Huckabee, who is also a former U.S. presidential candidate, played the song at a rally celebrating the Kentucky county clerk and noted bigot Kim Davis. (Remember her?) Survivor sued, claiming copyright infringement, and Huckabee agreed to the five-figure penalty in a confidential out-of-court settlement. CNN noticed the payment, made to a company owned by Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan, on the Huckabee’s latest FEC filing.
The candidate took his chances when he played the song without first securing the rights, and he’ll have to do his time for it—or, in this case, pay his fine. But we have little doubt that Mike Huckabee will soon be rising up, back on the street.
Just a man and his will to survive.