Priorities USA Action
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Priorities USA Action was founded by former Obama campaign officials Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney in order to collect and spend money from wealthy donors, including corporations and unions. As per FEC rules established in the wake of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, the group is legally prohibited from coordinating with the candidate or his campaign.
On August 7, 2012 Priorities USA Action put out an ad titled ‘’Understands’’, which “offers one man’s story to suggest the investment practices of Romney and Bain Capital led to the early death of his wife.” The man, Joe Soptic, explains that after the GST Steel plant was shut down, he lost his job and health insurance for him and his family which lead to his wife’s death from cancer. Politifact rated the claim made in the ad false, noting that the ad “uses innuendo for a serious allegation, but there's no proof directly linking the death to Bain.” Factcheck.org found the ad to be “misleading on several accounts,” including that Soptic’s wife died “five years after the plant closed.” Factcheck.org also points out that, when the plant closed, she had her own employer-sponsored coverage which she lost two years later and, furthermore, that Romney was running the 2002 Winter Olympics when the plant closed.
- "About Us". Priorities USA Action. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
- Draper, Robert (July 5, 2012). "Can the Democrats Catch Up in the Super-PAC Game?". The New York Times. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
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