Under the Dome

Oil industry targets Hagan, Democratic senators with ad campaign

Sen. Kay Hagan is among the six Democratic senators being targeted by the American Petroleum Institute -- an oil and gas industry advocacy group -- with print, radio and TV advertisements during the lame duck session of Congress.

The goal of the ads is to build support in order to preserve tax breaks given to the industry while the much-hyped "fiscal cliff" is discussed over the next few weeks.

North Carolinians may have already noticed the TV ad, which says the following:

America spoke, loudly, clearly: We want a common sense plan to help people succeed. Sen. Kay Hagan can make energy a big part of improving our economy. She can choose economic growth and American jobs, not slow them with job-killing energy taxes.

Similar ads are running in New Mexico, Colorado, Virginia, Arkansas and North Carolina. The group launched ads supportive of Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska and Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who favor the tax breaks.

All the senators targeted face re-election in 2014.

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