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The National hit out at use of their music in Romney campaign ad

29 October 2012, 12:36 | Written by Luke Morgan Britton


The National have spoken out against the use of one of their songs in a pro-Romney campaign video.

The now-removed video was created by the Ohio University Students for Romney and featured the band’s track ‘Fake Empire’ as the soundtrack.

The exact same song was used during the first Obama campaign in 2008, with the group themselves openly supporting the President’s cause.

Frontman Matt Berninger had the following to say on the matter:

“Our music was used without our permission in this ad. The song you’re using was written about the same backward, con game policies Romney is proposing. We encourage all students to educate themselves about the differences between the inclusive, pro-social, compassionate, forward-thinking policies of President Obama and the self-serving politics of the neo-conservative movement and Mitt Romney. Every single person involved in the creation of the music you’re using is voting for President Obama.”

The National have opened for President Obama again at rallies during his current campaign.

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