Green group targets Gardner on oil and gas contributions

The Environmental Defense Fund is hitting Republican Senate candidate Rep. Cory Gardner (Colo.) for donations from the oil and gas industry.

The 30-second TV ad buy will run across Colorado for two weeks starting Tuesday and costs $400,000.

"Congressman Cory Gardner is for big oil," the ad states. "He took over $690,000 in oil and gas industry contributions."

"Now out-of-state oil billionaire Koch brothers are funneling in millions attacking [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.], that's just not the Colorado way.

According to a Wall Street Journal piece, oil and gas companies shifted their contributions from Udall to Gardner, after Gardner announced his plans to challenge the incumbent earlier this year.

Between the first and second quarter filings, industry contributed $223,600 to Gardner and $41,460 to Udall, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, the Journal reports.

The tight race could boil down to energy, issues as Democrats argue over initiatives that ail will likely make the November ballot, which seek to restrict fracking for natural gas in the state.