SOUTH BEND — Allan Blutstein, senior vice president with the conservative political action committee America Rising, wanted Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s daily calendar since the beginning of the year.

Eilish O’Sullivan, a University of Texas student journalist, asked for information related to Buttigieg’s Twitter account.

London-based Fox News reporter Lukas Mikelionis requested any Buttigieg emails since 2012 that contained the keywords, “Trump, immigration, Pence, socialism, black lives matter, racism, black people, church, Catholic and LBGTQ (sic).”

They were three of the people — a mix of journalists, political operatives and advocacy groups — who in recent weeks filed public records requests with the city regarding Buttigieg’s tenure as mayor as he seeks the Democratic nomination for president.

Along with his rapid rise in the polls, and likely because of it, the information-gathering is another sign people are taking Buttigieg’s campaign seriously, said Brett Di Resta, a Washington-based Democratic strategist.

“Research isn’t cheap and it’s not easy,” said Di Resta, president and CEO of The Maccabee Group. “You don’t do that if you don’t believe someone is a real contender.”

Di Resta, who teaches a course on opposition research at George Washington University, said “oppo research” isn’t new but has become more “institutionalized.”

“This is standard operating procedure now when either the mayor or a city commissioner decides to run for office,” he said. “It’s pretty standard to see these Freedom of Information Act requests going out.”

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