Pro-Obama super PAC spends $13.5 million attacking Romney

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Michael Bastasch DCNF Managing Editor
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Priorities USA Action has spent $13.5 million this cycle attacking Mitt Romney, according to numbers from the Center for Responsive Politics.

The group has been particularly critical of Romney’s time at Bain Capital, accusing him of profiting at the expense of workers at the firms Bain took over. It has also taken aim at his job creation claims and outsourcing.

“He promised us the same things he’s promising the United States,” says Pat Wells, a laid-off employee from a company Bain took over, in one ad. “He’ll give you the same thing he gave us. Nothing.”

In another ad, they play scene after scene of Romney changing the number of jobs he created at Bain Capital and cite people questioning the accuracy of his job creation claims.

Priorities USA Action has seen support from big donors, including a $2 million donation from Jeffrey Katzenberg, film producer and CEO of DreamWorks Animation, and $1 million from comedian Bill Maher.

In total, the TV, music and movies industry has donated $3.5 million to the pro-Obama super PAC.

The super PAC has also received generous union donations. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association has donated $1 million and the Service Employees International Union has donated $500,000 to the super PAC this cycle.

The pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future has also spent millions savaging opponents, most notably Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum during the heated Republican primaries.

However, Restore Our Future has also spent $7.3 million attacking President Barack Obama, focusing on Obama’s economic record and the high unemployment rate. The super PAC has also spent $6.7 million supporting Romney, with one ad touting his ability to do things that are “nearly impossible,” including finding a co-worker’s missing daughter.

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