During the 2010 GOP primary battle for U.S. Senate, which pit two conservative Kansas congressmen with similar voting records against each other, it seemed a safe bet that political consultants were as responsible for the mudslinging as the candidates themselves. The loser in that contest, former 4th Congressional District Rep. Todd Tiahrt, now says that consultants “warp” elections. “Their advice is based on polling data … and fear. The results drag elections to the lowest common denominator and yield timid elected officials afraid of helping their constituents,” Tiahrt told the Kansas City Star, in an article on the more than 3,000 consulting firms across the country that make up the billion-dollar “political industrial complex.”
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