[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/02/art.obamarnc.ap.jpg caption="An independent expenditure arm of the RNC is set to take aim at Obama."](CNN) - The RNC has created an independent expenditure campaign that will go up with its first TV ads in crucial battleground states this weekend.
CNN is told the first buy is in the ballpark of $3 million, and the subject of the ad will be “energy security.”
Parties are allowed by law to set up an independent expenditure campaign as long as it operates independently and does not coordinate on content or strategy with the party.
“Following Barack Obama's decision to become the only major party presidential candidate in history to not adhere to campaign spending caps, the Republican National Committee has begun an independent expenditure campaign in accordance with FEC regulations," Brad Todd, a consultant to the RNC's independent expenditure unit said in a statement. "The RNC will first advertise this weekend in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, highlighting the issue of energy security, which is emerging as a defining difference in the race for president."