`The Stage’ is Set in Ohio: Priorities

Priorities’ Bill Burton says the ad, “Stage,” is back by popular demand.

Priorities USA Action, the super-PAC backing President Barack Obama, has spent millions portraying the business career of Republican Mitt Romney as ruinous to the lives of people who worked for some of the companies that Romney’s Bain Capital took over.

Now it’s commercial featuring Mike Earnest, who built a stage at his plant only to to see executives use it to announce his firing, is returning to the air in several critical states where Obama hopes to build his Electoral College victory: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Priorities’ Bill Burton says the ad, “Stage,” is back by popular demand:  “In our Ohio focus groups this week, we asked swing voters to name the television ads that stood out most to them, in all the welter of advertising they have seen. `Stage’ is the ad that most frequently came to mind: participants were able to describe it in detail and recall theemotional impact it had on them, despite the fact that it had not run in that market for over six weeks.

Priorities USA Action, run by former Obama aides, is reporting $15.2 million in September contributions today at the Federal Election Commission, according to an aide with knowledge of the report.

That marks its best fundraising month yet, as Bloomberg’s Julie Bykowicz reports.

Restore Our Future, a pro-Romney group, reported to the FEC yesterday that it collected $14.8 million in September, making it the group’s second most lucrative month. Restore Our Future raised about $21 million in June after Romney defeated a field of primary competitors.

Restore has raised $111.5 million since the beginning of 2011, more than double the $50.9 million Priorities has collected.

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