Priorities USA Action is the third largest super PAC. It raised 63.9 million to support Obama, and it is the leading supper PAC in supporting a democratic candidate. Total money spent on independent expenditures was 77.7 million. All ads went to opposing Mitt Romney.
The organization was founded in April 2011 by Bill Burton, Obama’s 2008 campaign press secretary, and Sean Sweeney, former chief of staff to Rahm Emanuel. Priorities USA Action states on their homepage “we are committed to the reelection of President Obama.”
The Super PAC claims to support candidates who generate American jobs, equal opportunity for access to health care, education as an investment for the future, protection of the environment, freedom and equality in LGBT issues and candidates who promote national security.
In President Obama’s 2010 State of the Union address he stated, ” I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests” in reference to Super PACs. Since then, in the shadow of the millions raised by Republican Super PACs, Obama has appeared to change his mind.
Top organization donors are:
Newsweb Corp, $3.5 million
DreamWorks Animation SKG, $3 million
Mostyn Law Firm, $2 million
During the 2012 Election Cycle, all of Priorities Independent Expenditures went to opposing Mitt Romney. No money actually went to supporting President Obama.