The Washington Post

Meet the fake candidate with a real understanding of campaigns

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)

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Video curated for you.
Next Story
Sebastian Payne · July 16, 2014

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.