By Sam Youngman
The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition (KOC), a nonprofit group running ads promoting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, is focusing the last ad of a $1.8 million buy on coal and President Barack Obama.
The group has already run two ads — one on veterans’ issues and one on the estate tax — as part of the three-week campaign.
Because the KOC is a 501(c)4 nonprofit, it is only permitted to run issue-oriented ads that do not advocate voting for or against a particular candidate.
The last ad to run begins with footage of Obama saying “so if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them.”
The narrator says the president’s energy policies are “crushing our communities, threatening our way of life.”
McConnell, the ad says, is “fighting back to save Kentucky jobs.” It boasts of legislation the senator has proposed, the Saving Coal Jobs Act, saying the proposal “would make it tougher for Obama to block new coal mines so we can save good Kentucky jobs.”
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