Mike Huckabee Forced To Pay $25,000 For Playing Survivor’s Eye Of The Tiger At Kim Davis Rally

Snork! CNN reports:

Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will have to pay $25,000 due to copyright infringement.

Huckabee played “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor at a rally last year for Kim Davis, a Kentucky County court clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

At the time, Huckabee had not paid for rights to use the song. The campaign was then sued for copyright infringement.

An out-of-court settlement was reached and Huckabee was required to pay $25,000 for the error. Half was paid in May and the other half, listed as campaign “debts and obligations,” is yet to be fulfilled.

Huckabee petitioned the Federal Elections Commission to start a legal defense fund to pay the remaining amount, but the organization issued a statement saying he’d need to alleviate the debt on his own.

  • Blake Mason


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  • delk

    …start a legal defense fund to pay the remaining amount,

    Grifters gotta grift.

    • clay

      And the FEC recognizes it as such– NOT a campaign expense.

  • Jamie_Johnson

    After decades of republicans flushing intellectual property rights down the toilet, it’s nice to see at least one or two having to own up to their theft.

  • Joseph Miceli

    Ha ha!!!! He might have to tighten his belt. No more 2nd lunches between first lunch and his before dinner snack.

    • Sonus Silentium

      Not to mention Second Breakfast, elevens, afternoon tea, dinner, supper, etc.

  • Six Pins Delores

    The cross floating around on a stick is fippin hilarious

    • PickyPecker

      ‘Cuz nothing says holy like a styrafoam crucifix.

  • SoCalVet

    the huckster was looking for instant gratification, you know, like Jesus.

  • JustSayin’

    Hee hee hee.

  • The Milkman

    For the love of God, will someone please develop a way to remove that shrieking harridan and her crocodile tears from the internet? My stomach churns every time I see that mug.

    • abel

      Hear! Hear! The sooner she disappears into the dustbin of history, the better this world will be. She was so pathetic during her fifteen minutes of fame, grinning and smirking, as if she’d accomplished something worthwhile. I guess, in her deranged, puny little mind, she had.

      • Reality.Bites

        Anyone know if she’s up for re-election this year, and if she’s unopposed or what? She ran last time as a Democrat but is now a Republican.

        • abel

          She’s up for re-election in 2018. Until then, she’s got a cushy job with a guaranteed income of 80,000 a year (before “gratuities,” and if you think those don’t happen in Kentucky, you don’t know Kentucky). I’m sure she keeps husband Joe Davis in corn likker and terbaccy.

  • How about Hucklebee and the ‘ass of the tiger.’ ha. ha.

  • NeverEclipsed

    What an idiot I knew they couldn’t play that song when I heard it. And I’m so happy Survivor didn’t ruin it for me either, I love that song. LMAO.

    • coram nobis

      How about the Al Yankovic cover of “The Rye or the Kaiser?” Both Hucky and Kim could relate to that.

  • Carl

    All these “pro-business” republicans have no idea how intellectual property works.

    • penpal

      They also jack off to the constitution without understanding what’s in it.

  • james_from_cambridge

    It must be so difficult for right-wingers and other bigots that the entertainment industry is so aligned against them. I’m sure for Huckabee, this fine is yet another sign of the persecution Christians must face in America. Poor things…


    • Librarykid

      He could get some of those very talented Christian Rock musicians to write appropriate songs for him, but they would justly want their royalties, too.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      This gif is foul and disgusting.

    • shellback

      OMG. Mating hippos.

  • Gyeo

    If he can afford to pay off officials to protect his criminal son, I am sure he can afford this.

    • BearEyes

      much better with other people’s money.

  • ChrisInKansas

    Has anyone ever done a face swap with the top picture? I think it would turn out being very disturbingly appropriate.

  • John P.

    Perfect! That is all…

  • VodkaAndPolitics

    And, Brian Brown stain Money Beg claiming Christian Persecution in 3…2…1…

  • William

    Now for a chorus of laughter.

  • coram nobis

    The theme song from “The Howdy Doody Show” was probably royalty-free, why didn’t he use that?

    • William

      How about the Mister Ed theme?

      • coram nobis

        Probably more apropos. It was that or “Queen for a Day.”

        • William

          I can’t wait until the movie is released, The Thing That Wouldn’t Leave: The Kim Davis Story.

        • Reality.Bites

          The Lindsay Graham campaign got exclusive rights to that one.

      • grada3784

        The super Christians nixed that years ago. Seems if you play it backwards they can hear the lyric: Satan is the source.

      • HAAAAAAA
      • PattyJM

        Nah. He’s only half a horse. You know which half.

      • coram nobis

        Of course.

  • Couldn’t happen to a more deserving person.

    And have we noticed how Republicans have no trouble with stealing others’ intellectual property?

    • TuuxKabin

      Because all they have is property, and no intellect.

  • Dramphooey

    I’m sorry but this does nothing to dissuade scofflaws from using music without permission. I recommend jail time.

    • Oink

      And a $1 million fine for PigFucker hisownself.

    • Chucktech

      If the plaintiffs agree to settle out of court, as they did here, whaterya gonna do?

