Hall & Oates Convince Super PAC Named After Them To Shut Down

from the but-now-where-will-the-hall-&-oates-fans-put-their-money? dept

There's been plenty of talk this election season about the rise of PACs and SuperPACs -- and the ease of creating them. Of course, that can lead to some bizarre situations. Take, for example the creation of the Hall and Oates Fans for America SuperPAC, which was recently approved by the Federal Election Commission (found via On the Media). The thinking behind it might not surprise you very much:
“It was really just kind of a joke a couple of us came up with drunk one night. I wish I could say there was more to it, but that’s about it,” said [William] Hansmann.
Hansmann stated that the goal of the SuperPAC was "to create parody videos on YouTube." Seems like as good a use of a SuperPAC as any. As for why they chose famed rock duo Hall & Oates? Well, that was easy:
“When we hit on Hall & Oates, we were just like, who doesn’t love Hall & Oates?” Mr. Hansmann explained.
That may be true... but while everyone may love Hall & Oates... it turns out that Hall & Oates don't really love being associated with a SuperPAC. They had their people "get in touch" with Hansmann and convince him to shut down the SuperPAC, which had raised all of $0. According to Hall & Oates' manager, the duo was wary of any political connection whatsoever, even one involving parody videos:
"Daryl Hall and John Oates recognize that the personal view points of their fans cross all political spectrums and are honored to be supported by their fans everywhere regardless of political affiliation... The PAC's founders recognize that the use of the ‘Hall’ and ‘Oates’ names for the purpose of raising funds is not an appropriate fan activity no matter what the goal of the fund raising activities might be.”
Thankfully, it appears that the dynamic duo and their manager resolved this in a friendly manner, rather than the all-too-typical reaction of some to immediately rush to legal nastygramming.
"Daryl Hall and John Oates are pleased that the amicable dialog with the founders of the Super Pac have brought an expedient resolution to this matter and achieved a result both sides are pleased with."
Of course, what's unclear is if the SuperPAC has just been shut down, or is being renamed. Any suggestions on what else it might be called?


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    Loki, Aug 30th, 2012 @ 1:39pm

    Well if the purpose is parody, the Righthaven superpac might be a good choice.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 30th, 2012 @ 1:54pm

    I'm not sure if I'm interpreting this correctly, but it's almost as if you supported this as a place for fans to put money into. I can't agree if this is the case. It's one thing to make something as a tribute, it's another to paste someone's face onto a political committee when they are unaware or unwilling to act as their avatar.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 30th, 2012 @ 2:08pm

    Any suggestions on what else it might be called?

    The Oates and Hall Fans for America

     

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    Jeffrey Nonken (profile), Aug 30th, 2012 @ 2:10pm

    Simon and Garfunkel? Loggins and Messina? Starsky & Hutch? Cagney & Lacey? Bob and Bing?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 30th, 2012 @ 2:19pm

    Hell and Totes.... SuperPAC

    They could do parodies of music, films, and popular handbag lines (who shall not be mentioned...)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 30th, 2012 @ 2:20pm

    How about "Oates, Garfunkel, Messina, Ridgeley and Stewart"?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 30th, 2012 @ 2:21pm

    Re: Hell and Totes.... SuperPAC

    Never mind, I'm trademarking this name and starting a band...

    We will do parodies while wearing knock-off's of popular brands...

    We will make a killing in merchandising, who wouldn't want a new HT handbag with funky symbols?

     

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    slander (profile), Aug 30th, 2012 @ 2:23pm

    Re:

    BJ and the Bear No More Monkeyshines Political Fecal-Matter-Flinging Consortium for the Betterment of the Political Process.

     

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    Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile), Aug 30th, 2012 @ 2:24pm

    Re:

    Oates & Messina. Additional information available in the cassette rack at your local carwash.

     

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    Manok, Aug 30th, 2012 @ 2:29pm

    Our PAC will continue as the "Apple & Samsung superPAC". (a.k.a. "Samsung & Apple superPAC")

     

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    Lord Binky, Aug 30th, 2012 @ 2:40pm

    I was partial to 'Not Hall and Oats fans for America' just to Hall and Oats feel safe they are not being used to raise funds.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 30th, 2012 @ 2:50pm

    Intellectual in ventures. That would be an adorable way of honouring a dear friend of patents.

     

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    Jason, Aug 30th, 2012 @ 4:03pm

    how about the

    Fan Ettiquette, a book by Daryl Hall and John Oates on how to plan appropriate fan activities SuperPAC?

     

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    Jason, Aug 30th, 2012 @ 4:05pm

    Re: how about the

    I mean, clearly they support that.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Aug 30th, 2012 @ 4:06pm

    Re:

    I don't think you interpreted it correctly.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 30th, 2012 @ 5:42pm

    Bada

    Bada Bing n Bada Boom Super Pac for Wanabes.

    Political Action you can't refuse

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 30th, 2012 @ 5:49pm

    Re: Re: Hell and Totes.... SuperPAC

    Hell and Totes...I like it

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 30th, 2012 @ 6:19pm

    Re:

    Westboro Baptist Glee club.

     

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    Spaceman Spiff (profile), Aug 30th, 2012 @ 7:16pm

    New name?

    The Not-the-Hall-and-Oats SuperPAC?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 30th, 2012 @ 8:50pm

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    How about "Corridor and Barley"?

     

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    DataShade (profile), Aug 31st, 2012 @ 12:55am

    Somewhat Unserious Proposal that Everyone Respect Parody As Commentary

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Aug 31st, 2012 @ 1:22am

    Re:

    I'm not sure if I'm interpreting this correctly, but it's almost as if you supported this as a place for fans to put money into.

    You're not interpreting it correctly. The whole thing is clearly a joke.

     

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    ebilrawkscientist (profile), Aug 31st, 2012 @ 1:52am

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    > corporate hypocrisy, would be a good name.

     

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    Lennart Regebro, Aug 31st, 2012 @ 4:24am

    New name for Super PAC Hall & Oates: Hates & All

     

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    Mudkips, Aug 31st, 2012 @ 4:28am

    Haul'n Oats. but may pickup some static from grain transporters lobby.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 31st, 2012 @ 5:24am

    No I Can't Go For That

     

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    Pickle Monger (profile), Aug 31st, 2012 @ 7:14am

    Super name contest

    Clint Eastwood and The Chair SuperPAC (google it).

     

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    Pickle Monger (profile), Aug 31st, 2012 @ 7:15am

    Super name contest

    Clint Eastwood and The Chair SuperPAC (google it).

     

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    Pickle Monger (profile), Aug 31st, 2012 @ 7:16am

    Super name contest

    Clint Eastwood and The Chair SuperPAC (google it).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 31st, 2012 @ 7:09pm

    Re: Re: Re: Hell and Totes.... SuperPAC

    If you feel that America is going to Hell in a hand basket, have we got a Political Action Committee (and handbag line) for you...

    Hell and Totes...

    We won't try to change the world, we know where things are heading, but we will help you be a little more fashionable on our descent into the great abyss...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 4th, 2012 @ 6:35am

    The PAC formerly known as Hall & Oates

     

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