Vigilant CEO quoted on trends in opposition research

Our CEO Mike Phillips spoke with E & E News last week to give some context and background for a story on opposition research on candidates (and in this case, cabinet appointees).

Mike Phillips, a former research consultant and founder of Vigilant Web, a startup that builds public records research tools, said he was not surprised by the existence or length of the DCCC research book on Zinke.
“Research is becoming more and more comprehensive, and folks are digging deeper into the profiles and experience of candidates that are running for office and hoping to serve,” he said. “Part of that is being facilitated by the development of more expansive technologies and greater access to data on the internet as well as more powerful tools.”

You can read the whole story here.

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This blog is our place to share insights in the field of research and intelligence – tips, strategies, and resources that we hope will make you more successful in your work.

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Highlights of useful sources, and how to use them: We’ll feature and dive into public record sources that might fly under your radar, and talk about creative ways to use the information obtained.

Tips and tricks from experienced researchers: We’ll feature guest posts from the best in the business, sharing useful strategies and stories based on their experiences in research.

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