The Republican PAC That's Filming Every Single Thing That Key Democratic Candidates Do or Say - 2014-01-14
It's Miller's job to obsess about those details. He runs America Rising PAC, the Republican-aligned opposition research factory launched 10 months ago by Mitt Romney's defeated campaign manager Matt Rhoades. After the election, the Republican National Committee researched and released an autopsy of the loss. The party needed, according to the RNC, was a group that did "nothing but post inappropriate Democrat utterances and act as a clearinghouse for information on Democrats." Miller left the RNC to join the clearinghouse; As of last week, between the PAC and the LLC run by fellow oppo vet Joe Pounder, America Rising employed 47 more people, full or part-time.
America Rising found office space in the right-to-work concrete paradise of northern Virginia, one metro stop outside of Washington, D.C. Visitors walk into a minimalist space, with no receptionist, past a coffee table that stacks old magazines with conservative cover stars. Every few feet there's a portrait of a Republican icon like Teddy Roosevelt or a ha-ha-remember-that joke at a Democrats' expense. The centerpiece is a blown-up photo of John Kerry taking a bodysuited windsurfing break during the 2004 campaign. They bought it on eBay.
That's about it. The office is quiet, no TVs blaring cable news, most TVs relegated to a "war room" away from the researchers' desks. Many of its employees spend their days "tracking" Democratic candidates, particular Senate candidates in key states. These trackers attempt to shoot video of every single public utterance the candidates' make, in hopes of catching gaffes and flip-flops and collecting an archive that can be mined for hypocrisy and errors.