The centerpiece of a $20 million operation by a super PAC backing President Barack
Obama is being criticized for inconsistent timelines behind a new ad featuring
steelworker Joe Soptic that may also have broken campaign finance laws.

The PAC commercial, set to blanket swing state television sets, showcases the story
of Soptic, a 62-year-old Missouri man, and suggests that Republican presidential
hopeful Mitt Romney is responsible for his wife’s death.

Such ads by PACS are called independent political expenditures, and it’s a violation
of federal election laws for a campaign to coordinate with the production or
placement of such commercials.

However, a similar ad featuring Soptic wearing the same shirt was produced by
the Obama campaign in May, along with a conference call in which Soptic read a
transcript retelling his wife’s tragic story.