In a huge oversight by the Ohio University Students for Romney who created a pro-Mitt Romney video that features The National‘s “Fake Empire,” now taken off of Youtube, the Cincinnati, Ohio band is currently outraged. As huge Barack Obama supporters who have performed at rallies and benefits, as well as sold shirts for Obama’s campaign, The National is livid over the fact that “Fake Empire” – the same song used in a 2008 Obama ad – was used without the band’s permission. In response to the Youtube video, Matt Berninger of The National posted the following comment:
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.
It’s a shame that the Youtube video has been removed, because it would’ve been fun to see the responses to Berninger’s comment.