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New conservative super PAC launching ad against Booker

The conservative outside group American Commitment is launching a new super PAC, and it's wasting no time using it to target Democrats.

The new American Commitment Action Fund super PAC is set to launch a $100,000 online ad buy against Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) in the New Jersey special Senate election.

The ad, a copy of which was shared with Post Politics before its launch, features clips from Booker's own ads and criticizes him for his record as mayor. It features clips of Newark Democrats — most notably City Councilman Ras Baraka — hitting Booker's leadership.

The ad will be featured on a new Web site — — starting Tuesday.

American Commitment, the super PAC's nonprofit arm, launched in 2012 and spent about $6 million on the 2012 election. Phil Kerpen, head of both arms and a former aide at Americans for Prosperity, said the super PAC will be a major player in the 2014 election.

“AC Action Fund is committed to making the necessary investments to defeat liberals for federal office and support free-market conservatives to return our nation to prosperity,” Kerpen said. “Our first project will expose Cory Booker’s proven record of failure and division that is being hidden behind a facade of media and Twitter celebrity. We’re launching this initiative with an initial commitment of $100,000 and anticipate raising and investing significant additional funds.”

Booker is a heavy favorite in his primary with Reps. Frank Pallone and Rush Holt and state Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver. He is also favored in the general election, with former gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan his likely opponent.

Lonegan is an ally of conservatives but trails Booker in polling. A Quinnipiac poll from earlier this month showed Booker leading 53 to 30 in a head-to-head matchup.

"I think that there’s a real danger that Cory Booker will get a free pass in this race," Kerpen said. "That’s very dangerous for someone who believes in limited government like me."

The primary is Aug. 13. The general election is Oct. 16.

Update 7:33 a.m. Tuesday: A Booker ally notes that the super PAC's website misspells Booker's first name as "Corey."

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



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