To repeat, the pro-Obama SuperPAC ad where a laid-off steelworker links his wife's death to Mitt Romney's former equity firm Bain Capital still hasn't been broadcast in commercial time in Pennsylvania or anywhere else. But people are still watching it online, many of them here in Pa.
Bill Burton, one of the founders of Priorities USA Action, acknowledged that the ad had indeed never been broadcast. But all that free media attention has helped it chalk up nearly half-a-million views online, according to YouTube.
More important for Mr. Burton and his super PAC, however, may be where the ad is being watched. Of the top five states where people are watching the ad, one is California — often in the top because of the size of the state. A reliably Democratic state in presidential elections, California is not a focus of either the Romney or Obama campaign.
But the other four are: Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
According to Mr. Burton, who said the ad will eventually run on television, it has been watched by 48,979 people in Florida; 28,473 people in Pennsylvania; 23,739 people in Ohio and 22,887 people in Virginia.
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