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Outside group targets Obama record on energy

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- An outside group is lashing out at President Barack Obama's energy record, airing $3.6 million in ads in eight key states blaming him for high gas prices and his decision to delay the Keystone XL pipeline project.

The ads aired by the American Energy Alliance seek to undercut Obama's message that he has increased oil drilling and pushed for renewable energy sources.

The ads are running in New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, and Michigan.

The organization's president is a former lobbyist for Koch Industries, an industrial firm whose top executives, Charles and David Koch, have been prominent supporters of conservative causes.

Democrats say the organization is a "front group for big oil."

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