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        There’s always pointing and laughing, It’s free, fun and healthy.

  • shellback

    jeezis will provide. Ask HIM for the money.

    • PattyJM

      Sounds like a Christian I used to know.

      When broke he would “write checks on faith” in the belief that God would provide the money before the check cleared.

      Non-Christians call that “check kiting” or fraud.

  • Cackalaquiano

    Nothing’s too high a price when you love Jesus that much.

  • TuuxKabin

    Love it, Joe, when your lead in word is ‘snork’, I know it’s going to be fun.

  • DaveW

    But its campaign money, not his. Still good.

  • There are plenty of right-wing musicians who would be happy to let the Huckster use their music. Okay they are almost all sucky musicians (Ted Nugent, et al.) but as this is a regular problem for Republicans you’d think they’d clue in. Or maybe they like the free publicity of being denounced by these musicians so they can play victim?

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  • Todd

    Maybe Ted Cruz would’ve split the cost if Huckabee’s worker hadn’t c*nt blocked Ted on stage with that cooz.

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  • MB
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    • David F.

      He who must not be seen…

    • TheSeer

      Nice moobs.

  • Itsatarp

    It’s especially funny when one considers how cheesy that song is.

    • AtticusP

      Funny AND fitting, since the whole episode was laughable.

      Celebrating the release of a clerk who failed to execute her oath of office because her sky daddy, or one of the three men who are or were her four husbands, told her that gay people were icky, and hence didn’t deserve to be served by her despite what SCOTUS said.

      Eye of the tiger, my ass.

      • e’ville_globeguy

        But “Asshole of the Elephant” just doesn’t sound as lyrical.

        • AtticusP

          True, but I’ll bet that it would resonate… 🙂

  • rabbit_ears

    Welcome to the nightmare copyright system you’ve created, Goober.

    • PickyPecker

      Hello, Mr. Bunny! Hopefully, your Monday is going well.

      • rabbit_ears

        Good afternoon Mr. Pickypecker! Not a bad day. Went out at lunch now I feel like a total streel after being out in the heat 🙂
        Hope your day is lovely!

  • AtticusP

    Stop using music without permission, you ignorant yokel.

    While you’re at it, stop running for president.

    The American people don’t want you.

    Take a hint.

    • Menergy

      That’s soo clever! Thanks! (grinning still and looking at it)

      • AtticusP

        Thanks. Not original with me, however.

        Amazing what’s out there on the Internet.

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  • UltraStealth

    So much for your smug Christian moral superiority, thief.

  • justmeeeee

    Isn’t stealing a sin? Or sumpin?

  • Robincho

    If only he’d played “Eye of the Hyena”, everything woulda been fine…

  • fuzzybits
  • MB
    • O.
      (yes, that is….just…beautiful.)

    • zhera

      Well, now!

      I’ll be in my bunk.

    • Adam King

      So what’s on the docket for Tuesday?

      • Acronym Jim

        Tacos, what else?

      • james_from_cambridge

        Full-on double penetration.

      • clay

        James Franco re-make

  • Puckfair52

    shit is a shit is a shit

  • fuzzybits
    • I don’t advocate violence in any way, but I do believe that the next black person who crosses her path gets to give her one slap across the face just for saying that.

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    • e’ville_globeguy

      I guess it went over her head that she’s actually the bus driver.

  • David Gervais

    For people obsessed with their idea of morals, you’d think they’d know that you have to pay for the stuff you steal.

    • Sashineb

      It’s only the morals of other people that they worry about.

  • I know the perfect song to play for this victory.

  • Jeffg166

    Hope the fucking he got was worth the fucking he got.

  • andrew

    My feelings toward Huckabee and his problems are best expressed by a nasty little saying in the “Holy Bible”. Psalm 92 v12: “My eyes look with glee on my wicked enemies; my ears delight in the fall of my foes.”

    • Craig Howell

      Schadenfreude is even older than we thought!

      • andrew

        I don’t take pleasure in the troubles of others, unless those others are trying to do me or others harm. In which case, I’m all in. Truth be told, I had to look up the meaning of “Schadenfreude”.

  • Texndoc

    A big KUDOS for Survivor for following through with a lawsuit. Now where are Trump’s “favorite” bands who have complained.


  • Silver Badger

    Poor Mr. Huckabee. I do hope Mr. Brown Will lend him his expertise in begging money from the suckers.

  • Michael Rush

    The thunderous applause she got coming out of prison that day really gave me a sick feeling , then Trump came along .

  • Sporkfighter

    A better choice would have been music composed by slime mold.


    • Treant

      Well, it’s better than Nickelback.

    • Adam King

      Fuck that’s annoying.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    It’s not even noon yet and this has been the most awesome Monday ever!

    • clay

      Do you remember last spring and June?

      • Rebecca Gardner

        Yes, but I got a triple whammy of awesomeness this morning as a gay person, as a woman, and as a survivor of domestic violence. I got me a hat trick today all before noon.

  • doninkansas

    Hilarious! Funny how when they get in trouble they always expect their followers to bail them out.

