Political campaigns and private investigators

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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 11/04/2013 11:33 pm Published: 11/04/2013 10:21 pm

Monday we told you how Kathy Taylor admitted to paying an intern to track Mayor Dewey Bartlett. His family filed a police report and we started investigating.

FOX23 learned that even the smallest devices, ones we carry daily, could be used to do more than we expect. A simple key fob that unlocks your car could also be implanted with a camera---recording your every move. FOX23 digs into what devices like this are, and just how often they are used.

"I'm videoing you right now. It's also picking up our audio, and all I have to do is plug it into my computer and download it," Roy Jarvis said. He owns his own private investigator company.  

It's easy to track someone's every move, so easy, it "appears" my friend is simply holding his car keys, but it's actually videoing everything around him.

After hearing of the Tulsa mayoral scandal, we wanted answers, so we found a private investigator ourselves.
Roy Jarvis owns Jarvis Incorporated here in Tulsa. His company thrives on corporate investigations so he's never been asked to check out a politician, but he knows it happens.
"People want to win the elections. They spend a lot of money; put a lot of energy into it. Why not hire an investigator if you can get some dirt on somebody? If you can turn the public against them and win a vote," Jarvis told FOX23.

Since so much information is already public record, Jarvis tells us politicians hire private investigators mainly for surveillance.
"Trying to get a picture of someone doing something they shouldn't be doing…"
Or using those tiny cameras to record conversations that could hurt the challenger's chances of winning.

FOX23 learned one more fact: The candidates won't usually be the one to hire the investigator. A third party like an attorney or trusted friend would do the work for one main reason.
"They certainly wouldn't want that information out. That they're hiring private investigators. That in itself would sound "not good" to some voters."

Jarvis tells FOX23 most politicians look for dirt against their opponent, but not all use a private investigator. With social media and public records, some just do it on their own.

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Investigations - 11/11/2013 10:13 AM
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C.E.O., Kevin Faler, http://Investigations.LA I could not agree more..although very intelligent people run their platforms with great experience, it is the investigator who can put it over the top. Meaning, if you want to find out what there is to find out about the other side, well this is easily done! So then, yes it is a winner to hire an investigator.

CowBot9000 - 11/5/2013 10:11 AM
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Maybe Kathy Taylor should be working for the NSA instead of running for such an humble mayoral position. Honestly, I'd rather have her illegally listening to my phone calls than raising my taxes every year.
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