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Conservative Groups Use Aurora Shooting Photo In Attack Ads ... Again

Americans For Prosperity apologized for using a photo of the president mourning Aurora shooting victims in a negative political ad in April. A similar group used the same photo in a new Colorado attack ad this week. Update: the photo is being removed from the TV ad.

Posted on October 7, 2014, at 3:45 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON — Two conservative groups are using a photo of President Obama visiting a Colorado hospital after the Aurora movie theater shooting in a new series of negative ads attacking Democratic Sen. Mark Udall.

When the Koch-funded Americans For Prosperity used the same image in an April ad campaign, the group called it "an unfortunate oversight."

Now the photo is back in advertising in Colorado, popping up in a social media campaign run by AFP and brand new negative TV spot funded by the Koch-backed Freedom Partners Action Fund.

The original wire photo, taken July, 2012, at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora.

Read about the visit here.

Read about the visit here.

Freedom Partners Action Fund's latest TV ad, now on air in Colorado.

View this video on YouTube

KKTV / Via youtube.com

A cropped version of the photo of Obama at the Aurora hospital appears 16 seconds in.

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AFP's Colorado arm also used the whole image in an Oct. 6 Twitter campaign.

Update, 5:30 PM: Freedom Partners Action Fund says its removing the image of Obama.

"The photo of President Obama has been removed and is not included in the final draft that will begin airing tomorrow," a Freedom Partners spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

Original cut of the ad:

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