March 30, 2012 at 10:01 am
The American Energy Alliance this week launched a $3.6 million- TV ad campaign hitting President Obama on higher gas prices. The ad, “Nine Dollar Gas,” will air in Florida and seven other swing states from March 30 through April 12.
“Since Obama became president, gas prices have nearly doubled. Obama opposed exploring for energy in Alaska. He gave millions of tax dollars to Solyndra, which then went bankrupt. And he blocked the Keystone Pipeline, so we’ll all pay more at the pump,” the narrator says in the ad.
The president of American Energy Alliance is a former lobbyist for Koch Industries, an industrial firm whose top executives, Charles and David Koch, have been prominent supporters of conservative causes. According to Politico, the Koch brothers’ network is aiming to steer significantly more than $200 million to conservative groups for political advertising and organizing ahead of Election Day.
Shortly after the American Energy Alliance announced plans to run the ad, the DNC released a web video noting that the people behind the campaign are from “Big Oil.”
Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse on Thursday accused the brothers of “funding yet another shadowy outside group to defend the interests of Big Oil and protect their own tax breaks and profits with Mitt Romney being the ultimate beneficiary.”