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Conservative group launches big anti-Obama ad campaign

The American Energy Alliance -- a group with reported ties to the conservative Koch Brothers -- has launched a $3 million-plus TV ad campaign hitting President Obama on higher gas prices.

The campaign -- at a buy of $3.2 million -- will air in Colorado, Iowa, Florida, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia from March 30 through April 12, according to NBC's ad-tracking data.

"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 ad goes.

"Obama's Energy Secretary said we need to -- quote -- boost the prices of gasoline to the levels in Europe. That's nine dollars a gallon. But what does he care. 'I don't own a car at the moment.' Tell Obama: We can't afford his failing energy policies.

Meanwhile, the DNC is up with a web video noting that the people behind this ad campaign are from "Big Oil."

Politico reported yesterday the person who runs American Energy Alliance -- Tom Pyle -- is a former Koch Industries lobbyist who regularly attends the political summits organized by the Koch Brothers.