New ads raise BP oil spill, target presidential hopefuls in Iowa

April 20, 2015 12:47 AM

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New ads raise BP oil spill, target presidential hopefuls in Iowa

One commercial, expected to air in Iowa, opens with a montage of news reports from 2010, when an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig resulted in over 200 million gallons of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. The video cuts to a soundbite from the American Petroleum Institute, declaring the spill a "rare incident." The ad cites an Environmental Protection Agency statistic -- 14,000 oil spills reported yearly -- before ending on an ominous warning: "If Washington guts the Renewable Fuel Standard, expect plenty more 'rare incidents.'"

The AUFC's advertising campaign -- a "six-figure effort," according to the progressive group -- is taking aim at potential candidates weighing White House bids in 2016.

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