(CNN) – A conservative political action committee on Tuesday announced plans to spend $1.7 million in a half-dozen battleground states criticizing President Barack Obama's energy policy.
"No matter how Obama spins it, gas costs too much," a narrator says in the Crossroads GPS ad. It also hits him for claiming increased domestic oil production and for claiming credit for decisions made under the administration of President George W. Bush.
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The president and administration officials have maintained that domestic drilling has increased. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said last month the number of working oil rigs is at an all time high, and additional permits for shallow and deep water drilling have been issued.
At a March speech in Ohio, Obama said, "Under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years - at any time. That's a fact."
He argued there is little correlation between drilling and the price at the pump.
The ad is to begin airing on broadcast and cable on Wednesday in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia, all battleground states in the November election.
Crossroads GPS and a sister organization, American Crossroads, have said they will raise and spend $300 million this cycle against President Obama and allies.
The group previously targeted Obama with a $650,000 buy in Nevada, New Mexico, and Ohio while the president visited those states on an energy tour. On Tuesday, Obama fundraised, campaigned, and held an official event in Florida, one of the states which will see the latest Crossroads buy.
The group told CNN the timing of the buy is unrelated to Rick Santorum's Tuesday announcement that he is suspending his presidential bid.
– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report