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http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-clinton-digital-trolling-20160506-snap-htmlstory.html


When the Internet’s legions of Hillary hecklers steal away to chat rooms and Facebook pages to vent grievances about Clinton, express revulsion toward Clinton and launch attacks on Clinton, they now may find themselves in a surprising place – confronted by a multimillion dollar super PAC working with Clinton.

Hillary Clinton's well-heeled backers have opened a new frontier in digital campaigning, one that seems to have been inspired by some of the Internet's worst instincts. Correct the Record, a super PAC coordinating with Clinton's campaign, is spending some $1 million to find and confront social media users who post unflattering messages about the Democratic front-runner.

In effect, the effort aims to spend a large sum of money to increase the amount of trolling that already exists online.

The plan comes as Clinton operatives grapple with the reality that her supporters just aren’t as engaged and aggressive online as are her detractors inside and outside the Democratic Party.

The lack of engagement is one of Clinton’s bigger tactical vulnerabilities, particularly when compared with rivals like Donald Trump, whose viral social media attacks are legion, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is backed by a passionate army of media-savvy millennials.

Some experts on digital campaigns think the idea of launching a paid army of “former reporters, bloggers, public affairs specialists, designers” and others to produce online counterattacks is unlikely to prove successful. Others, however, say Clinton has little choice but to try, given the ubiquity of online assaults and the difficulty of squelching even provably untrue narratives once they have taken hold.

At the same time, however, using a super PAC to create a counterweight to movements that have sprung up organically is another reflection of the campaign’s awkwardness with engaging online, digital pros said.

“It is meant to appear to be coming organically from people and their social media networks in a groundswell of activism, when in fact it is highly paid and highly tactical,” said Brian Donahue, chief executive of the consulting firm Craft Media/Digital.

“That is what the Clinton campaign has always been about," he said. "It runs the risk of being exactly what their opponents accuse them of being: a campaign that appears to be populist but is a smokescreen that is paid and brought to you by lifetime political operatives and high-level consultants.”

The task force designed to stop the spread of online misinformation and misogyny is the brainchild of David Brock, a Clinton confidant who once made a career of spreading such misinformation and misogynistic attacks against her and Bill Clinton. His critics say he kept his taste for dirty tricks when he switched sides to become one of the Clintons’ most valued operatives.

The mere mention of Correct the Record makes some critics seethe. Super PACs are typically prohibited from working in tandem with candidates, but Correct the Record is doing just that by exploiting a loophole in campaign finance law that it says permits such coordination with digital campaigns.

“Clinton, herself, is saying we need campaign finance reform,” said Paul Ryan, deputy executive director of the Campaign Legal Center, an advocacy group. “Yet her lawyers are pushing the boundaries to get around campaign finance laws.”

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http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-clinton-digital-trolling-20160506-snap-htmlstory.html

Shillary is so bad that she has to HIRE trolls just to get support.
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Hilary is a hag
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I don't like Trump, but I'd rather have him over Hillary.
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So she is doing an "Obama", you know like the Iran Deal. All that misinformation to convince the public what a great deal it would be. How typical.
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You know for having a job that more or less equates to being a professional liar, Hillary sure is pretty bad at it.
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i think any sane democrat would choose anyone over her. except for her investors.


D4nc3Style wrote:I don't like Trump, but I'd rather have him over Hillary.

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Fuck Hillary, fuck Trump, although if it comes between her and Trump she might have my vote. And I don't listen to fucking adds.
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There's a lot of irony in openly paying trolls in an attempt to make yourself look better. And this woman wonders why so many people hate her.
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It really has come to this for the election huh? Then again, we knew Hilary would do anything to win. Even with possible criminal charges for the email scandal she decides to run a campaign and oddly enough the "establishment" is behind her.

We should organize a campaign to pencil in someone that isn't running anymore on the ballots, I'm not really fond of our choices this election, and I'm sure as hell not going to like how the campaigning is going to be, between two career liars.
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All major campaigns do this. It shouldn't surprise anyone. It was reported on in previous elections also. This is what happens when you dump unlimited amounts of money into the election system, and don't establish any rules. Of course the Clinton campaign is going to use every tool available.

Let's not forget that it was conservatives who pushed hardest for Citizens United, which opened the door for super PACs and the rush of unlimited money into elections. In fact in the supreme court case Citizens United v. FEC, the justices ruled in favor of Citizens United along party lines (5-4), with all conservative justices supporting it and all liberals dissenting.

This isn't a Republican V Democrat problem though. This is about money and corruption in politics, and it will only get worse until we reform election rules, properly this time.
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Putin has a troll factory, too.
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Hillary is going to be a great president. To me, it became clear when I read this article from Vox in January: http://www.vox.com/2016/1/28/10858464/hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders-political-realism

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