Obama targeted

The American Energy Alliance is spending $325,000 in Nevada to attack Barack Obama’s energy policy.

According to Source Watch, an organization that monitors political front groups, the Alliance “was founded in 2008 by Thomas Pyle, who previously lobbied on behalf of the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association and Koch Industries.” Its stated goal is to “create a climate that encourages the advancement of free market energy policies,” particularly oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife refuge and in U.S. coastal waters.

The Alliance calls itself the “grassroots arm” of the Institute for Energy Research, which according to Source Watch “advocates positions on environmental issues including deregulation of utilities, climate change denial, and claims that conventional energy sources are virtually limitless.”