The records include research materials accumulated and acquired by the Republican Opposition Research Group during the 1984
presidential election for use in the campaign against Democratic presidential candidates. The records consist of materials
such as clippings, press releases, other printed matter, speeches, debate transcripts, memoranda, and video tapes regarding
specific Democratic Party leaders such as Walter F. Mondale, John Glenn and Geraldine Ferraro, and specific political issues
and special interest groups.
The Opposition Research Group operated as part of the Communications Division within the Republican National Committee, chaired
by Michael Bayer. The group was formed "in 1984 with its own budget of $1.1 million, to create a master data bank of computerized
voter research and opposition research. Staff amassed information on eight Democratic presidential candidates based on data
from voting records, Congressional Record speeches, media clippings and transcripts, campaign materials, all of which was
stored on a computer for easy access. In this way the party was able to track inconsistencies of its opponents and attack
them. This original data base evolved into a network that linked information gleaned by Republicans in all 50 states, creating
a master data base accessible to high-ranking Republican staff, even aboard Air Force One when Ronald Reagan was president."
64 Manuscript Boxes, 2 cubic foot boxes
(27.5 linear feet)
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.
Collection is open for research.