Media Trackers, a conservative non-profit media and government watchdog, uncovered Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee opposition research notebooks late last week. The organization says the files were found via Google searches. Put another way, the DCCC left the files exposed on whatever server they were hosting them on.
They’re interesting to read to see how our political parties conduct opposition research on one another.
The twelve unpublished manuals range in size from a few dozen pages to hundreds of pages, depending on the personal, business and civic record of the Republican target. Incumbent members of Congress, like Florida’s Allen West and California’s Dan Lungren, have long files, whereas the individual Republican candidates in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District share a single book…
…The information found in the documents appears to be routine material one would expect to see. Biographical details, copies of land plots, voter registration records, tax information, business records, and press clippings and for incumbents voting records make up the bulk of the information. It is anticipated that individual Democratic campaigns and the DCCC itself will leverage the information into usable political fodder based on the dynamics of a particular race. Reading the books one can obtain a general outline of where Democrats are most likely to attack the Republican subject of the manual.
Image: Partial screenshot of the table of contents for Representative Allen West of Florida. The PDF for his file is here. Others are available here.