August 14th, 2008
06:30 PM ET
12 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. Porter

    "If anyone represents empty rhetoric and no substance, it is John McLame."

    The irony here is astounding.

    August 14, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  2. Joe Reg

    The think they can take what they want and that's it.

    Wrong, wrong and wrong. The repubs are going down this time.

    August 14, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  3. Peter

    poor McShame, losing more and more

    August 14, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  4. nate

    Whoevers fault, its serious business. I have a client who is a music attorney who specializes in protecting artists and I can tell you the RNC is in a heap of trouble $$$.

    August 14, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  5. JJ

    Here is a quote for you

    "Andy Warhol said we all get our 15 minutes of fame," "I've already had an hour and a half. I mean, I'm so overexposed, I'm making Paris Hilton look like a recluse."

    McCains latest commercial...nope Barack Obama (Washington Post, Feb 24th 2005.

    August 14, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  6. JSun

    Like the Reagan campaign using Springsteen's "Born in the USA," these jingoistic Republican thieves don't care about the words or the artists who write them (or the troops they've put in harm's way for that matter). They just care about the one phrase in a song that they think will resonate in the viewers'/listeners' ears.

    Make him pay, Jackson, make him pay.

    August 14, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  7. Nija

    They are very broke.

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

    How some of you can defend McCain, or the republican party after they use somebodies music without his/her permission is beyond me. And they say that Obama supportors are drinking the cool-aid. I say that McCain followers are swallowing all the cow menure he is dishing out.

    August 14, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  9. pam Eugene OR

    McSame can't even be legal or relevant! What an sham!

    August 14, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  10. james

    John Mccain=World War III

    August 14, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  11. Charles

    Ignoring the fact that McCain did not produce the ad, nor his campaign, nor even the RNC , by all means let's blame it all on John McCain...

    August 14, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  12. jeremy

    No!! it cant be how does McSleepy know about Jackson Browne. But just signs of things to come taking things when their not yours.THIEVES!!!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  13. RB

    It had nothing to do with the McCain campaign....but he "approved this message".

    August 14, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  14. tigerakabj

    Good for you Jackson. Get some of McCain's 50 million lobbyists money while your at it. After he gets his butt whipped by Obama, maybe in the next lifetime he'll think twice of trying to go negative on somebody.

    Obama/Sebelius 2008/2012.

    August 14, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. Hi Five

    Go get these morons.

    August 14, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  16. voice of reason


    August 14, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  17. Frank from Peterborough

    Phil Gramm and John McCain were right about Americans being a bunch of whiners.

    They are the elite and as such have a right to do what they want and when they want.

    They are no different than Bush and Cheney and have a right to expect to be above the law so grow up all you whiners!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  18. REA

    seen like john mccain and his campaign got to ad happly,now its going to cost you for making such bad judgement and you want to be president you are a JOKE.OBAMA 08

    August 14, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  19. Texas Trail Kitty

    Good for you Mr. Browne. I love your music. Don't let them misuse it.

    August 14, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |

    "RUNNING ON EMPTY".........they must be talking about obama.
    He's as empty as you can get.

    August 14, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  21. Bayou Joe

    Barak needs to be sued for false advertising. Don"t' vote for this fraud.

    August 14, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  22. Gene

    First we find out the little girl in Hillary's 3:00 am ad is actually an Obama campaign volunteer and gave Hillary no permission to use her in the commercial... now this with McCain.

    I didn't see the commercial. Does it have the "I'm John McCain and I support this ad" in it? If not... McCain probably won't be held accountable as well he shouldn't. However... go Jackson Browne... if not McCain.. sue the Repub slime which is actually responsible for this commercial.

    August 14, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  23. anonymous

    Browne should be honored that McCain would choose his song for a spot in his campaign.

    August 14, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  24. California Gold

    I'm certain the reason McCain pulled the Paris Hilton and Britney Spears images is due to threat of litigation. Both women are quite wealthy by marketing themselves, their image and name. The negative inference McCain's ad was drawing about Obama was he was a person who is popular with crowds (like Paris and Britney) and has no substance (like Paris and Britney). I can imagine the Hilton cadre of lawyers hammered McCain.

    August 14, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  25. Bob

    For those who comment Mr. Browne needs the money or the attention, his last two records, acoustic versions of some of his most popular songs, have done very well including top 40 status in Billboard. He needs neither. Whomever is responsible for using his music without authorization should be sued.

    August 14, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
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