The API's ads frame the legislation as a tax hike on oil and gas companies, which it says will lead to higher gas prices at a time when they have already been ticking up. The ads are running in Maine, West Virginia, Virginia, Nevada, North Carolina, Missouri and Massachusetts through early next week.
"It's another bad idea from Washington," the radio ad says. "In speech after speech, President Obama's calling for higher taxes on the energy producers who power America, to raise money to pay for more government spending."
The campaign also includes a website that seeks to explain, "Why are gas prices rising?"
The Senate is expected to vote on the bill from Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on Monday.
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