Local elections used to be a low-key affair in Blue Hill, Maine. So residents of the small town were shocked, in 2010, when a candidate for the Maine State Senate was targeted by a flood of negative ads.
The ads claimed he had canceled the town Fourth of July fireworks show and nobody in town knew who was paying for them.
We trace the money back to a Republican strategist named Chris Jankowski who hatched a brilliant scheme to reshape national politics for a bargain. The strategy was called the Redistricting Majority Project, or "REDMAP."
Today on the show: how Jankowski took a new approach to political campaign spending that reshaped campaigns across the country and helped earn Republicans advantages for years, maybe even decades to come including the midterms this fall.
For more on REDMAP, check out Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count by David Daley.
Music: "Waiting For You" and "Cadillac Attack."
Find us: Twitter/ Facebook / Instagram
Subscribe to our show on Apple Podcasts, PocketCasts and NPR One.