Is Obama appointee the link between the Obama campaign and the Obama SuperPAC?
Was Joe Soptic famous before he was famous?
Did a member of the Obama Administration bring Soptic to the attention of both the Obama campaign and the pro-Obama SuperPAC run by ex-Obama White House aide Bill Burton?
Which would formally tie the administration itself to the activities of the SuperPAC? A violation of federal election law?
Let's get to this by starting with Leo Gerard.
Leo Gerard. He would be a member of the Obama Administration's Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN).
What is that?
ACTPN is a formal part of the Office of the United States Trade Representative, tasked by the 1974 Trade Act with the responsibility to "provide the U.S. Trade Representative with policy advice." The U.S. Trade Representative is officially a member of the President's Cabinet, carrying the title of Ambassador. The current U.S. Trade Rep is Ambassador Ron Kirk. Kirk, a Democrat and Obama appointee, is the former Mayor of Dallas, Texas (the city's first African-American mayor) and previously was the appointed Texas Secretary of State for the late Governor Ann Richards.
The group can have as many as 45 members all appointed by the President and is supposed to be bipartisan, with representatives of both parties serving as members. (Among the GOP members is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.)
But serving on ACTPN as an Obama appointee is not Gerard's day job.
Gerard's day job would be his job as the International President of the United Steelworkers.
The self-same union from which steelworker union member Joe Soptic emerged in the now infamous Obama SuperPAC ad.
Let's follow the bread crumbs, shall we?
First, let's begin with the basics.
As all of America now knows, the Obama SuperPAC has run an ad with former steelworker Soptic essentially accusing Governor Romney of killing his wife. (Ad seen here.)