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Koch Brothers' Advocacy Group Holding Rally in Jupiter Tomorrow; Tour Not Exactly a Success

Americans for Prosperity -- the right-wing funding machine created by the billionaire Koch brothers -- started a statewide tour yesterday to hold rallies blaming President Obama for high gas prices.

The tour's first stop yesterday in Jacksonville drew a whopping 15 people -- maybe 15 people, according to the Florida Times-Union.

It looks like Americans for Prosperity's "Running on Empty Tour" is, appropriately, running on empty.

According to the Americans for Prosperity website, the points they're trying to make is that the president is against domestic energy production -- through moratoriums, regulations, and things of the like.

That said, it's hard to imagine people would rally behind policy changes that would benefit billionaire energy tycoons, but using anti-Obama sentiment as the method to draw in the plain folk is quite chic.

"When President Obama took office, the price of gasoline was $1.83 per gallon; it's now $3.78 per gallon, a 106 percent increase," Americans for Prosperity Foundation President Tim Phillips says in a statement, conveniently leaving out the fact that it seems to have been a bit higher under the previous president. "Obama's hostility toward domestic production and his desire to use high gas prices to change Americans' driving behavior are contributing to the escalating cost of fuel."

Part of the scheme is sending President Obama a "bill" for how much your gas will cost over the next year, based on an arbitrary calculation found here.

If you're into that kind of thing, the Jupiter stop -- which is the last in the state -- is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Abacoa Amphitheater.

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