks to the republicans.

    August 14, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  23. dittohead with forty names

    I laugh at old man McCain and say to him"I never take it off".

    August 14, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  24. ron

    I'm sure he didn't pay for the footage of Paris , and Brit.

    August 14, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  25. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Typical republican. Take what you want, anyway you have to, and don't care if it belongs to someone else or you don't have permission to use it or have it.Then, turn around and lie about it. Boy, don't the republicans make you just burst with pride over their vast integrity?

    August 14, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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