Jackson Browne and Republicans settle lawsuit

Musician Jackson Browne has settled a lawsuit with the Republican party over its use of the song "Running on Empty" during the 2008 presidential election campaign, according to the New York Times

Browne, the baby-boom rocker behind such hits as "Doctor My Eyes" and "Boulevard", received apologies today from both Sen. John McCain and the party, as well as a promise that the GOP would refrain from using Browne's songs without permission in the future. Beyond the apology, financial details of the settlement were not announced.

Browne sued McCain and the Republican National Committee after they used the 1977 hit in a Web ad mocking Barack Obama's energy policies. He wasn't the only one who took objection with the McCain campaign's playlist. The Foo Fighters, Heart, and John Mellencamp were also unhappy when their songs were used. 

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  • Sharon

    You’d think the RNC would have learned their lesson when they used “Born In The USA” back in the 80s w/o Springsteen’s permission.

  • Matt

    What a baby, another whiny liberal. You should take all the airtime you can get, loser.

  • Aaron

    Good luck finding any musician who would have openly supported a Republican nominee last year, even one of the few conservative ones.

  • Buffy Freak

    Sure Matt. And if a Democrat had used a song by some conservative country singer you’d be calling for the Dem to be thrwon in jail. Using someone’s songs in a campaign give the impression that said performer is supporting that candidate. Funny how so many Republicans have called out guys like Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen as “un-American” but then turn around and want to use their music.

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  • Bintang

    Oh My God, that is simply sutnning, the starkness of the image juxtaposed against the emotionality of the subject grabs me. I am glad I live in a world where there are people who have the vision to capture this on film thank you

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