'Hitman' Shares Secrets of Negative Campaigning

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The damaging information in negative political ads is often dredged up by a campaign team called the "opposition research department." Stephen Marks, who spent more than a decade in those departments, has written a tell-all book, Confessions of a Political Hitman.

Marks talks to Andrea Seabrook about what exactly a political hitman does.



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