CNN has a report that exposes
apparent sharing of campaign polling information between outside groups and candidate campaigns by means of coded posts on Twitter.
A typical tweet read: "CA-40/43-44/49-44/44-50/36-44/49-10/16/14-52—>49/476-10s." The source said posts like that — which would look like gibberish to most people — represented polling data for various House races.
Posting the information on Twitter, which is technically public, could provide a convenient loophole to the law — or could run afoul of it.
After CNN made inquiries, the accounts came down. The report doesn't reveal all the campaigns on which information was posted, but independent groups with access to the accounts included several, such as American Crossroads
and the National Republican Congressional Committee,
which were active in Arkansas
Coordination between campaigns and independent money
? Duh. At the state level it's so rampant that the Republican candidate for attorney general, ultimate winner Leslie Rutledge
, actually starred in the video produced by an outside group that then spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to help her.
The independent groups have flourished in the wake of Citizens United, the corporate personhood Supreme Court ruling.