Dirty Politics, Brass-Knuckles Elections:
'Confessions of a Political Hitman'

Another of his clients was Don Goldwater, the nephew of Republican legend Barry Goldwater, who wanted to run for governor of Arizona. Marks uncovered that Goldwater held some incendiary beliefs, including that all illegal immigrants are criminals who should be forced into labor camps.

In an ironic twist tailor made for an opponent's campaign ads, Goldwater's father had been busted for repeatedly hiring illegal aliens and allegedly forcing them to live in unlivable conditions. Goldwater ended up stiffing Marks until the researcher threatened to leak the damaging info to the press -- he was paid the next day. Goldwater did not return calls for comment.

Marks became disillusioned by the GOP during the impeachment debacle in which he blames Republicans for dropping the ball due to their own indiscretions and ethical quandaries.

Among the Republicans he blames: current presidential candidate Fred Thompson. David Schippers, the counsel for the House Judiciary Committee during the Clinton impeachment saga, believed the most egregious alleged offenses by Clinton had nothing to do with Monica Lewinsky but rather the illegal Chinese campaign contributions allegedly made in exchange for military secrets.

But when Schippers reached out for more information from then-Sen. Thompson, who was heading the Senate investigation into the matter, he was told, "Stop, it's over."

"Thompson flunked the test," writes Marks. "From the beginning, he went straight into the tank." Marks blames Thompson for arguing that the Independent Counsel statute should not be allowed to exist and for claiming the investigation should be headed by Clinton appointee Janet Reno.

A spokesman for the Thompson campaign responded, "Just like he did during his work in the Watergate hearings, Sen. Thompson believes the role of the hearings was to determine the truth regardless of political party. However, the senate committee was given neither the tools nor the time to be successful in the investigation."

In the current presidential campaign, Marks says that none of the negative ads seem to have worked.

"Both Obama and Huckabee won in Iowa, despite negative ads against them," he says. "So far in New Hampshire, McCain won purely positive. But it's early in the campaign. I can assure you that there will be plenty of negative stuff still to come."

He insists that negative campaigning and opposition research are a "necessary evil which will be needed if the electorate is to cast educated and intelligent votes." And that any candidate who doesn't research himself and his opponent is a fool who deserves to lose, he says.

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