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Opposition Research

The Lesson Rubio (Almost) Learned From the GOP Debate

Janet Harris | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics
Janet Harris

If establishment Republicans want to stop Trump, they can't treat him like an ordinary candidate. They can't defeat him with personal attacks. They can't defeat him on ideology by saying he's not a true conservative.

How The Republican Party Failed To Dig Up Dirt On Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's no secret that rival campaigns were caught off guard by Donald Trump's ascent in the Republican primary. But the extent to which th...

Leading GOP Candidate For Louisiana Governor Suspected Of Spying On Political Rival

The New Orleans Advocate | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics

The arrest could have been ripped from a Hollywood script, playing out on the eve of a statewide election....

Why a Biden Run Is Straight Out of 'Peanuts'

Art Brodsky | Posted 08.30.2015 | Politics
Art Brodsky

One of the most famous gags in the strip came every fall, when mean little Lucy would tee up a football and beg poor old Charlie Brown to kick it. Lucy pulls the ball away from Charlie Brown, and he lands flat on his back... again. It always happens like that. So let's look at the lessons here, and why a Biden campaign would be a big mistake.

Jason Linkins

Alison Lundergan Grimes' Parents Looking At Some Christmas Ornaments Is Somehow News | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics

It's been awhile since I've come face to face with one of those "how on Earth did this become a news story" stories, but Monday morning, The Hill spew...

Can You Be A Political Mudslinger And Still Have A Soul?

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Political campaigns are increasingly staffed by people whose sole job is to figure out how to destroy the opposition. They tend to be yo...

Hillary Clinton Is Either A Huge Gift Or Big Yawn For Opposition Researchers

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's potential presidential campaign presents a conundrum for Republican opposition research groups. On the one hand, th...

'Drinking And Talking' Explores The Dark Side Of Political Campaigns

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At the heart of a presidential campaign are two kinds of creatures. There is the campaign operative, whose job is to bolster his or her ...

Jon Ward

President Of Top Democratic Opposition Research Group Stepping Down | Jon Ward | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Rodell Mollineau, the president of Democratic opposition research group American Bridge, is stepping down next month to work as an independent consul...

Jon Ward

Destroying The Opposition Is A Business For the Right, A Cause For The Left | Jon Ward | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– In the age of big data, there is also big oppo. The Republicans last year launched their own group, America Rising, to counter the...

RNC: We'll Be Ready For Hillary, Too

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 12.05.2013 | Politics

Reince Priebus, chair of the Republican National Committee, says the party is narrowing in on former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, a potential c...

On the Wrong Track

Brett C. Di Resta | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Brett C. Di Resta

When I started research, it was a rare thing to track an opposing candidate. Now, with cheap digital cameras, or even camera phones in a pinch, tracking has never been easier or more prevalent.

It's About That Time

Brett C. Di Resta | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics
Brett C. Di Resta

Sensationalizing opposition research may make for good television. But gathering facts, unearthing the truth, revealing sins of omission and countering false information makes for good, honest campaigns.

Opposition Research Revealed

Geri Spieler | Posted 03.31.2012 | Books
Geri Spieler

We see firsthand the gritty details and feel the frustration through stories about obstructionist clerks who are determined to keep public documents private. The book is presented as a diary of sorts, each chapter alternating authors.

Jason Cherkis

Let The Mud Fly: Read Texas Dems' 500-Page Rick Perry Opposition Book | Jason Cherkis | Posted 01.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Running for the 2008 GOP nomination, John McCain's campaign team pulled together 200 pages of dirt on his 2008 rival Mitt Romney, posted...

Opposition Research Grows Ahead Of 2012

Reuters | Timothy Reid | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics

It was a little noticed event in Texas governor Rick Perry's schedule, an October 28 visit to the Barley House tavern in Concord, New Hampshire, to sa...

Sam Stein

McMahon Misstep May Help Blumenthal Out Of Vietnam-Related Hole | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's long-awaited effort to win a Senate seat took a major hit when it was reported on Monday night that ...

Frontrunner McCain To Face Howard Dean Fact Checking

Politico | Jeanne Cummings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With John McCain poised to win the Republican nomination, Democrats are already gathering ammunition to use against him in the general election. In m...

Dirty Politics: "Confessions Of A Political Hitman"

ABC News | MARCUS BARAM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

...Stephen Marks, an opposition research specialist for more than 12 years, worked on some of the most competitive bare-knuckles elections in recent y...