GOP group enlists public with opposition research app

GOP group enlists public with opposition research app

A Republican super-PAC wants the public to use a new iPhone app to help it with opposition research.

The “Grill” app, released Wednesday from America Rising, recommends two or three difficult questions for users to ask Democratic candidates in their area. Video recorded through the app is uploaded to the group’s database. 


“The questions are written by America Rising researchers and based on current events and local news in your area and are written in a way that’s as inconvenient as possible for the Democrat in question,” the super-PAC said in a statement.

The app requires a user's phone location information to find events and candidates in their area. As a default, it has a list of questions for Democratic presidential candidates Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future MORE and Bernie SandersBernie SandersRestless progressives eye 2024 Key senators to watch on Democrats' social spending bill Five ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan MORE

America Rising is hoping to solicit the public in its tracking activities. The group said it currently has questions for about two dozen candidates up and down the ballot in the app. 

Opposition research groups like America Rising usually hire individuals to meticulously follow and record opposing candidates’ every word, in the hope of uncovering inconsistencies or flubs.  

America Rising in years past has dug up unflattering video of Democrats, including former Iowa Senate candidate Bruce BraleyBruce Lowell BraleyFormer lawmakers sign brief countering Trump's claims of executive privilege in Jan. 6 investigation The Memo: Trump attacks on Harris risk backfiring 2020 caucuses pose biggest challenge yet for Iowa's top pollster MORE last cycle. That video caught Braley disparaging Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks Iowa Democrat drops bid to challenge Grassley after death of nephew Bipartisan senators press FBI, inspector general for changes following Nassar case MORE (R-Iowa), now the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, as a “farmer from Iowa who never went to law school.”

Questions for Clinton include: 

- Why did your husband’s speaking fees to foreign countries and companies more than triple after you were appointed Secretary of State?

- Will you drop out of the Presidential race if you are indicted over the use of your private email server?

- Would you support Bernie Sanders if he wins the Democratic nomination?

Questions for Sanders include: 

- How would you pay for a universal university system?

- Do you regret calling Daniel Ortega an “impressive” guy?