Jackson Browne has filed suit against John McCain, claiming the Republican presidential candidate misappropriated his song Running on Empty for a campaign ad.
Browne, an outspoken lifelong Democrat, is claiming that the song was used without his permission, and that it is used in a way which mocks Democratic nominee-to-be Barack Obama, a usage which further enraged Browne.
Attorney Lawrence Iser says, “In light of Jackson Browne’s lifelong commitment to Democratic ideals and political candidates, the misappropriation of Jackson Browne’s endorsement is entirely reprehensible.”
Especially problematic is that this is not the first time McCain has used songs without permission from the artist.
His campaigns have been busted for snagging ABBA’s Take a Chance On Me, and John Mellencamp’s Pink Houses. Mellencamp is also a well-known Democrat.
McCain’s camp responded, “This was not a McCain campaign ad, but rather a local state Republican party ad. It is clear that the suit was mis-filed by an overeager Barack Obama supporter and it’s ‘running on empty.'”