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Browne: You Should Know, I'm Not Team McCain!

8/14/2008 4:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Guess elephants have some serious short-term memory issues! Everyone knows singer Jackson Browne is a serious liberal, everyone except, apparently, John McCain. Now Browne is fighting mad and has filed suit against McCain and his party, alleging they falsely suggested he was on their side.

Browne claims the GOP used his epic hit "Running on Empty" in an ad for McCain without his permission, adding that the ad mocks Barack Obama, which Browne ain't none too happy about.

The suit wants the ad to stop running -- STAT -- and is seeking damages. Browne's lawyer Lawrence Iser says this ain't the first time McCain has done this -- he did it with ABBA's "Take a Chance on Me" and well-known Democrat John Mellencamp's song "Pink Houses." 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."

McCain's rep Tucker Bounds shoots back "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;."

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16.

Dick Pudenda    

PISS ON JACKSON BROWN

2231 days ago
17.

Shea    

What do you expect from a pig but a grunt? That's what the McCain folks do -- go out and use likenesses and music without first obtaining permission. Paris Hilton is too dumb and stupid to sue him for using her likeness in her ad. Jackson Browne is not. Although I'm not too sure that I would use a song written by a guy who is known to have beaten women he's been in relationships with. Guess they didn't bother checking that out before they used his song either.

2231 days ago
18.

Rocket    

Is the ad anywhere to be seen? Haven't seen it

2231 days ago
19.

Shay    

17. What do you expect from a pig but a grunt?


Gee, that's funny. I hear all the grunting coming from the LEFT.

2231 days ago
20.

Cheese925    

He was good enough to have his music stolen but know everybody wants to dump on him.

2231 days ago
21.

bsb fan    

GOOD FOR HIM!!! JACKSON BROWNE BETTER GET HIS MONEY!!!

2231 days ago
22.

Shay    

#20 Cheese - Who taught you to spell? The libs in the school system who will pass anyone up a grade because they are being seeeensitive? ".........but know everybody wants to dump on him."

I agree with the commenter who said he ought to be grateful that someone still listens to him. Without someone like McCain reviving his music, he is basically a footnote in music history.

2231 days ago
23.

another Target fan    

You mean Jackson Browne is still alive!?!?!? Who knew!

2231 days ago
24.

Steve D    

Hey, Jackson, instead of wasting what little talented energy you have on this......how about go and create an album with your newly discovered lack of talent. This is the first I heard of this turd since the 70's. Ha.

2231 days ago
25.

William    

Hey Jackson, you beat up any wives or girlfriends lately.

2231 days ago
26.

Drew    

So if some group decided to use something of yours for a cause or idea that you personally did not believe in, you would be okay with that? Some of you people are just a lost cause.

2231 days ago
27.

Ray    

Jackson was never arrested or charged for beating his "girlfriend'. That was all BS. Nice of some of you high class people to bring that up when you have nothing to say about the actual story today.

2231 days ago
28.

Triple Play    

Has Beem and a never was. Nice try to get in to the public spotlight JB

2231 days ago
29.

kt    

wife beaters don't matter

2231 days ago
30.

I laugh at other's misfortunes    

Hey haters............STFU!!!!!

2231 days ago
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