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Political Opposition Research Training


Opposition Research Training

Investigative Research Specialists, LLC announces the first one-day opposition research "Boot Camp" training seminar for 2015. The next class has been scheduled for Friday April 24, 2015 at the Hyatt Place in Herndon, Virginia.

This one-of-a-kind "Boot Camp" training course featured on NPR's All Things Considered is perfect for campaign staff, media, private investigators, and citizen researchers seeking to learn the latest political opposition research techniques. Our course goes beyond theory and teaches you the latest techniques and resources. Training is in three-hour morning and afternoon blocks for up to 30 participants. The course instructor is a private investigator with over 25 years' experience and the author of The Opposition Research Handbook: A Guide to Political Investigations. Download our Boot Camp brochure to learn more.

Properly-trained campaign staff increases productivity while limiting liability and exposure to negative media attention. Experienced opposition researchers become valuable party or organizational assets. They can contribute in many future elections. We have kept costs down enabling us to offer the full day training for only $249.

The training curriculum includes:

  • Developing a Research Plan
  • Collaborative Research
  • Search Strategies
  • Internet Research
  • Web Page Analysis
  • Social Media Research
  • Researching Companies
  • Researching Nonprofits
  • Public Records
  • FOIA Requests
  • What's at the Courthouse
  • Analyzing Disclosure Forms
  • Researching Donors
  • Super PACs
  • Trackers

Space is limited. You can register immediately by paying with a credit card below.


Investigative Research Specialists, LLC has released the fourth edition of The Opposition Research Handbook. The author Larry Zilliox, is a Virginia private investigator with more than 25 years' experience.

This one-of-a-kind book takes the researcher through the process of 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 more than 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.

Mr. Zilliox is the president of Investigative Research Specialists, LLC a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business located in Bristow, Virginia. He has written for PI Magazine and The Richmond Times-Dispatch. He is a former board member of the Professional Investigators and Security Association and a current board member of the Virginia Professional Investigators PAC and Serve Our Willing Warriors.

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