Environmental groups have purchased full-page color advertisements in five Gulf states newspapers, including The Advocate, thanking the nine area senators who voted for legislation dedicating 80 percent of fines from the 2010 BP well disaster to restoring the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystem and economy.

The ads feature a “thank you” from 62 Gulf Coast businesses, business groups and restoration advocacy groups who “led an overwhelmingly bipartisan group of 76 senators” to pas the Restore the Gulf Coast States Act. The ads cost a total of $45,000 and are paid for by the National Wildlife Federation, Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, Oxfam America and Ocean Conservancy.

In addition to Sunday’s edition of The Advocate, ads will appear in the Houston Chronicle, Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register, Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal and the (Biloxi, Miss.) Sun Herald.