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

McCain camp sued by Jackson Browne, denies charges

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Sue the $520 Italian loafers off of McCain!

    That's John McCain, do first, deny later! Whether he had anything to do with the ad or not, he knew it was running and it is up to his "handlers", whether they are the RNC, his campaign or HIS Ohio Republican party to make sure that the appropriate permissions are granted for ads, t.v. commercials, banners, signs, or whatever is being used in connection with his campaign in an attempt to try to run a smear tactic. I don't know who the man thinks he is, using and abusing everyone in his ads to try to win votes! Pathetic!

    It reminds me of how everyone that was even remotely connected to Senator Obama, that said or did anything the McCain campaign or media deemed "negative", it was played over and over in the media. Everyone in the McCain camp and those who are Obama haters, wanted to make Senator Obama responsible even though he had nothing to do with others' comments and actions. This is the same thing, except McCain was fully aware of the ad and endorsed it! TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SMEAR AND DISHONEST CAMPAIGN YOU ARE RUNNING JOHN McCAIN, AND STOP TRYING TO BLAME IT ON ANYONE OTHER THAT THOSE WHO ARE CLOSELY TIED TO YOUR CAMPAIGN!! I hope that Jackson Browne sues the pants off of McCain and his campaign; we all know that the ELISTIST McCAIN CAN VERY WELL AFFORD IT, AFTER ALL HE'S WORTH $40.4 MILLION AND THE WIFE IF WORTH OVER $100 MILLION!

    August 14, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. Charlotte

    Obama steals speeches...

    August 14, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. Clif, Ga.

    McCain reminds me of larry of the three stooges. No! I take that back.He reminds me of all three.

    August 14, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  4. Frank Lee

    Hopefully, you'll own yourself a big AZ beer distributorship when it's over, Jackson.

    Go get 'em!

    August 14, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. RJ, CA

    Well, that is certainly proof beyond the shadow of a doubt to the Obamanuts that John McCain is unfit to be president!

    August 14, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  6. bibek

    McCain stole lines from Wikipedia... and now he is using other people's music without permission?


    How lame..... McShame 🙁

    August 14, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  7. aware

    Business as usual Jackson Browne? 🙁

    August 14, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  8. Enough!!!

    John McCain has been alive long enough to know that racism is systemic in this country, and he also knows that Senator Obama will be judged more harshly because of that. He figures he can get away w/more and unfortunately it is true to a large degree, even when both of them are human beings and subject to the same human frailties. This I know for a fact, being an African American male. No one can understand our story like we can. The truth is just that and the truth does not hurt unless it ought to. No I am not angry and no I don't feel as though anyone owes me anything. If I was hungry I would not tell youall, my help comes from the Lord above. First, Cindy McCain steals copywritten recipes, now this. It will be interesting heading into November to see how the real picture of the real McCain unfolds to the public.

    August 14, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  9. lovable liberal

    If you've heard Jackson Browne talk about Duhbya, you know he's not going to support four-more-years McCain.

    August 14, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. Michele, Pittsburgh, PA

    So much for personal responsibility the Republicans are so famous for.

    August 14, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  11. aware

    The more I understand Obama and his ilk the better Bush looks!

    Somehow I am beginning to think History may treat "W" very well! 🙂

    McCain is not a patronage candidate like the other guy! McCain has integrity! 🙂

    August 14, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  12. vb

    Its ok the Cindy will pay Browne what ever he wants

    August 14, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. THERealdeal

    Poppycock, ONE AND THE SAME!

    GOP, 527s or McCain they think they have the power and right to use anyone or say anything!

    Go Get Them!

    August 14, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  14. Independent Voter

    Hey, Jackson Browne, do your homework before you shoot off your mouth!

    Or maybe you wanted to make a "mistake" to get yourself a little free publicity.

    You and your songs are both losers.

    August 14, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  15. Ken

    Jackson Browne ought to sue Barack Obama for using The Pretender as his campaign song

    August 14, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  16. Willy

    The ad was not done by McCain's camp. As usual the stupid liberal has not check it out just ran with the first name here heard; President McCain’s.

    August 14, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  17. Sammy

    Ok it was the Ohio party. However, did the McCain campaign have any harsh words for them using the song without permission? Doesnt look like it.

    August 14, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  18. Hey M-A-N ... McCain Loves You Too ...

    And it appears John McCain has accepted the maximum individual campaign donation from the owner of America's largest gay sex hook-up website.

    Is John McCain ... In the Closet?

    August 14, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  19. Roz, IL

    good for them they can't just steal, lie, and cheat whenever they want to...loosers

    August 14, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  20. shawn

    Why is it that we are supposed to just let these criminal minds run rampant over the law of the land, just because they are wealthy plutocrats. The Republican criminal agenda thinks they are above the law, even the common law of decency. Sue them until their deep pockets are running on empty. I would rather vote for Jackson Browne.

    August 14, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  21. PG

    Not only are the Republicans liars they are also thieves ( I knew that but many others are blind to this fact). Panamanian McCain shares the same characteristics of this lot.

    August 14, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  22. Jeffrey G. Brown

    So, Johnny boy stole "Running on Empty" just like Ronnie Reagen stole "Born in The USA" from Bruce. The GOP has cornball musicians so they steal from liberal performers!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  23. Ridgeway

    Obamantion. Poor excuse for a man. Obama, "Fringe Jihadest".

    August 14, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  24. banderson

    I wish that Paris Hilton and Britney Spears had done the same.

    August 14, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  25. Copperfield

    Should we be expecting a commercial comparing Jackson Browne to Jessica Simpson soon?

    August 14, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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