Jimmy Carter's Grandson Helped Dig Up the Dirt on Romney Fundraiser and Other Fun Facts

Everyone's talking about that secretly-recorded Romney campaign video that has him on record saying all sorts of crazy things about moochers, freeloaders, Obama voters, Latinos and Palestinians (groups he has no interest in helping!). But how did the video from an event just for big donors get released in the first place?

New York Magazine has a tidbit that reveals a Carter scion, James Carter IV, spends his free time working as a pro-bono opposition researcher, trying to dig up damning video of Republicans. Well, with this one he hit the jackpot, and through searching around on YouTube and Twitter he was able to connect the tape's source with the media--specifically Mother Jones' David Corn. The rest is today's news.

James Carter IV, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, who has been toiling online as an opposition researcher and is "currently looking for work," according to his Twitter bio. "I've been searching for clips on Republicans for a long time, almost every day," said Carter this evening. "I just do it for fun." But by connecting Corn with the mysterious uploader of the clip, Carter has uncovered his biggest story yet, one that could potentially affect the outcome of the election. (And get him a job.)

Other interesting cultural reactions to the Romney video include a new NSFW meme about how screwed Mitt's campaign appears, and a humorous return to "special comment" form from Keith Olbermann, embedded below:


AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at September 18, 2012, 7:58am

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