ACORN foe, blogger James O’Keefe, now facing 10 years in jail
Conservative blogger and entitled brat James O’Keefe became a darling of right-wing pundits after a series of satirical stunts culminating in the entrapment of ACORN staff across the country during a prank in which he posed as a pimp in some ACORN offices. Although information later came out suggesting O’Keefe’s footage was edited and he wasn’t exactly forthright in the campaign, the damage to the organization that works to swell voter ranks in poor areas was already done. O’Keefe blatantly admitted that wrongdoing in ACORN offices was not a concern of his, but rather the issue of brown people getting to vote:
James O’Keefe, one of the two filmmakers, said he went after ACORN because it registers minorities likely to vote against Republicans: ”Politicians are getting elected single-handedly due to this organization,” O’Keefe told The Washington Post. ”No one was holding this organization accountable.”
Now O’Keefe has landed himself and some cohorts in very hot water down in Louisiana, in an attempt to illegally wiretap Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office. An affadavit filed with the US Attorney’s Office describes the circumstances under which the “citizen journalist” was caught trying to bug the Senator’s phones:
O’Keefe allegedly filmed the men handling the main reception-area phone in the senator’s office with a cell-phone camera. The faux-repairmen, who are believed to have been attempting to tap the phones, then asked for access to the telephone closet to work on the main telephone system; asked for identification after being directed there, they said they had left their credentials in their vehicle.The four men – O’Keefe, the two fake telephone repairman, and another alleged co-conspirator – are now “charged in a criminal complaint with entering federal property under false pretenses for the purpose of committing a felony, announced the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.” They could face up to ten years in prison and a fine of $250,000.