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Once a dark art, opposition research comes out of the shadows for 2016 campaigns

Once a dark art, opposition research comes out of the shadows for 2016 campaigns

Joe Biden was not the only one who found himself in crisis when a videotape emerged during the 1988 presidential primary exposing him as a plagiarist.

The political operatives who had secretly distributed footage of Sen. Biden passing off the words of a British politician as his own also had a big problem on their hands.

Their disclosure nearly derailed the candidacy of the rival the operatives worked for, Michael S. Dukakis. He fired them and issued a major mea culpa.

Don’t expect any such apologies in this year’s presidential race.

Political opposition research, once a mostly unmentioned dark art, has turned into a garish, multimillion-dollar...

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