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Conservative group attacks Reid over Iran deal

A conservative nonprofit foreign policy group is targeting Sen. Harry Reid with online ads over his support for the recently negotiated nuclear accord with Iran.

“Senator Reid is about to come out supporting this bad deal that gives Iran billions of dollars to fund terrorism and allows our children to inherit a dangerous regime with a nuclear weapon," the Facebook ad from Secure America Now reads.

The ad directs opponents of the agreement to "Pledge not to vote for Senator Reid if he chooses to support this bad deal.”

Why the organization is asking people to make such a pledge isn't clear, considering that Sen. Reid is retiring in 2016 and will not seeking re-election.

The conservative riposte comes following Reid’s announcement Sunday that would "will do everything in my power to ensure” that an attempt to block the deal in the United States Senate fails. According to Politico, Reid has been in "close contact with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough” to organize a Democratic filibuster of the bill.

The 501(c)(4) group, which is not required to disclose its donors, describes itself as a "nonpartisan organization dedicated to bringing critical security issues to the forefront of the American debate.”

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and former United Nations ambassador John Bolton are listed as advisory board members. According to OpenSecrets.org, Secure America Now spent $671,000 on ads opposing President Barack Obama in the 2012 campaign.

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