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 ClintonGeorge Takei: US has hit a new low under Trump Democrats slam Puerto Rico governor over 'shameful' comments, back protesters Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE and Bernie SandersBernie SandersBullock: I would not have endorsed health care for undocumented immigrants on debate stage Harris faces pressure to define policy proposals Biden campaign rips 'Medicare for All,' calls on Dems to protect Affordable Care Act 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 BraleyOPINION | Tax reform, not Trump-McConnell feuds, will make 2018 a win for GOP Ten years later, House Dems reunite and look forward Trump: Ernst wanted 'more seasoning' before entertaining VP offer MORE last cycle. That video caught Braley disparaging Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyScandal in Puerto Rico threatens chance at statehood Poll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Democrat: Treasury 'acknowledged the unprecedented process' in Trump tax return rejection 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?