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As The Hill explains
Independent fact-checkers have noted that the woman died six years after Bain bought the husband’s company, had her own health insurance through her employer, and that Romney was not in charge of the investment firm when her husband was let go. And, for a president whose major selling point is likability, association with such a controversial spot could do serious damage to his brand.
Beyond Ickes, two other Alinskyite thugs behind Priorities USA Action are co-founder Bill Burton, an Obama campaign press secretary who later became a White House deputy press secretary, and co-founder Sean Sweeney, formerly a top aide to then-Obama White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.
Burton calls the Soptic ad “wildly successful” because it has received so much attention in the media. “The truth is, there are a lot of sad stories that came as a result of what happened when Mitt Romney was in business,” Burton said. “I don’t think those stories should be off limits because they’re particularly heartbreaking.”
“Our spots have been factual and well within the bounds of what we think is appropriate,” Burton said without breaking into gales of laughter.
The Soptic ad was funded by the super PAC’s donors. Among those donors are the alleged comedian Bill Maher and the Service Employees International Union.
As of August 9, the Priorities USA Action super PAC had raised $20.7 million. It has spent $17.8 million of that total so far attacking Republicans. A super PAC is a kind of political action committee that may raise and spend unlimited funds from corporations, unions, associations, and individuals to overtly advocate for or against a candidate.
The Priorities USA Action super PAC’s mission statement reads somewhat like the mission statement of Media Matters for America which concerns itself with correcting “conservative misinformation.” Priorities describes itself as
at the forefront of efforts to draw clear contrasts between progressive policies and those of the far right. We are committed to the reelection of President Obama and setting the record straight when there are misleading attacks against him and other progressive leaders.
Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, who gave $2 million, the largest individual donation, said he gave so much because outside Republican spending in 2010 paved the way for the election of “Republican extremists.” He blamed Republicans, not President Obama’s profligate spending, for last year’s debt ceiling showdown. “The stakes are too high for us to simply allow the extremism of a small but well-funded right-wing minority to go unchallenged.”
Priorities USA Action has received support from other Hollywood figure. Comedian Bill Maher and actor Morgan Freeman have each given $1 million.
Other major donors are: Qualcomm founder Irwin Mark Jacobs ($2 million); media mogul Fred Eychaner ($1.5 million); longtime Democratic fundraiser Barbara Stiefel ($1.05 million); ambulance chaser Steve Mostyn, who is president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association ($1,000,000); Kareem Ahmed of Landmark Medical Management ($1 million); real estate developer Franklin Haney ($1 million); New York financier Bernard L. Schwartz ($100,000); and Chicago financier John W. Rogers ($100,000).
Organizer labor has kicked in. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association PAC gave $1 million and SEIU’s PAC gave $1 million. The PAC of the United Auto Workers gave $100,000.
How will Priorities USA Action top the Joe Soptic ad?
It boggles the mind.
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