Opposition Research

We Power Progressive Victories Nationwide

The premier Democratic opposition research firm for progressive candidates & causes.

200+ campaigns and counting.

Nesbitt Research is a Democratic opposition research firm serving progressive causes and candidates. We are professional wonderers. We are cynics. We are curious. We question everything. We are knowledge professionals. We are a power source.

We power progressive campaigns and causes with the knowledge they need to change the world.

About Nesbitt Research

Since 2005, more than 200 campaigns and causes nationwide have sought out Allen Nesbitt and his opposition research team to mitigate risks and increase awareness in the information economy. Allen directs all aspects of research at the firm including research design, collection and writing.

Our work has been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Factcheck.org, the Tampa Bay Times and on many television news programs.

In 2012, Nesbitt Research was part of some history-making races across the country. Sean Patrick Maloney won a convincing victory over Tea Party incumbent Nan Hayworth in one of the most competitive Democratic pick ups of 2012. With his victory, Maloney will become the first openly gay member of Congress from New York. In an even closer race, Ami Bera beat career politician Dan Lungren by just 5,700 votes. The Bera-Lungren matchup has been one of the most closely watched in the nation, and outside groups have funneled $8.65 million into the race. Bera becomes just the third Indian-American to serve in Congress and certainly one of the most passionate progressives we have ever worked with!

In 2010, Allen and the Nesbitt Research team worked with America’s largest labor unions, state parties and candidates for progressive victories nationwide. Allen helped Virg Bernero win a tough primary for governor in Michigan and helped Kendrick Meek win a wild primary for U.S Senate in Florida. In 2007 and 2008, Allen worked with the DCCC, the DSCC and helped the Virginia Democratic Party win four seats in the House and take back control of the Senate for the first time since 1999. In 2006, Allen and his team provided more than 30 research dossiers for state parties including the Maryland Democratic Party, the Minnesota DFL and the Indiana Democratic Party. Allen has been a Democratic opposition researcher since 2001.

Opposition Research In Action

See opposition research in action in our Florida U.S. Senate win study. Nesbitt Research helped Kendrick Meek overcome a 5-to-1 financial disadvantage and beat Jeff Greene, one of the wealthiest Americans. Learn More.

“Impressive feat by Jason Kander to win #MO Sec.of State post. Unknown Dem in GOP state. Very disciplined campaign. #MOSOS”

Barb Shelly, The Kansas City Star

The Nesbitt Research Advantage

By combining the core methods of traditional opposition research with modern project management and secure online workspaces, Nesbitt Research brings an unmatched feature set to political investigations.

  • Unmatched Service

    Great Service is Standard

    Our world-class service is included with every engagement. Our fast workflow and modern case management mean you have the highest possible level of principal engagement.

  • Thematic Analysis

    Thorough Analysis And Thematics

    We bring thematic analysis to every engagement so you can understand strengths, weaknesses and traction points. Our modern workflow means we cover more ground in less time and deliver a more comprehensive investigation on budget.

  • Fast

    Work Faster And Harder

    Modern project management techniques mean we can cover traditional opposition research methodologies and new social sources quickly.

  • Clear

    Understand Your Research

    We write clear and straightforward prose in AP style for consistent copy. Nesbitt Research products offer powerful guidance that will quickly drive winning campaigns.

  • Reliable

    On Time, On Budget, Every Time

    Our secure modern workflow and collaboration environment mean we deliver superior research at lower cost, on time, every time.

  • Accurate

    Fast, Accurate Fact Checking Included

    We not only include fact checking with all our research engagements, we insist upon it. Every communication goes through rigorous vetting to ensure a consistently powerful and accurate message.

  • Secure Online Research File

    Share And Collaborate in Our Secure Online Workspaces

    Access your research anywhere on any platform. We offer a secure cloud workspace with full admin controls. Add team members, share files, and full-text search your research crazy fast. Demo it here.

  • Modern Case Management

    Direct Our Team Online

    Modern case management means nothing falls through the cracks. We offer a secure online project management system where every issue is itemized and tracked. Track our progress and manage tasks, securely, online.

  • Linked Cites

    Every Cite Connected

    Imagine one click access to every original document mentioned in our research. We connect every cite in our reports to the original source document, without exception and without regard to whether the original was online or off. Demo it here.