Keystone XL ad visible on White House website

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This framegrab image of the White House website obtained by The Associated Press shows an oil and gas industry advertisement that got some prime online real estate for their ad pressing President Barack Obama on the Keystone XL pipeline on the White House’s official website. (AP Photo)
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This framegrab image of the White House website obtained by The Associated Press shows an oil and gas industry advertisement that got some prime online real estate for their ad pressing President Barack Obama on the Keystone XL pipeline on the White House’s official website. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The oil and gas industry got some prime online real estate for their ad pressing President Barack Obama on the Keystone XL pipeline: The White House's official website.

Obama held a virtual town hall Thursday about Latino health care enrollment, organized by Spanish-language TV networks.

To give visitors a way to watch, the White House embedded a live stream from the Fusion network on its own website. Fusion's live stream first shows users an advertisement, known as a "pre-roll."

Some users tuning in through www.whitehouse.gov were shown an ad from the American Petroleum Institute. The ad urges viewers to tell Obama to approve the pipeline.

API has a major online and TV campaign on Keystone. The groups says it's just a coincidence the ad aired on the White House site.

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