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Conservative group spending big on anti-Obama ad

Update (4/30):

The Washington Post Fact Checker found that the claims made in this ad are not true. Story as originally written is below.

Ready for another huge spending blitz attacking President Barack Obama? Well, even if you aren’t, it is coming to New Mexico.

Americans for Prosperity will be spending $6.1 million in key battleground states — including New Mexico — attacking President Barack Obama on familiar themes for conservatives — attacking green energy spending.

“Billions of taxpayer dollars spent on green energy went to jobs in foreign countries,” the narrator says. The ad cites money that went to a solar plant in Mexico, an electric car company in Finland and to build traffic lights in China. “Taxpayers are paying to send their own jobs to foreign countries.”

Americans for Prosperity is one of several shadowy conservative groups that are dedicated to defeating Obama and Democrats in November’s elections.

The political non-profit is not required to release its donors, though it was founded by the billionaire Koch brothers.

Obama has gone on the offensive against the Koch brothers in recent months.

Last month, for example:

In late February an email to Obama supporters described Americans for Prosperity as a “front group” and accused the Koch brothers of making millions by “jacking up prices at the pump.” The email also claimed the Koch brothers have committed $200 million to destroying Obama before the November election.

While this money is pouring into the state now, and filling the coffers of local TV stations, if the polls do not start to look better for Romney as November nears, the Koch money will be headed to other, more competitive states.

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Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.

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