Wednesday 29 August 2012, 11:22 | By CMU Editorial
Hall And Oates shut down fan-founded political committee
Hall And Oates have persuaded two fans who set up a political wing for the pop rock duo’s fanbase to cease their activities. Two fans in Atlanta took it upon themselves to set up the Hall And Oates Super PAC (that’s ‘political action committee’), registering it with the Federal Election Commission, and starting to plan fundraising activities to fund future undefined political campaigns.
Actually, it seems likely the PAC’s founders mainly planned to use the venture to make politically-themed parody videos, and really named it after Hall And Oates for a joke. But Daryl Hall and John Oates were, unsurprisingly, not completely happy when discovering a political fundraising committee had been established in their name, and they reached out to the two fans that had created the PAC asking them to cease their activities.
Hall & Oates’ manager Jonathan Wolfson told the New York Observer: “Daryl Hall and John Oates recognise that the personal viewpoints of their fans cross all political spectrums and are honoured to be supported by their fans everywhere regardless of political affiliation. The PAC’s founders recognise 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 fundraising activities might be”.