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One who makes malicious charges and otherwise attempts to discredit an opponent, as in a political campaign.

mud′sling′ing n.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) casting malicious slurs on an opponent, esp in politics
ˈmudˌslinger n


(ˈmʌdˌslɪŋ ɪŋ)

efforts to discredit one's opponent by malicious or scandalous attacks.
mud′sling`er, n.
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An attempt to destroy someone's reputation:


[ˈmʌdˌslɪŋɪŋ] Ninjurias fpl
there won't be any mudslinging in this campaignno habrá ataques personales en esta campaña
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Makati Mayor Abby Binay is urging her brother, Junjun, and his supporters to end their negative campaigning and instead present their track record and programs for the city and its residents.
Congress should pass stricter laws governing social media campaign of candidates, Vice President Leni Robredo said on Wednesday, to counter the negative campaigning in various social media platforms during elections.
Otso Diretso tells Hugpong bets: Telling the truth isn't negative campaigning !-- -- ( - February 19, 2019 - 4:19pm MANILA, Philippines Responding to claims by Duterte-allied Hugpong ng Pagbabagothat the opposition slate is engaging in negative campaigningOtso Diretso said that telling the truth was not negative campaigning.
He noted, however, that the same type of negative campaigning was reappearing in the Sungai Kandis poll, in which BN candidate Datuk Lokman Adam from Umno has been accused of playing on racial and religious sentiments.
In this article, I use the following definition of negative campaigning as "a speech, act or communication that contains one or more attacks that are personally, voluntarily and directly addressed toward political opponents" (Nai 2013, 46), excluding from this definition attacks on the adversary's platform or "issue-based attacks." In 2007, the political parties amended the Constitution and banned the use of negative advertisements as a measure to prevent "further harm to electoral participation," despite arguments that this measure might impair freedom of speech.
As the problems multiply, we have the two main candidates for president traipsing around the country in their private planes spending hundreds of millions of dollars in negative campaigning in some sort of race to the gutter.
Minister Kathleen Lynch told the PJ Coogan show on Cork's 96FM that negative campaigning was not an avenue the party should go down and that the draft ad was offensive.
There may be no more enigmatic concept in politics than negative campaigning. Virtually no one publicly supports it, almost every non-shoe-in political principal uses it, and almost no two people mean the same thing when they reference it.
SOME months ago I caused a commotion on these letters pages for highlighting the negative campaigning of the Colne Valley Labour Party.
Jamie asks "Will our candidates agree to sign a pledge to refrain from negative campaigning?" The simple answer is very unlikely.
LABOUR Councillors Lambert and Stockdale stated in the Journal (Jan 5) that they do not believe in negative campaigning - yet in the same letter launched into precisely that kind of negative tirade against Ukip.