By Andy Greene
Late last week the political world learned that Hall & Oates fans had created their own super PAC with the aim of damaging the campaign of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. "We just figure that America needs more Hall and Oates," the group's co-founder William Hansmann told Rolling Stone. "We started this as a joke, but then it kind of blew up. I assume they've caught wind of it."
Indeed, Daryl Hall and John Oates had caught wind of Hall and Oates Fans for America -- and they weren't happy about it. Their people have asked organizers to dissolve the super PAC. Halls and Oates Fans for America didn't put up a fight. Here is the complete statement from Hall & Oates manager Jonathan Wolfson:
"Representatives of Daryl Hall and John Oates have been in contact with the founders of the Hall and Oates Fans for America super PAC and are pleased to report that the group's concerns regarding the unauthorized use of their names for fundraising purposes by the super PAC have been amicably resolved and that the super PAC is being dissolved by the founders. The spokesperson for the founders advised that no funds have been raised by the PAC.
"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.
"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 achieve a result both sides are pleased with."
During its brief lifespan, the Hall and Oates Fans for America super PAC had no website, Facebook page or any means to accept donations. A Twitter account was quickly suspended for unknown reasons. Basically, all they did was fax a form to the Federal Election Commission. There were plans to create a series of Romney-mocking videos -- possibly using songs such as "Out of Touch" or "I Can't Go For That" -- but presumably those plans have been set aside.