Green group slams ‘big oil’-backed Colorado ad, Rep. Gardner

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released an ad Monday accusing Americans (AFP) for Prosperity of running a “smear campaign” against Sen. Mark UdallMark UdallEnergy issues roil race for Senate Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium Two vulnerable senators lack challengers for 2016 MORE (D-Colo.), saying the ads are part of a “big oil” campaign to elect Rep. Cory GardnerCory GardnerInvestments in research and development are investments in American jobs EPA won’t pay Colorado county for some mine spill costs The Trail 2016: Trump applies presidential polish, Cruz adds VP MORE (R-Colo.) to Udall’s Senate seat.

“There’s a smear campaign going on in Colorado, backed by the out-of-state oil billionaire Koch Brothers, steering $1 million into attack ads,” a voiceover on the ad says. “Why? Congressman Gardner supports their agenda. Gardner voted to keep giving billions in special taxpayer-funded subsidies to oil companies.”

The ad is part of a $1 million LCV campaign against Gardner.

It refers to a recent ad by the Koch Brothers-backed AFP that aired in Colorado against the Affordable Care Act. LCV said the ad, as well as other AFP ads in Colorado, are false and misleading.

“The Koch Brothers are steering a million dollars into misleading ads to buy one of their biggest allies a promotion to the Senate,” Gene Karpinski, president of LCV, said in a statement announcing the ad. “But Cory Gardner and his oil billionaire backers will find that the facts are not for sale.”

The ad called Gardner “too extreme for Colorado.”