WASHINGTON -- A recently founded super PAC called Americans for Progressive Action is launching a six-figure ad buy to support Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez in the Massachusetts special Senate election to be held June 25.

Gomez is running against Democratic Rep. Ed Markey to fill the remainder of now-Secretary of State John Kerry's Senate term. The spending by Americans for Progressive Action is the first major intervention by any super PAC or outside group to help Gomez as he seeks to upset Markey.

"They're focused on just having a positive impact on elections in America by supporting and promoting candidates that represent a better future for us," said Americans for Progressive Action spokesperson Sheena Tahilramani. "They believe in supporting people with a little bit of an independent streak who care more about doing what's right for America than relying on partisan politics."

Despite the statements from Tahilramani and the use of the word "progressive," often associated with the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, in the group's name, Americans for Progressive Action is well connected to Republican Party consultants, lawyers and media firms, based on available records and information.

But Tahilramani disputed any suggestion that the group is conservative. "We are definitely not a conservative group," she said. She would not, however, disclose the names of those running or involved with Americans for Progressive Action, and also declined to discuss its donors.

Those donors will remain unknown until after the June 25 election as the super PAC was formed on June 5. Groups spending money or contributing to either Gomez or Markey prior to June 5 are required to file a pre-special election disclosure report on June 13. Any group spending money for ads on Boston stations are required to make information about political ad buys available online through the Federal Communications Commission.

Tahilramani said it's hard to know whether Americans for Progressive Action will support candidates other than Gomez in the future.

"I think that's kind of a hypothetical question," Tahilramani said. "I can't comment on what's going to happen in the future because I have no idea. What I can say is that the organization is focused on promoting reasonable candidates. What that means in the future remains to be seen."

Americans for Progressive Action was formed on June 5 by treasurer Nancy H. Watkins, a Republican election lawyer in Florida. According to FCC records, Watkins has been the treasurer for dozens of Republican campaigns and super PACs including Rep. Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign, the congressional campaigns of Reps. David Rivera, Daniel Webster, Bill Posey, Frank LoBiondo and Lou Barletta, among others, and for super PACs including billionaire Joe Ricketts' Ending Spending Action Fund.

Tahilramani is the former chief of staff to Karl Rove and was an intern in the Office of Political Affairs in the White House of former President George W. Bush. Rove is the co-founder of the Republican super PAC American Crossroads and the non-profit Crossroads GPS, two of the biggest outside spenders on the 2012 election. Neither have spent money in the Massachusetts race.

Tahilramani was hired as a spokesperson for the group through the firm 7 Seconds Strategies, which is made up entirely of former Republican Party communications professionals.

In the advertising-buy contract with the Boston television station, WCVB, Americans for Progressive Action is listed as the advertiser but the contract agreement is with Smart Media Group, a noted Republican Party ad maker and buyer. A network analysis by the pro-transparency Sunlight Foundation revealed Smart Media Group to have received payments from eight pro-Republican Party super PACs in the 2012 election cycle. Two of those super PACs, Ending Spending Action Fund and Super PAC for America, employed Watkins as treasurer.

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that the ad buy from Americans for Progressive Action will total $700,000. According to available advertising-buy disclosures, the group has purchased $108,077 worth of ads on Boston's WCVB to air from June 13 through June 18.

The ad buy is the first substantial purchase by a conservative group in support of Gomez. Markey has the backing of a number of groups including the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Senate Majority PAC.

Markey initially sought to limit the amount of spending by super PACs and other outside groups by reaching an agreement with Gomez, much like the one Markey had with Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) in his primary campaign and the one that limited outside spending in the 2012 Senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren. Gomez rejected Markey's proposal and has since had $1.5 million spent against him by outside groups, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

The Huffington Post Pollster average gives Markey a seven-point advantage over Gomez. A survey released on Wednesday by Harper Polling showed Markey with a 12 point advantage.

Also on HuffPost:

Loading Slideshow...
  • Alabama State Capitol (Montgomery, Ala.)

    Pictured on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

  • Alaska State Capitol (Juneau, Alaska)

    Pictured on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Miller)

  • Arizona State Capitol (Phoenix)

    Pictured on Friday, April 23, 2010. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Arkansas State Capitol (Little Rock, Ark.)

    Pictured on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

  • California State Capitol (Sacramento, Calif.)

    Pictured on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

  • Colorado State Capitol (Denver)

    Pictured on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

  • Connecticut State Capitol (Hartford, Conn.)