  • coram nobis

    Maybe she’ll sing at the convention.

    • William

      Dogs will howl across America.

    • Bob Conti

      Eye of the Moron?

  • LovesIrony

    tramps and thieves, where da gypsies?

  • Baltimatt

    Seems kinda steep for a one-time use of the song without permission.

    • Adam King

      Good. Throw the book at the asshole.

    • LovesIrony

      it goes against everything the band stands for. They have said that.

  • Hank

    Watch him set up a GoF_ -kMe account/s

  • Joe in PA

    So…campaign “debts and obligations” this means that his presidential campaign pays for this? As in OTHER PEOPLES MONEY? POS.

    • zhera

      His whole life is Other People’s Money.

    • e’ville_globeguy

      Not only that, he tried to skirt the responsibility to pay royalties by claiming it was a “religious gathering” in court, while claiming it as a campaign expense in legal papers.

      What a slimeball. #ANTIchristian

  • LovesIrony

    Good Survior don’t let the bigots tarnish your masterpiece

  • TheManicMechanic

    My kind of copyright infringement settlement!

  • kirtanloorii

    Ha! Bitch!

  • 2karmanot

    Dead Beat Grifter doesn’t pay fine, because Jesus

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    ha ha ha

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Memo to Huckabee: Thou shalt not steal!!!
    (Of course this champion grifter, has been shucking the rubes out of their cash for decades.)

  • bambinoitaliano

    Just curious i thought the artist and band can’t sue for money? I know they always request through the media not to use their music as a ploy to embarrass the politicians.

    • Reality.Bites

      They can – it’s just usually little point and can drag on forever.

      • Also, certain songs are seen as power-anthems and the conservative wingnuts just love stealing them. “Eye of the Tiger” has been appropriated so many times, I think Huckabee stealing it once again to promote an oath- and law-violating homophobe was just one time too many. Sometimes a message needs to be sent.

  • David Walker

    Gee. You mean artists are supposed to get paid? But it was already recorded….

    • Natty Enquirer

      Only if the artists have copyright. Royalties go to the composer (or assign, usually a publisher) and the record company.

  • nowhereman

    I’m loving the way that artists are calling right wingers out when they try to use their music. Republicans need to stick to their own–like Ted Nugent. I want to see GOPTP candidates taking the stage to the classic licks of Wang Tang Poopy Bang and Cat Scratchy Fever. Maybe the actual introduction could be made by Clint Eastwood and his sidekick Mr. Chair.

  • Octavio

    Jesus is expensive. 🙂

    • Silver Badger

      And he doesn’t take American Express. Or Master Card. Maybe Visa, reports are forthcoming,

  • Acronym Jim

    “…the other half, listed as campaign “debts and obligations,” is yet to be fulfilled.”

    Did Hucksterbee just admit that he wasn’t actually there to support Davis, but instead merely using her as a political prop? I mean, I’m not surprised that was his purpose, but I am surprised to hear it admitted out loud.

  • NancyP

    You would think that he would know better.

  • CCleverly

    So Huckabee, like drumpf, doesn’t pay his bills.

  • Deanna B.

    Look at that pic of Kim Davis at the top of the page. Am I the only one who sees Jan Brady?

    • lymis

      I sincerely hope so.

  • Natty Enquirer

    I thought it was standard practice for campaigns to go bankrupt and leave a string of bad debt.

  • Ninja0980

    Bigotry has a price doesn’t it?

  • anne marie in philly

    suh-NAP! guess he will put out a money beg now. dumbass!

  • AtticusP

    Looks like one Arkansas family is going to be making a lot fewer trips to the Golden Corral.

  • DirtyPierre

    I wonder if the agreement falls apart due to non payment? I think that 25,000 is not enough considering that from now on I will always associate “Eye Of The Tiger” with that stinkin’ cow pie faced ho. It was out of court settlement, but now its time to drag Huckabee’s ass into court and double the fee due to his bellyachin’ non payment. Screw him good Survivor, they tainted your tune. Go Family of Marvin Gaye on his ass.

    • Friday

      But, but, she trained so hard in whining and not signing things and hiring hate-group lawyers!

  • Menergy

    snicker indeed . “too bad, so sad” 🙂

  • Jude Newton

    He should send that balance invoice to Kim Davis.

  • Clive Johnson

    Huckabee to himself, ‘Well, I’ve always liked ‘We Are the Champions’ by that band Queen. Maybe I’ll use that one next.’

  • ian
  • Dale Snyder


    That’s the feed bill for one week for the specimens in the top picture.

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  • bob

    Now nail trump for doing the same with most of the music he’s used !

  • Fyva Prold

    Could not have happened to a nicer guy.

  • Canadian Observer

    Normally I am not a big fan of the right making a fetish out of “intellectual property rights” – I see big Pharma as the primary beneficiary. But every so often, when the chickens come home to roost, I smile a little smile.

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  • Dan Robinson

    Look at how she hugs that microphone. She must think it’s Jesus’ dick.

  • everybodysucks

    haha retards…….

  • Ancalagon

    Ha Ha! Fuck him!