There has been a change to this news story ***Updated below***
Politics. I guess the typical strategy to getting elected is to do anything, even LIE to get elected. Once in office the typical case the lie is usually brought to light or comes out in some way. It takes talent to get caught during the election, but Obama & Company are just so talented.
In plain language there is a new ad pro Obama, against Romney that the end meaning is that: Romney killed his wife. A man goes on to tell his sorrowful story how his wife lost her job at Bain and her health care insurance, and went on to die of cancer. (Reports have revealed that the steelworker’s wife retained health insurance through her own job during this time and that he had the opportunity to but did not add her to his own insurance plan once he took a new job. The plant also closed two years after Romney left Bain in 1999).
The story itself isn’t entirely true and Obama’s denial of being a part of it isn’t true.
When President Obama’s aides said they weren’t familiar with former Missouri steelworker Joe Soptic’s life story, all they had to do was check their own campaign archives.
Soptic, laid off from Bain Capital-owned GST Steel, stars in a Priorities USA Action spot this week in which he tells of how his wife died without health insurance after he lost his job. Soptic also appeared, wearing what appears to be an identical shirt, in a May television ad for the Obama campaign.
Asked about the Priorities spot on MSNBC Wednesday morning, Robert Gibbs said he doesn’t “know the specifics” while Stephanie Cutter said on CNN: “I don’t know the facts about when Mr. Soptic’s wife got sick or the facts about his health insurance.”
And Jen Psaki told reporters on Air Force One that “we don’t have any knowledge of the story of the family,” according to Yahoo! News.
But Cutter hosted an Obama campaign conference call in May in which Soptic told reporters the very story featured in the Priorities spot.
Both the campaign and the Priorities USA Action said there was no coordination about Soptic’s appearances. In the campaign’s ad, Soptic speaks only about the plant. In the Priorities spot, he tells the personal story he relayed during the Obama campaign conference call.
“We have no idea when Priorities shot their spot,” an Obama campaign official said. “We’re not allowed to coordinate with them – but we can tell you it wasn’t when we shot ours.”
So who IS responsible for the ad???
Meet the Hollywood moguls and actors, outsourcing pioneers, heiress gardener, and others responsible for outrageous Obama Super PAC ad linking Mitt Romney to woman’s death from cancer:
A group of ten wealthy mega donors have donated a combined $12.55 million to Priorities USA:
1. Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO Dreamworks
Katzenberg is Obama’s single largest donor, providing the super PAC with a $2 million boost, bundling more than $2.3 million for the campaign and co-hosting a star-studded $15 million fundraiser for the president in May. The SEC is investigating Dreamworks for allegedly bribing Chinese officials to develop a studio overseas. Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton helped to broker the $2 billion deal.
2. Irwin Mark Jacobs, founder Qualcomm
Jacobs is another $2 million donor to Priorities USA and has given $100,000 to George Soros’ American Bridge 21st Century, a super PAC closely aligned with the White House. Jacobs, who has an estimated net worth of nearly $2 billion, pioneered the practice of outsourcing telecommunications jobs; his company has sent $16.5 billion in cash overseas to cut costs and avoid the highest corporate tax rate in the world.
3. Fred Eychaner, political activist
Eychaner, a reclusive millionaire media mogul and gay rights activist, injected $1.5 million into Obama’s super PAC, as well as $1.75 million into three other Democratic super PACs for the 2012 election. A Chicago native, he has been a top moneyman to Democrats over the years. He gave at least $3.2 million in 2004 to Democrats and uses his foundation to distribute millions every year to liberal causes.
4. Barbara Stiefel, philanthropist
Stiefel donated just over $1 million to help finance the super PAC’s advertising activities, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Stiefel, a veteran liberal philanthropist, has given $5,000 in donations to Obama, as well as to Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren and to Patrick Murphy, the Democratic challenger to Rep. Allen West (R., Fla.). She has also given $61,600 to the DNC in the 2012 cycle.
