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  •  How is oppo not done by third parties? (0+ / 0-)

    Honestly, I never even heard of the term "oppo" until this diary.

    And from wikipedia:

    Opposition research (often referred to as oppo) is:
    The term used to classify and describe efforts of supporters or paid consultants of a political candidate to legally investigate the biographical, legal or criminal, medical, educational, financial, public and private administrative and or voting records of the opposing candidate, as well as prior media coverage. The research is usually conducted in the time period between announcement of intent to run and the actual election; however political parties maintain long-term databases that can cover several decades. The practice is both a tactical maneuver and a cost-saving measure.[1]
    So even if they are affiliated with the campaign, it's contracted to paid consultants.  Perhaps we have different ideas of what it means to be "third-party", but in my eyes paid consultants is third-party, since they don't work exclusively for the campaign.

    And what difference does it make, honestly.  I don't care if some people call it "bozo" files, let's just get the damn things more attention.

    Sure, the files were uncovered back in January and it got some buzz, but they must have fell pretty under the radar for it to make such a splash at reddit and here once again.

    "Give me a lever long enough... and I shall move the world." - Archimedes

    by mconvente on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 07:38:39 AM PDT

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