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Pro-Obama Group Using Romney’s Fundraising Comments in Ad

Sept. 19 (Bloomberg) -- An independent political group supporting President Barack Obama has seized on the video of Republican Mitt Romney’s private conversation with donors for an ad it’s running in six swing states.

Priorities USA Action, a so-called super political action committee, is using Romney’s remarks in an ad that is part of a $30 million campaign, according to Bill Burton, co-founder of the group.

It features footage of Romney saying that 47 percent of Americans are dependent upon government and “believe that they are victims.” Romney made the comments at a private fundraiser in May, and on Sept. 17 Mother Jones magazine published a secretly recorded video of the event.

The ad, called “Doors,” begins with a shot of a mansion, then plays Romney’s comments, before moving to an image of a smaller home, with a narrator asking “Victims? Behind these doors?” It accuses Romney of planning to raise taxes by $2,000 on some middle class families to give multimillionaires a $250,000 tax break.

The ad will run in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin, Burton said.

In repeating the charge about a $250,000 tax break for millionaires, made by former President Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, the ad relies on some assumptions that haven’t been spelled out by Romney.

The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center calculated the $250,000 tax break for people making more than $3 million based on Romney’s plan to cap spending at 20 percent of gross domestic product, increase defense spending, cut tax rates and eliminate tax breaks. The center later reduced the size of the tax cut when it considered other possible ways to structure the Romney plan.

To contact the reporter on this story: Hans Nichols in Washington at hnichols2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at skomarow1@bloomberg.net

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