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Opposition Research Handbook

Specialized Research Associates has released the fourth edition of The Opposition Research Handbook. The author Larry Zilliox is a Virginia private investigator with over 20 years' experience conducting opposition research.

This one-of-a-kind book takes the researcher through compiling information about political candidates, both the opponent and your own. It offers more than 150 pages of techniques and resources, checklists for gathering information, and security considerations. The fourth edition provides links to over 300 of the latest investigative and political Internet resources.

For Kindle users the book is now available on Amazon. Click here to get your copy The Opposition Research Handbook

The Opposition Research Training Blog provides researchers with current information regarding the latest news, resources and research tips.

Specialized Research Associates offers one day on-site "Boot Camp" training to enhance in-house research capabilities. Properly trained campaign staff increases productivity while limiting liability and exposure to negative media attention. Properly trained opposition researchers become valuable party or organizational assets. They can contribute for many years. The training curriculum includes:

  • Developing a Research Plan
  • Search Strategies
  • Internet Research
  • Social Media Research
  • Researching Companies
  • Researching Nonprofits
  • Public Records
  • FOIA Requests
  • Analyzing Disclosure Forms
  • Researching Donors
  • Super PACs
  • Trackers

Our one day training modules are perfect for campaign staff, media, and issue-oriented grassroots organizations. Please e-mail us for availability and travel requirements. Download our Boot Camp brochure for more information.

Mr. Zilliox is the owner of Specialized Research Associates a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business located in Bristow, Virginia. He has written for PI Magazine and is a former board member of the Professional Investigators and Security Association and the Virginia Professional Investigators PAC.

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