- The Washington Times - Monday, June 27, 2016

Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is coughing up $25,000 for playing Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” at a rally last year without the band’s permission.

The former Arkansas governor, who dropped out of the presidential race in February, played the song during a September rally for Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who famously refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Rude Music, which owns the rights to the Survivor song, sued Mr. Huckabee for copyright infringement. The company settled out of court, and it came to light when Mr. Huckabee last week listed the $25,000 cost as a campaign expense on federal election records, CNN Money reported.

Mr. Huckabee reportedly paid half of the settlement in May and listed it as an “itemized disbursement.” He listed the other half as “debts and obligations, CNN reported.

Mr. Huckabee is now petitioning the Federal Election Commission to let him start a separate legal defense fund to pay off the settlement. The FEC issued a draft opinion last week saying the former governor should pay the costs himself, CNN reported.

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