Erik Prince Featured in Conservative Spy Campaign Against Democrats, Moderate Republicans - 2021-06-25

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F0.png Erik Prince Featured in Conservative Spy Campaign Against Democrats, Moderate Republicans June 25, 2021, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

During the 2012 presidential campaign, when this shebeen was young and the bar was gleaming and new, it dawned on me that, in a number of very important ways, no candidate—and no formal political party—truly controls an entire political campaign anymore. There are too many independent actors with too many independent agendas and waaaayyyyy too much independent money for any candidate or political party to keep track of, let alone control.

This situation has only intensified, especially on the Republican side, which is a big part of how the previous administration* caught so many people flatfooted. And one of the most basic elements of this new era of campaigning is that even the ratfcking is outsourced. I mean, back in the day, Donald Segretti worked for, and was paid by, the committee to re-elect Richard Nixon. Now, though, campaigns can roll on secure in the knowledge that, somewhere, somehow, some way, the rat has been fcked on their behalf. From the New York Times:

In fact, much about them was a lie. Mr. Maier and Ms. LaRocca were part of an undercover operation by conservatives to infiltrate progressive groups, political campaigns and the offices of Democratic as well as moderate Republican elected officials during the 2020 election cycle, according to interviews and documents. Using large campaign donations and cover stories, the operatives aimed to gather dirt that could sabotage the reputations of people and organizations considered threats to a hard-right agenda advanced by President Donald J. Trump.

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | first = Charles P. | last = Pierce | title = Erik Prince Featured in Conservative Spy Campaign Against Democrats, Moderate Republicans | url = https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a36841709/erik-prince-spies-democratic-campaigns/ | work = Esquire | date = June 25, 2021 | accessdate = July 1, 2021 }}