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Meet the fake candidate with a real understanding of campaigns

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No, Gil Fulbright is not a real candidate for U.S. Senate. But he has some real insights about how campaigns work.

Just look at this faux-campaign video, which pretty cleverly juxtaposes the tone and staples of typical ads with the less-than-flattering-realities of running for office that aren't normally publicized.

"This campaign -- it's not about me. It's about crafting a version of me that will appeal to you. A version that visits random work sites with paid actors, pointing at things," Fulbright says in the ad.

Fulbright is a creation of, an organization that wants to overhaul campaign finance laws to curtail corruption in politics. Fulbright apparently plans to crash campaign events, run ads and do other things to attract attention to the group's cause in the very expensive Kentucky Senate race between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D).

Here's another video explaining the strategy:

(h/t Political Wire)