Louisiana GOP executive director: I used Ashley Madison for “opposition research”

So thaaaaats what they call it these days.

When the New Orleans Times Picayune asked Jason Doré, the executive director of the Louisiana Republican Party, why his name and email address appeared recent leak of Ashley Madison’s user data, he told the paper that he had created an account for “opposition research.”

From TalkingPointsMemo:

“As the state’s leading opposition research firm, our law office routinely searches public records, online databases and websites of all types to provide clients with comprehensive reports,” Doré told the newspaper via text message. “Our utilization of this site was for standard opposition research. Unfortunately, it ended up being a waste of money and time.”

The newspaper reported his account started in 2013 and spent $175.98.

Right, sure. It was all for research, and while you totally wish you had found some Democratic lawwomen on the site so you could totally expose them for being the loose whores that they are, at the end of the day it wasn’t worth the investment.

Jason Dore

Jason Doré

This is assuming, of course, that Doré’s account was for a man seeking a woman, which given the track record of anti-gay Republican officials and extramarital affairs, may not be a safe assumption. But for the sake of argument, let’s make that assumption and then consider how ridiculous his claim is.

Say you’re a Republican operative and you want to catch a Democratic (presumably female) candidate looking to have an affair. You first have to consider that practically no women actually use the site. According to this Reddit AMA with a former Ashley Madison employee, about half of the female accounts on the site aren’t real people. So take the reported six to one ratio of men to women on the site and double it. Then, consider the fact that, as Ashley Madison is based in Canada, a disproportionate chunk of their accounts are Canadian — nearly 200,000 in Ottawa alone.

And then there’s the fact that the site lets users select usernames so as to retain some level of anonymity before meeting people. Which means that in order to confirm the identity of a would-be philanderer, you’d have to not only see a profile picture for someone who looked like a person you wanted to smear, and then get them to tell you who they were — lowering your odds even further.

This being the case, you’d be more likely to catch a female Democratic candidate in Louisiana trawling for an affair if you walked up to each one and handed them your business card with a message written on the back saying “Call me.” There’s simply no reason to believe that Doré’ was using the account for anything other than what the majority of Ashley Madison users were using their accounts for: sending pictures of their junk to bot accounts.

Once again, while most of the data from the Ashley Madison hack should not be publicized, Doré’s use of the account in private while condemning infidelity in public makes his use of the site fair game. Especially when he’s come up with such a ridiculous explanation.

Doré’s account gives a whole new meaning to the term “Family Research Council.” Speaking of which, RawStory reported today that Josh Duggar used the email address from his Ashley Madison account to operate a Facebook page under a fake name in order to contact strippers and lingerie models. Because of course he was.

As the Daily Beast’s Jay Michaelson wrote earlier today, railing against porn/masturbation, gays and all other forms of sex that aren’t a husband and wife doing it missionary-style once a year is the ultimate act of projection: “If you’re wrestling with a particular demon, it’s easy to see that wrestling as the most important thing in the world.  Philandering family-values types are out there screaming because ultimately, they’re screaming at themselves.”

And taking highly variable degrees of ownership when caught.


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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