Campaign Dirty Tricks Watchdogs Crowdsource Mid-Terms : It's All Politics Two watchdog groups have crowdsourcing web tools to gather reports on campaign dirty tricks. The Center for Public Integrity and the Sunlight Foundation want citizens to report deceitful robocallls and other practices to their web sites.
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Campaign Dirty Tricks Watchdogs Crowdsource Mid-Terms

If you see examples of campaign dirty tricks like robo calls that tell you Election Day has been moved to late December this year and the like, the folks at the Center for Public Integrity want to know about it.

They've just placed some tools on their website to police the mid-term election campaign and on Election Day through crowdsourcing.

But it's not just dirty tricks; they're also trying to better track the money flood flowing into campaigns as a result of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

Here's how they explain it:

The Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizens United case opened the floodgates for corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts of money trying to influence the midterm congressional elections in November. Campaign reporters Josh Israel, Aaron Mehta, and Peter Stone, with the help of the Sunlight Foundation's Campaign Ad Monitor, are mobilizing the Center’s supporters to detect in real time examples of political dirty tricks, corporate ads, persuasive "push" polls, pre-recorded phone messages — "robo calls," and efforts to discourage voters from showing up at the polls.

It's a great idea. Makes me wish I had thought of it. Here are: the link to report political ads paid for by corporations or unions; the link to provide info on suspicious direct mail and robocalls, and the link to report a suspicious survey or voter intimidation.