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BP hands out millions of dollars for Alabama ad

By Margo Gray – bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF)- A newly-released commercial promoting Alabama beaches is causing a little controversy because BP is behind it.

BP gave the state of Alabama $15 million dollars just to help with tourism advertising.

Not only Alabama, but all the state's impacted by the oil spill.

BP handed out millions, but some are questioning if the state should be taking handouts at all.

In the ad, it says "Check out our zoo, the wharf, there is something for everyone and shopping."

This brand new ad wants you to think about things other than getting in the water of Alabama beaches.

It's an ad paid for from BP fund, hoping to curb the economic harm the oil spill has caused the tourism industry.

With oil washing up on the shore and dozens canceling vacations, the ad may be the state's only hope.

"It's very critical and important at this time to spread the message that people can still come to vacation to in Gulf Shores," said Alabama Tourism Department Spokesperson Edith Parten.

During the summer months alone, tourism dollars from the coastal counties draw in more than 30% of Alabama's state revenue.

"A large chunk of change is generated by our gulf coast and the bulk of that comes from our season," said Parten.

A message from BP to make right, for what the oil spill has done wrong.

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