Donald Trump: The O'Jays send cease and desist letter
UPDATE: In a statement, Rep. Mica says that he is working to honor the group’s request to remove their song from his video.
EARLIER: The Donald Trump campaign is on the verge of running out of music options as The O’Jays are the latest artists to request that their music not be used in support of the Republican presidential nominee.
Last week at the Republican National Convention, the lyrics to the band’s No. 1 hit “Love Train” were remixed to “Trump Train,” without the band’s consent. Now another one of the R&B group’s songs, “For The Love Of Money,” has been used without their permission in a pro-Trump video from Rep. John Mica of Florida.
In response to the latest use of their work, attorneys for the O’Jays‘ two founding members, Eddie Levert and Walter Williams, have sent a cease and desist letter to the congressman, as well as the Trump campaign courtesy of his campaign manager, Paul Manafort.
“We don’t appreciate having our music associated with a campaign that is hurtful to so many with whom we have common ground,“ said Williams. “We’ve really had enough of this. I’m living proof that America is already great; I came from nothing and everyday I feel blessed to live in the greatest country on earth. We support those who inspire in a positive way as opposed to bullying and using scare tactics.”