The Washington Times - October 20, 2012, 11:14AM

A super PAC that has spent more than $35 million to promote President Obama’s re-election campaign is renewing its efforts to hit Republican challenger Mitt Romney over his time at Bain Capital, according to a memo released Saturday.

Priorities USA Action is planning to release new ads in coming days charging that the GOP nominee’s former venture capital firm put thousands of middle-class Americans out of work by acquiring and closing their employees.


The political action committee, which was founded by two former Obama White House advisers, will also air one of its better-known ads, titled “Stage,” in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Nevada, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The ad, which debuted this summer, features Mike Earnest — a former Indiana paper plant employee — saying that he and coworkers were ordered to build a stage that executives later used to announce that Bain was closing the plant and laying off its workers.

Scrutiny of Mr. Romney’s time at Bain Capital has mostly died down since the summer, when the Obama campaign and many Democrats made it one of the biggest issues in the campaign, alleging that the firm made a habit of outsourcing jobs overseas and laying off American workers.

Priorities USA Action spent $20 million on a campaign attack on Mr. Romney’s business record, including a controversial ad that featured Joe Soptic — a former steel workers who was laid off by his Bain-owned company — indirectly blaming Mr. Romney for his loss of health benefits and his wife’s subsequent death from brain cancer.