LA Times: Once a dark art, opposition research comes out of the shadows for 2016 campaigns

“‘Our focus is driving negative news narratives against [Hillary Rodham] Clinton,’ said Colin Reed, executive director of America Rising PAC, a formidable Republican operation with scores of staffers scouring campaign events, public filings, social media and any other resource they can find for nuggets that might harm the Democratic candidate.

This self-styled “new generation of Republican research and rapid response” is split into two organizations. The PAC distributes material generated by a much bigger private company staffed with researchers. The higher the profile the PAC creates, the more clients the business side reels in.”

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