    Pictured on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1999. (AP Photo/Bob Child)

  • Delaware State Capitol (Dover, Del.)

  • Florida State Capitol (Tallahassee, Fla.)

    Pictured on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Georgia State Capitol (Atlanta)

    Pictured on Tuesday, November 13, 2007. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

  • Hawaii State Capitol (Honolulu)

  • Idaho State Capitol (Boise, Idaho)

    Pictured on Monday, Jan. 14, 2008. (Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

  • Illinois State Capitol (Springfield, Ill.)

    Pictured on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

  • Indiana State Capitol (Indianapolis)

    Pictured on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

  • Iowa State Capitol (Des Moines, Iowa)

    Pictured on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Kansas State Capitol (Topeka, Kan.)

    Pictured on Thursday, April 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

  • Kentucky State Capitol (Frankfort, Ky.)

    Pictured on Wednesday, April 12, 2006. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

  • Louisiana State Capitol (Baton Rouge, La.)

    Pictured on Monday, Jan. 14, 2008. (Matthew HINTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Maine State Capitol (Augusta, Me.)

    Pictured on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

  • Maryland State House (Annapolis, Md.)

    (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

  • Massachusetts State House (Boston)

    Pictured on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

  • Michigan State Capitol (Lansing, Mich.)

    Pictured on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

  • Minnesota State Capitol (St. Paul, Minn.)

    Pictured on Friday, July 1, 2011. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

  • Mississippi State Capitol (Jackson, Miss.)

    Pictured on Thursday, June 10, 1999. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

  • Missouri State Capitol (Jefferson City, Mo.)

    Pictured on Friday, Oct. 16, 2000. (Photo credit should read ORLIN WAGNER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Montana State Capitol (Helena, Mont.)

  • Nebraska State Capitol (Lincoln, Neb.)

    Pictured on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1998. (AP Photo/S.E. McKee)

  • Nevada State Capitol (Carson City, Nev.)

  • New Hampshire State House (Concord, N.H.)

    Pictured on Friday, Dec. 28, 2001. (Todd Warshaw//Pool/Getty Images

  • New Jersey State House (Trenton, N.J.)

    Pictured on Friday, Aug. 13, 2004. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

  • New Mexico State Capitol (Santa Fe, N.M.)

  • New York State Capitol (Albany, N.Y.)

    Pictured on Sunday, March 16, 2008. (Photo by Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

  • North Carolina State Capitol (Raleigh, N.C.)

    Pictured in 1930. (AP Photo)

  • North Dakota State Capitol (Bismarck, N.D.)

    Pictured on Thursday, April 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Dale Wetzel)

  • Ohio Statehouse (Columbus, Ohio)

    Pictured on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. (Photo by Mike Munden/Getty Images)

  • Oklahoma State Capitol (Oklahoma City)

    Pictured on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

  • Oregon State Capitol (Salem, Ore.)

    Pictured on Friday, May 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, file)

  • Pennsylvania State Capitol (Harrisburg, Pa.)

    Pictured on Thursday, June 28, 2012. (BRIGITTE DUSSEAU/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Rhode Island State House (Providence, R.I.)

    Pictured on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 1945. (AP Photo)

  • South Carolina State House (Columbia, S.C.)

    Pictured on Monday, Jan. 21, 2008. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

  • South Dakota State Capitol (Pierre, S.D.)

    Pictured on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Doug Dreyer)

  • Tennessee State Capitol (Nashville, Tenn.)

    Pictured on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1941. (AP Photo)

  • Texas State Capitol (Austin, Texas)

    Pictured on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. (MIRA OBERMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Utah State Capitol (Salt Lake City)

    Pictured on Thursday, March 15, 2001. (GEORGE FREY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Vermont State House (Montpelier, Vt.)

    Pictured on April 9, 1953. (AP Photo/Francis C. Curtin)

  • Virginia State Capitol (Richmond, Va.)

    Pictured on Wednesday, May 2, 2007. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • Washington State Capitol (Olympia, Wash.)

    Pictured on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

  • West Virginia State Capitol (Charleston, W.V.)

    Pictured on July 2, 2010. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Wisconsin State Capitol (Madison, Wis.)

    Pictured on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Wyoming State Capitol (Cheyenne, Wyo.)

    Pictured on Tuesday, March 6, 2001. (Photo by Michael Smith/Newsmakers)