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Priorities USA Action has been one of the Obama campaign’s most important supporters. Priorities USA is an independent expenditure Political Action Committee (PAC) that believes “the stakes for protecting our country’s core values have never been higher as Republicans pursue an agenda that rewards only the wealthiest few at the expense of middle class families.”
The PAC says it advocates for candidates who support economic policies that would create and generate investment in the country, and for candidates who promote fairness and health care access to everyone. Priorities USA Action clearly stated their support for Barack Obama: “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.”
Their sympathy for Obama has traduced a lot of support; they have released several videos criticizing Mitt Romney. The hardest one is called ‘Understands.’ It tells the story of a former worker, Jose Soptic, of a steel plant controlled by Bain Capital in Kansas. Soptic explains how when the plant was closed he lost his health insurance. Then, his wife got sick with cancer and couldn’t be treated on time without insurance, so she died.
Although Soptic is a lifelong Democrat and a union member, Obama’s campaign has tried to distance itself from his story. Spokesman Jen Psaki stated “We don’t have any knowledge of the story of the family.” But the Obama campaign had already used him to tell his story in a conference call with reporters in May.
Another Priorities USA Action ad called ‘Briefcase’ criticizes Romney’s business record, saying that he bought companies and drowned them in debt. Many of them went bankrupt, which consequently led to thousands of jobs lost. The ad claims that for every company that went into bankruptcy, Romney made millionaire profits. The ad ends stating: “If Romney wins the middle class loses.”
Priorities USA Action is also against the “Romney Rule,” which would make millionaires pay a lower tax rate than the middle class. For them, it would be a tax plan that would burden the middle class.
Priorities USA Action has been, and will continue being, one of Obama’s major supporters. According to Open Secrets, Center for Responsible Politics, during 2012 PAC has raised nearly $21 million and has spent almost $18 million supporting Obama.