Mike Huckabee will have to pay $25,000 to “Eye of the Tiger” co-writer Frank Sullivan for using the song without permission at a rally to support Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who flaunted a federal judge and refused to perform her job.
Davis gained notoriety last year when she — a county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky — repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses out of a religious objection to same-sex marriage. She was ultimately jailed for five days for contempt of court when she defied a court order to resume her duties.
Huckabee — then a GOP presidential candidate actively courting the evangelical vote — came out in staunch support of Davis, even vowing to go to jail in her place. At a rally to celebrate her release from jail on Sept. 8, Huckabee appeared alongside Davis, her second and fourth husband (one person), and her attorney Mat Staver of the evangelical litigation organization Liberty Counsel. (During the rally, in an apparent effort to hog all the goodwill generated by Davis’ supporters, Huckabee’s aides reportedly blocked fellow conservative Christian Republican candidate Ted Cruz from appearing on stage with her.)
It was at this rally that Huckabee blasted the song “Eye of the Tiger” by the rock band Survivor without securing permission from the song’s authors. Sullivan sued him in federal court two months later. Sullivan’s company had previously sued Newt Gingrich for blasting the song at rallies during his own run for the White House
Video above courtesy of MSNBC.
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