Re: Laugh at Abbot all you want
has obtained compromising materials on politicians -- material subsequently used to "influence" voting in Congress.
NSA? Good grief, they do make a mountain of a molehill.
Here that's the longstanding job of the Whips in Parliament. And in modern times it's not just the whips, it's the political advisors too.
 Going back at least to the 1960s - and Crossman's diaries as used in "Yes, Minister".