Some backstory on America Rising PAC:
The PAC, 2 years old this month, is in the business of marking everything Democratic candidates do as the 2016 presidential election approaches, so Republicans don’t get outflanked by outside opposition research groups, as they did in 2012. “The Democrats were a lot more nimble at using outside groups,” Matt Rhoades, one of America Rising’s founders, told the Tribune-Review in the organization’s offices near a subway stop outside Washington. Rhoades 40, who managed Mitt Romney’s failed presidential campaign in 2012, pointed to American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic opposition research group that caught GOP candidates in awkward moments and matched rhetoric from their speeches against their voting records. “No one on our side got around to setting a up a group like that,” said Rhoades. With partners Joe Pounder and Tim Miller, he established America Rising in March 2013. Its money comes from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, American Crossroads, the American Action Network and other clients.