Newt GingrichÂ has just been sued by the band “Survivor,” for the campaign’s illegal use of the song, “Eye of the Tiger,” according to reports in Variety and TMZ.
Variety’s Ted Johnson writes:
One of the members of the band Survivor has sued Newt Gingrich and his campaign for unauthorized use of the song “Eye of the Tiger” at campaign events.
The suit, firstÂ reported by TMZ, is only the latest litigation that musicians have taken against candidates, typically Republicans. During the last cycle, Jackson Browne sued the McCain campaign over the use of his music in a commercial spot, and Tom Petty’s attorneys sent Michele Bachmann’s campaign a cease and desist letter last year demanding that she stop using “American Girl.”
This is also not the first time that Gingrich has been hit with legal threats: Last year, an attorney repping Steve Perry of JourneyÂ sent Gingrich’s campaign a cease and desist letterÂ to get them to stop playing “Don’t Stop Believin.”
Rude Music Inc.Â — owned by a member of the bandÂ SurvivorÂ — filed the suit today in federal court in Illinois … claiming Newt has jackedÂ the songÂ made famous in “Rocky III” to push his political agenda.
According toÂ the lawsuit, Newt has been usingÂ the songÂ at various political events since 2009.
In the suit, Rude Music claims Gingrich usedÂ the songÂ at theÂ Conservative Political Action ConferenceÂ in 2009, 2010 and 2011 … as well as the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in 2010.
RMI claims Gingrich — along with his campaign team, Newt 2012, Inc. — recentlyÂ usedthe songÂ during a campaignÂ event inÂ Doylestown, Pennsylvania … claiming, “Mr. Gingrich entered the packed MooseÂ LodgeÂ for a speech asÂ the songÂ ‘pulsed,’ according to the the Newt 2012, Inc. website.”
RMI is also suing theÂ AmericanÂ Conservative Union — claiming it has republished various clips featuring Newt and the “Eye of the Tiger” song without permission.
Perhaps Gingrich would like to contact Judy Collins to license her music, instead? It would be more appropriate:
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‘None Whatsoever’: US Diplomat Burns to the Ground Trump Lie That Joe Biden’s Actions Are ‘Corrupt’
President Donald Trump’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, George Kent, in bombshell testimony Wednesday destroyed the president’s lie that Joe Biden’s actions, especially toward Ukraine, are “corrupt.”
Asked if there any factual basis to support Trump’s allegations, Kent replied: “None whatsoever.”
Kent debunks Trumpworld’s argument that Joe Biden’s dealings in Ukraine were somehow corrupt pic.twitter.com/B3NDloJWIO
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 13, 2019
Taylor Staffer Overheard Trump Impatiently Asking Sondland About ‘The Investigations’ Day After Infamous July 25 Call
The acting ambassador to Ukraine said he has learned since his closed-door testimony that President Donald Trump appeared keenly interested in the status of an investigation into Joe Biden by Ukraine.
Bill Taylor, the president’s top diplomat in Ukraine, testified Wednesday that he learned last week from a staffer, after he was deposed in a closed-door hearing, about an incident that took place a day after Trump’s call to his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.
“Last Friday, a member of my staff told me of events that occurred on July 26,” Taylor testified.
Taylor was visiting the front of Ukraine’s war with Russia at the time with Kurt Volker, then a special envoy to the country, and a member of the ambassador’s staff accompanied EU ambassador Gordon Sondland to a meeting with Andrey Yermak, an aide to Zelensky.
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“Ambassador Sondland told President Trump that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward,” Taylor added.
Taylor’s staff member asked Sondland what the president thought about Ukraine, and the acting ambassador was troubled by his State Department colleague’s response.
“Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for,” Taylor testified. “At the time I gave my deposition on October 22, I was not aware of this information. I am including it here for completeness.”
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So, Nunes is claiming (falsely) that Democrats both colluded with Ukraine and attacked Ukraine (video below.)
“Democrats have a long habit of accusing Republicans of offenses they, themselves, are committing,” Nunes claimed. “For years they accused the Trump campaign of colluding with Russia when they themselves were colluding with Russia by funding and spreading the Steele Dossier that relied on Russian sources. And now they accuse President Trump of malfeasance in Ukraine, when they, themselves, are culpable. The Democrats cooperated in Ukrainian election meddling,” Nunes charged.
Literally every word is a lie.
Remember that the U.S. Intelligence Community unanimously decreed that Russia attacked the 2016 U.S elections. That fact was once again proven during the Mueller investigation, and in the Mueller Report. There is literally zero proof of Nunes’ claims.
Nunes, who may be best remembered for his dramatic dark of night visit to the White House in 2017, where he was given information by the Trump administration only to claim it was from a secret source. That information was falsely framed to suggest (wrongly) the Obama administration had illegally investigated the Trump campaign.
Nunes: Democrats colluded with Russia, not Trump. pic.twitter.com/SFy53dL2MC
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