Here's an idea for combating any attempt to influence voters from Putin and his trolls.
At the FIRST suspicion and/or indication of a Russian attack or hack in a political campaign,
IMMEDIATELY ACCUSE RUSSIAN TROLLS PUBLICLY ON ALL MEDIA AND STATE THAT THE INFORMATION IS SIMPLY FALSE, FAKE NEWS.
It s critical that our denouncement of Russian interference is publicized immediately in all social and other media - do not wait for evidence. This is not about truth or facts, Putin will be trying to stir up emotion. The goal is for the public to remember the denunciation of Russia instead of any fake news.
Most likely content will be
1. Our candidates' past statement taken out of context and provided a malicious interpretation
2. False claim that our candidate supports some abhorrent idea
3. Claims that some group hates and despises our candidate.
4. Claims that our candidate hates some group.
This is not an exhaustive list - be openly looking for any ads, news stories or social media content with any similar theme. Anything that pushes hatred or fear of any person or group is likely a Russian fabrication.
Every candidate in any swing election will need at least one full time staffer devoted to Russian meddling.