(CNN) - An independent organization established to support Rep. Michele Bachmann's run for president started accepting donations Thursday, according to co-founder Bob Harris.
"Keep Conservatives United," the so-called SuperPAC launched approximately a month ago, plans to run ads pointing to the record of the Minnesota representative, while criticizing Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is expected to jump into the race for the White House.
"Bachmann has the guts to fight the Washington establishment and Rick Perry is just a spoiler," Harris told CNN. "I think his record is not what people think it is."
Harris, a veteran political operative, started his career with the late North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms in 1978.
Under Federal Election Commission rules, a "Super PAC" can accept unlimited donations but must report its contributors and cannot coordinate with a candidate. Other candidates, including Romney and President Barack Obama have SuperPACs established by former aides to help in their fundraising efforts.
Although Harris said he does not have a direct relationship with Bachmann or Perry, the group is taking aim specifically at Perry because of his high poll numbers, Harris said.
A new CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday showed 15 percent of Republican and independent voters who lean toward the GOP picked Perry as their choice for the Republican nomination. Perry was just two points behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, considered the frontrunner in the nominating process. Romney's two point advantage over Perry is within the survey's sampling error.
For now, the group has released a web ad, but Harris said the funds raised will go toward a television ad buy "where we think we can be effective."
"Perry's knocking Bush on spending while Perry's spending even faster. Pretty slick Rick," a web video from the group says. "There is an honest conservative challenging the Washington establishment and she's not Rick Perry."
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.