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 ClintonCornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Groups seek to get Black vote out for Democrats in Georgia runoffs Biden's political position is tougher than Trump's MORE and Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden announces all-female White House communications team The 'diploma divide' in American politics Bernie Sanders should opt for a government-created vaccine from China or Russia 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 BraleyThe Memo: Trump attacks on Harris risk backfiring 2020 caucuses pose biggest challenge yet for Iowa's top pollster OPINION | Tax reform, not Trump-McConnell feuds, will make 2018 a win for GOP MORE last cycle. That video caught Braley disparaging Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyColorado governor, spouse test positive for COVID-19 McConnell halts in-person Republican lunches amid COVID-19 surge Rep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19 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?