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What’s the Difference Between a Smith and a Doorknob? Not Much.

When you visit the webpage of We Need Smith, the public relations operation masquerading as a movement, you’ll see a list of questions. The answers to these questions are supposed to tell you whether you ought to support the as-yet unnamed congressional and presidential candidates they’ll be propping up with mystery money in 2016. Here [...]

My Secret Shameful Pleasure

I admit it: I get a thrill out of sabotaging market research surveys. Something about lying to them gives me an adrenaline rush. [...]

The Lone Wolf Campaign Predators of 2010

The election season of 2010 has seen an explosion of independent expenditures for and against congressional candidates, and the donors to the groups that mount these independent expenditures are largely invisible thanks to recent campaign finance deregulation. Tracking and comparing donors between groups is the easiest way to uncover patterns of coordination and possible corruption [...]