The Economist Films series dives in to “OPPO” research firms.
The Economist on Opposition Research
The Best of Opposition Research in the 2018 Elections
The November 2018 elections were eventful, to say the least. Some of the most interesting turns in races throughout the country were powered by public records and the researchers who love them. From campaign finance and lobbying records, to Foreign Agent Registrations and even the avoidance of public disclosures, here's a look at some of oppo research's best wins, hits, misses, losses, and dropouts in 2018.
At the Intersection of Political Opposition Research and Machine Learning
Machine learning and political opposition research collide for epic results, such as the Obama 2012 reelection campaign. But does it always live up to the hype?
When They Used to Vote
A history of voter suppression and voter turnout heading into a crucial midterm election for Democrats.
How Scam PACs Dupe Donors and Profit from Politics
Learn how to spot a scam PAC before giving away your money.
Reading for the President
Former Obama White House intern provides an inside look into the Office of Presidential Correspondence.
Women of Color Take Center Stage in the 2018 Blue Wave
A closer look at the record number of women of color running for office amidst the 2018 Blue Wave.
Inside the Tennessee Governor's Race
In an upset victory, Republican Bill Lee is set to face off against Democrat Karl Dean in the 2018 Tennessee gubernatorial election.
Looking Ahead at the 2019 Dallas Mayoral Race
16 people are rumored to be considering a run for mayor of Dallas in 2019. We take a closer look at the merits and scandals of these possible contenders.
What is Opposition Research
What is it not? What do political professionals mean when they talk about opposition research? We look at these questions and the contemporary meaning of the discipline.
A Deep Dive into Virginia 2019
After Democrats narrowed the partisan gap in the Virginia House to 51-49 in 2017, they hope turn it blue in 2019.