5. Amy Goldman, gardener
Goldman set aside $1 million of the money she has earned as “the world’s premier vegetable gardener” for the Obama super PAC. Goldman is the daughter of New York City Real Estate mogul Sol Goldman, one of New York City’s wealthiest landlords at the time of his death in 1987. Amy and her three siblings battled with their mother over the late Goldman’s $1 billion empire in an ugly inheritance case that was eventually settled.
6. Steve Mostyn, trial lawyer
Mostyn contributed $1 million to Priorities USA, along with $500,000 to the Democratic House Majority super PAC, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Mostyn has been an active opponent of tort reform, contributing $3 million to trial lawyer-backed groups to oppose Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other pro-tort reform lawmakers. One of the longtime Democrat’s most controversial tactics has been opening up his wallet to Republican primary challengers who pledged to oppose tort reform.
7. Kareem Ahmed, CEO of Landmark Medical Management
Ahmed contributed $1 million to Priorities USA, as well as tens of thousands in donations to the DNC and Democratic Senators in swing states, such as Florida’s Bill Nelson and Pennsylvania’s Bob Casey. He owns a California-based medical billing company, Landmark Medical Management.
8. Bill Maher, TV host and comedian
HBO host and militant atheist Bill Maher gave Obama’s super PAC a much-needed $1 million boost in February as it struggled to match the fervor and cash of pro-Romney groups. Maher has found himself embroiled in controversy for often calling conservative women, such as Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.), anti-female slurs.
9. Franklin Haney, real estate developer
Haney contributed $1 million to Priorities USA. The Tennessee real estate developer, who owns a $23 million Florida mansion built by the Hearst family, has been at the center of a number of federal indictments, lawsuits, and fines. He was indicted for reimbursing associates for making $200,000 in donations to the Clinton/Gore campaigns in 1992 and 1996, and was later forced to pay $12.7 million in damages for a controversial bond sale.
10. Morgan Freeman, actor
Freeman donated $1 million to the super PAC in June, the culmination of four years spent defending the president. An outspoken Obama supporter in 2008, the previously apolitical Academy Award winner has become increasingly antagonistic toward the president’s critics. In September 2011, Freeman accused the Tea Party of being motivated by nothing more than racism.
The Obama campaign has refused to condemn the ad, which is part of a $20 million Priorities television campaign. Despite the insistence of campaign officials that they did not know Soptic’s story, the campaign featured the steelworker in one of its own advertisements as well as on a conference call.
Not condemning it, is the same as agreeing with or being part of the lies.
Now, I expect this kind of thing from Obama, a politician. Question is, do the American people care?
Obama camp acknowledges knowing man’s story.
Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki acknowledged Thursday that the campaign was no longer pleading ignorance about the story of a man who has appeared in both a super PAC ad and a campaign ad.
“No one is denying he was in one of our campaign ads. He was on a conference call telling his story,” Psaki told reporters on Air Force One.
Missouri steelworker Joe Soptic starred in an Obama campaign ad and participated in a conference call with the campaign in May, as POLITICO reported Wednesday. He resurfaced this week in a Priorities USA Action super PAC ad, charging that his wife died of cancer after Mitt Romney’s former private equity firm laid him off.
Distancing themselves from the controversial ad, Obama campaign staffers initially denied knowledge of Soptic’s story — despite the fact that he was in an Obama campaign ad.
Adviser Robert Gibbs said he didn’t know “specifics,” while deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said on CNN: “I don’t know the facts about when Mr. Soptic’s wife got sick or the facts about his health insurance.”
And yesterday on Air Force One, Psaki said, “we don’t have any knowledge of the story of the family.”
UPDATE: Amanda Henneberg, a spokesperson for the Romney campaign, said this in a statement: “President Obama’s campaign has been caught lying about its knowledge concerning a vicious smear run by his Super PAC. And now, they have doubled down with another dishonorable and dishonest attack. In 2008, candidate Obama said ‘you make a big election about small things’ when you don’t have a record to run on. Since President Obama can’t run on record unemployment, falling incomes, and massive debt, he has decided to run a dirty campaign that is an affront to everything he claims to stand for.”