CBS 4 – Indianapolis: Political paparazzi: A rare look inside Indiana’s world of political trackers

No matter how you interpret the video obtained by CBS4, the confrontation shows the high-stakes and oftentimes unseen world of political tracking. And the stakes couldn’t be higher in Indiana’s race for U.S. Senate.

“So a tracker is usually someone just starting out in politics,” Alexandra Smith said, executive director of America Rising, a political action committee based in Washington that calls itself the premier opposition research firm for the Republican Party.  “Someone’s who’s looking to cut their teeth on the campaign trail, to catch Democrats in these exciting moments where they could be used in a campaign ad or be used in the news.”

This midterm election cycle, America Rising said it has 25 full-time trackers on the ground nationwide, including a tracker dedicated to following Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly.

The organization’s tracker was there when Donnelly launched his re-election bid and has followed him to public events ever since, by their own account traveling thousands of miles and showing up at more than 200 events in Indiana alone.

Braun is also followed by a Washington-based political action committee. American Bridge is compiling hours of video as well – everything from fish frys in northern Indiana to outside private fundraisers in Washington.

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