James O’Keefe, a conservative filmmaker who pleaded guilty in 2010 to “entering federal property under false pretenses” for attempting to tamper with the office phones of former Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, as reported by The Times-Picayune, has released a new series of videos produced by his non-profit Project Veritas, seemingly coinciding with claims by Republican nominee Donald Trump of “large scale” voter fraud, as reported by CNN.
The latest James O’Keefe-Project Veritas videos deal with reported “rigging” of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as reported by Snopes.
Previously, O’Keefe had produced videos labelled by FAIR.org as “fraudulent,” which were purported to depict members of the now-defunct ACORN advising himself, disguised as a “pimp,” and an accomplice, Hannah Giles, disguised as a “prostitute,” on how to start a criminal enterprise involving “underage girls in the sex trade.”
The Columbia Journalism Review noted that neither James O’Keefe nor Hannah Giles actually disguised themselves as a pimp or a prostitute when dealing with ACORN employees. O’Keefe’s videos resulted in the U.S. House of Representatives freezing funding for the community group, which ultimately led to the non-profit organization’s demise.
A probe by the Government Accountability Office later concluded, too late to save the non-profit, that ACORN has done no wrong, as reported by CNN.
Among the first of the latest O’Keefe-Project Veritas videos purporting election rigging, Democrat Alan Schulkin, the New York commissioner of the Board of Elections is featured, stating that “there is a lot of voter fraud,” and that voters should be required to produce identification, as previously reported by the Inquisitr.
Scott Foval, who appears in the videos explaining how to bait Trump supporters into violence, has been fired from Americans United for Change, which worked with Democracy Partners, a consulting group working with the Democratic National Committee for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, as a result.
Robert Creamer, the husband of Democratic Representative Jan Schakowsky, voluntarily resigned from Democracy Partners over the contents of the videos, as reported by CNN.
“Contrary to the outrageous claims of the notorious right wing blogger James O’Keefe, we have always adhered to the highest standards of transparency and legality in our work for the DNC,” Creamer was quoted.
The consultant stated that “hypothetical conversations” describing “schemes” in the Project Veritas videos never took place.
Snopes described the latest O’Keefe videos as “somewhat of a gish gallop.”
“Nearly all the videos used stitched-together, out-of-context remarks with no indication of what occurred or what was discussed just before and after the included portions.”
Project Veritas’ “Rigging the Election – Video II: Mass Voter Fraud” features Cesar Vargas with the Dream Action Coalition speaking with an undercover member of Project Veritas about an “illegal” goal of “the campaign.”
The Project Veritas member, whose face is blurred in the videos, confirms with Vargas that what is being discussed is “voter fraud.”
“No, absolutely, absolutely,” Cesar Vargas appears to agree with the Project Veritas member.
The now-relieved-of-duty Scott Foval can be heard stating that his group has been “bussing people in” for 50 years.
James O’Keefe can been seen in the videos stating a belief that the reason mainstream media has not covered them is because of fear of “retaliation and retribution” by Hillary Clinton should she win the November election. Time and CNN each reported on the existence of the videos by October 18.
“In this video, Democratic operatives tell us how to successfully commit voter fraud, on a massive scale,” O’Keefe states.
Snopes describes Project Veritas operatives as baiting Democratic targets with “leading questions” in the videos, with the targets “going along” with them, “rather than disputing them.”
“It seems like most of the fraud O’Keefe uncovers he commits himself,” Professor Richard Hasen with the University of California, Irvine, was quoted with regard to Project Veritas, as reported by the New Yorker.
In 2015, Laura Loomer, a Project Veritas operative, faced criminal charges for portraying a Barry University professor as an ISIS supporter after she “secretly videotaped and recorded their conversation without his knowledge and consent,” as reported by Local 10.
After analyzing a study by the Pew Center, reports by the State of Pennsylvania, research conducted at Old Dominion University, and the findings of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, CNN declared Donald Trump’s claims of wide-scale voter fraud to be “false.”
As an example of data studied by the groups, from 2013-2015, 40 fraudulent votes were thought to be cast by non-U.S. citizens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, out of a total of 1.3 million voters.
U.S. President Barack Obama described Donald Trump’s remarks with regard to voter fraud as “irresponsible and, by the way, doesn’t really show the kind of leadership and toughness that you want out of a president,” as reported by the New York Times.
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