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No, Hillary Clinton’s campaign did not pay $90,000 for a playlist

Hanna Kozlowska
By Hanna Kozlowska

Investigative reporter

This post has been updated.

The internet hive mind is shocked and amused by a report that Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid $90,000 for a 13-song playlist that includes Jennifer Lopez’ 1999 anthem, “Let’s Get Loud,” and Kelly Clarkson’s perennial jogging accompaniment, “Stronger,” to play at its rallies.

In fact the hefty price tag is bogus.

The information comes from a Feb. 1 Rolling Stone guide to the presidential candidates’ favorite music, which reported: ”If the list sounds focus-grouped, it may have been: Clinton’s campaign paid $90,000 to a consulting firm in Portland, Oregon, to help compile the list.”

According to data from the Federal Election Commission, the campaign paid $9,000—not $90,000—to the Portland-based music supervision agency Marmoset for “digital consulting.”


Ryan Wines, CEO of Marmoset told Quartz the information was “absolutely not true.”  ”No they did not compile our event playlist.  We did that ourselves.  We pay to use some of their music in our web videos,” said Josh Schwerin, spokesperson for the campaign.

Here’s the controversial playlist:

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