The pro-Obama SuperPAC Priorities USA Action released a controversial web spot this week that links Mitt Romney to a GST Steel worker and the death of his wife. Now a conservative site is going after some of the Hollywood donors to Priorities, publishing their phone contact numbers for guilt by association.
Buzzfeed’s Michael Hastings reported that an e-mail sent by Grassfire Nation included the names of Bill Maher, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Jeffery Katzenberg and Morgan Freeman, all of whom have given to the SuperPAC. Romney has blasted the ad, and his campaign unveiled a new spot today questioning Obama’s character when his campaign “tries to use the tragedy of a woman’s death for political gain.” The ad has yet to air on commercial television, but the SuperPAC has said that it would be part of a $20 million TV and online ad buy in swing states.
Grassfire Nation asks that “Hollywood elites” be called to ask that they “use their influence and demand that this despicable ad be withdrawn.”
At least publicly, there is little if any sign of a backlash to the ad among Priorities donors from show biz,
if they are aware of the spot at all. Earlier this week, a spokesman for Morgan Freeman said that the actor “doesn’t comment on these situations.”
Andy Spahn, political adviser to Katzenberg and Spielberg and a fundraiser for Priorities, said that their office had received three or four calls on Friday, with the callers appearing to be reading off a script. He said that he has not heard of any donors upset over the spot. “Every day that Romney is off message is a good day,” he said.