Despite The O’Jays decrying the use of one of their signature songs, “Love Train,” by Donald Trump’s campaign at last week’s Republican National Convention, the iconic group’s protests seem to have fallen on deaf ears. Founding members Eddie Levert and Walter Williams have now issued a cease and desist letter after learning that Rep. John Mica (R-FL) posted a new pro-Trump video using another O’Jays classic, “For the Love of Money,” without the group’s consent.
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The letter, issued by the O’Jays’ attorneys and sent to Congressman Mica and copied to Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort, states in part:
“Your use of our clients’ signature song, and utilizing the original recording, constitutes a patently false implication that Mr. Levert and Mr. Williams have endorsed you or your political agenda or Mr. Trump’s agenda. Our clients unequivocally do not endorse you, your agenda nor your party’s views or those of Mr. Trump. On the contrary, Mr. Levert and Mr. Williams have actively opposed these ideals.
“… we hereby demand that you and any person or entity with which you are affiliated with, immediately and permanently refrain from exploiting our clients’ proprietary material, using the recording of the song “For The Love of Money,” or any of our clients’ other intellectual property rights.”
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Echoing sentiments that he and Williams expressed in their press statement last week, Levert said, “[Trump] presents himself as supporting ‘law and order’ but, in truth, he’s not respecting the law at all. Mr. Trump resorts to painting pictures of gloom and doom and suggesting that he, alone, is the one savior who can fix things. This reminds me of another story and that would be the Book of Revelation.”
Added Williams, “We don’t appreciate having our music associated with a campaign that is hurtful to so many with whom we have common ground. We’ve really had enough of this. I’m living proof that America is already great. We support those who inspire in a positive way as opposed to bullying and using scare tactics.”