In what may be one of the few technical terms including a version of the word "fuck", Ratfucking was, like "[Expletive Deleted]" introduced to the American Lexicon by the Nixon Administration via the Watergate break in and the various investigations into the subsequent cover up.
Ratfucking originated at the University of Southern California but didn't get a chance to reach the national stage until Nixon was thinking about keeping his job. That's when the Committee to Re-elect the President (CRP or CReEP depending on whose side you're on) put it to work on a national stage.
It was and is characterized by infiltrating opposition groups and/or misrepresenting them via false flag activities in order to undermine the effectiveness of the opposition. As a Mainer, especially one who goes to a university that includes the Muskie School of Public Service, one might expect me to go on a long thing here about how ratfucking was used against Senator Edmund Muskie , but I'm actually more interested in its present use in Maine.
I don't know if any infiltration has been going on, but the whole false flag is a lot easier with superpacs. Yesterday I got a mailer in support of Dill and against King targeting progressives trying to get them to vote for Dill. Who sent it? A Conservative superpac. They're trying to split the vote in order to get LaPagalike to be a Senator, just as the vote was split to get actual LaPage to be governor in 2010.
So, by pretending to be progressives supporting Dill, Conservatives supporting LaPagalike are trying to strip votes away from the only opposition candidate who stands a chance of defeating LaPagalike.
Edmund Muskie has been dead for 16 years, but ratfucking is still being used against Maine politicians.