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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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61.

gwsgr    

Jackson Browne is nothing but a never has been two bit wife beating loser. If John McCain used his song then it was absolutely poor judgement. On a lighter note, I think I will sleep so much easier tonight knowing that Jackson Browne is not a supporter of John McCain.........I'm not sure how I got any sleep at all...seeing that I was on pins and needles worrying about who Jackson Browne is supporting.....;-)

2268 days ago
62.

Lee    


Get over yourself Jackson, your a LOSER anyway.

2268 days ago
63.

Judge    

Vote for McCain make the destruction of this country complete!. Vote Republicans you lemmings!!

2268 days ago
64.

DMBD    

COME ON PEOPLE... THIS WAS DONE BY A LOCAL POLITICAL ACTION GROUP IN ONE SMALL AREA OF THE COUNTRY.
NORMALLY, ANY SINGER WOULD FALL ALL OVER THEMSELVES IF SOMEONE USED THEIR SONGS. THIS IS ANOTHER
VERSION OF A TIRED, WASHED UP, HASN'T HAD A DECENT RECORDING IN LIKE THIRTY YEARS, SONGWRITER TRYING
TO GET HIS NAME BACK IN THE PUBLIC EYE. REALLY... WHAT HAS JACKSON BROWN DONE RECENTLY. I AM PRETTY SURE, THAT ALMOST EVERYONE THAT SEEN THAT AD, DID NOT THINK HE WAS ENDORSING JOHN MCCAIN. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN CARE OF VERY QUIETLY IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR THIS "ATTENTION GRAB" LAWSUIT.

2268 days ago
65.

FireEmAll    

LMAO omg. What a bunch of babies. Yeah I get it - the licensing issues but damn. It THIS the most important thing we need to be worrying about in this election? Song wars...lolol...unbelievable. Wonder if these artists realize that we dont CARE who they vote for - we just wanna enjoy their work. Seems to me they offend half the fan base when they do stuff like this.

2268 days ago
66.

SP    

Hey Browne should be HAPPY anyone even wants to use his music anymore. No one probably even remebers him anyway. And just because they use his song does not mean he supports that. We know all entertainers are liberals or say they are just so they get invited to the big parties. In hollywood it is not cool to be conservative. Like gays used to be in the closet, maybe one day entertainers who are conservative can come out too!!! And I thouhgt liberals hated vilence? Jackson is a woman beater.

2267 days ago
67.

Logic    

If his song was used on an ad without permission, that should be the only issue here. Republican or Democrat, it shouldn't matter. Tucker Bounds tried to justify by saying it was not an ad about McCain, but for the state Republican party overall. Even so, Jackson Browne is a Democrat and his song was allegedly used without permission. It has nothing to do with being an "over-eager Barack Obama supporter." Had a Democratic ad used a song by another artist without permission, that artist would have just as much right to seek reparations. It's not about party affiliation.

2267 days ago
68.

Jamie    

who's the FAME WHORE now.....McCain should stop slamming barack and start focusing on the REAL issues!!!! It's only making him look like a child in a play ground fight....what's he going to do next, stick his tongue out at Barack???????

2267 days ago
69.

sandy    

McCain and his camp are running the sleaziest campaign in the history of elections, so stealing intellectual property should come as no surprise. In addition to being a war-mongering liar, add THEIF to his resume.

Why? Because he has NOTHING to offer this country other than the continued steady decline of economy, environment, and ethics.

2267 days ago
70.

NO(O)    

Jackson Browne is a Commi!!!!!!

Nobama

2267 days ago
71.

Autumn    

I happen to have tickets for a JB concert in September. His music got me through my youth ... he's who I turned on when I was sad, or lonely, or even horny! You guys don't know what you're missing ... a sensitive guy who can express himself is sexy. And, Darryl Hannah never filed any battery charges against Jackson. You haters want to believe he did it, but where's the proof?

2267 days ago
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Angry Democrat 'Sky Blu' from LMFAO attack GOP Romney on Purpose .    

I would guess that Jackson Browne believes in Barack Obama's Socialism. My advice to Jackson Browne is to visit Cuba and take videos of the lives of normal cuban citizens without goverment interference , which is almost impossible , but try anyway, And then Mr. Browne can tell us why Socialism works .

2267 days ago
73.

Angry Democrat 'Sky Blu' from LMFAO attack GOP Romney on Purpose .    

I would guess that Jackson Browne believes in Barack Obama's Socialism. My advice to Jackson Browne is to visit Cuba and take videos of the lives of normal cuban citizens without goverment interference , which is almost impossible , but try anyway, And then Mr. Browne can tell us why Socialism works .

2267 days ago
74.

tomm thiele    

actually, jackson is the one that had to call the police on her. that is one whacked out biotch. jfk jr. dumped that crazy whench, too.

2267 days ago
75.

Fluffy P    

JACKSON BROWN GO BACK TO LA LA LAND WITH THE REST OF THE HOLLYWOOD LIBERAL LOSERS!! HAVE YOU NOTICED ALL THE LA LA LAND OBAMA CELBS SUPPORTERS WHO SPEAK OUT AGAINEST CONSERVATIVES AND OUR COUNTRY HAVE NOT HAD A HIT MOVIE, RECORD OR BOOK IN THE LAST FEW YEARS?? THIS ELECTION WILL NOT EFFECT THEM BECAUSE THEY WILL ALWAYS HAVE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WHICH US REAL FOLKS WILL NEVER SEE. ALL THESE CELEBS DO IS PARTY, SHOP AND TRAVEL AND THEY HAVE THE NERVE TO SPEAK ABOUT HOW BAD THINGS ARE FOR THE MIDDLE AND LOWER CLASS,,,,,,,GIVE ME A BREAK. GEE I'M GOING TO VOTE FOR OBAMA BECAUSE GEORGE CLOONEY THINKS HE'S GOD. WAKE UP AMERICA READ A NEWSPAPER OR WATCH AN UNBIASED NEWS ORGANIZATION AND MAYBE YOU WILL REALLY SEE HOW OBAMA REALLY IS. IF YOUR THINKING I'M A RACIST THINK AGAIN...OBAMA+UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE=BAD IDEA. JUST PRAY NONE OF YOU GET SICK IN THE NEXT 4 YEARS.BECAUSE YOU WILL HAVE TO WAIT FOREVER TO SEE YOUR FAVORITE DOCTOR. ALOHA OBAMA-THE BIGGEST CELEB OF ALL TIME!!!

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