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TIP OF THE SPEAR: Veritas Insiders Take On Next Tech Giant

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 14:59

On Monday, Project Veritas will launch our next investigation into the most powerful entities in the world, and it won’t be anything like what the scientist in this scene experienced.

In a recent series called Chernobyl, the head of the KGB confronts a dissident scientist for telling the truth.  The KGB Chairman asserts the power of the state and argues that it would be impossible to resist with heroism:

KGB Chairman:

“You’re one of us, Legasov. I can do anything I want with you.  But what I want most is for you to know that I know. You’re not brave.  You’re not heroic.  You’re just a dying man who forgot himself.”

Scientist:

“I know who I am, and I know what I’ve done.  In a just world, I’d be shot for my lies, but not for this, not for the truth.”

KGB Chairman:

“Scientists and your idiotic obsessions with reason.  When the bullet hits your skull, what will it matter why?

“…Your testimony today will not be accepted by the State. It will not be disseminated in the press.  It never happened.  No, you will live, however long you have, but not as a scientist, not anymore.  You’ll keep your title and your office, but no duties, no authority, no friends. No one will talk to you.  No one will listen to you.  Other men, lesser men, will receive credit for the things you have done.  Your legacy is now their legacy.” 

“…You will remain so immaterial to the world around you that when you finally do die, it will be exceedingly hard to know that you ever lived at all.”

Scientist:

“What if I refuse?”

KGB Chairman:

“Why worry about something that isn’t going to happen?”

Something that isn’t going to happen. As Lord Acton once said, “power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  Those in power often believe that they are above the law, that resistance is futile.

This was on the mind of the Big Tech insider who is the subject of our next story.  As I was recently dropping him off at his hotel room, he was worried about whether his efforts would make a difference. He was even afraid for his life.

He was waiting for our call for a long time. He desired the truth to be disseminated, but he had given up some hope.

I told him we were pursuing the story endlessly since our recent phone call. I told him about all the specific sources and undercover work that we had done; spending 25% of our time treasure and talent working for the last two years trying to expand upon the truth of what he had recently told Project Veritas.  We also obtained confidential internal documents corroborating what he told us.  I showed these documents to my team, endlessly expressing their importance, and informed him it was my main mission for the last year.

Upon hearing all that we had done, without knowing about it or being given an update for a year, he burst out into tears and hugged me profusely.  It was like a valve within him was released and the tears came pouring.  He knew at the moment everything was going to be okay.

“This will have made all the difference now.  It doesn’t matter what I do next in my life, everything else is a bonus after this.  They won’t be able to hurt me now.  They won’t be able to put me in an information box.  With what I’ve gone through, I will not be irrelevant, it will not be in vain.” 

These stories wouldn’t be possible without brave insiders who were willing to blow the whistle and sacrifice everything. 

Before this launch, I want to explain why these brave souls are coming to us…

The common theme among the people coming to us is that they have a “justice complex.” Their love of their country and of the truth is so strong, they are willing to overcome fear of retaliation against their reputation, against their family, and the fear of losing their careers.

Friends, a movement of heroes is coming forward, and we haven’t seen anything like this since the time of the Boston Tea party.

People have had enough of the media’s misrepresentations, omissions, and lies. Oligarchs want to put information into a box and it is motivating the citizen journalist to take action.  To be brave.  To do something.

 

Citizen journalists have a long tradition of being motivated by a deep thirst for truth and justice.

Thomas Jefferson said society needed newspapers more than they needed government.  He also thought every man must be capable of reading the news.  Jefferson saw a civil responsibility in everyone because every person must engage with reality.

Journalism shapes the way that people consider important issues.  It builds moral consensus and creates what investigative journalist Ida Tarbell called, “righteous indignation.”

Publishing the truth about public and private institutions is crucial because politics is downstream from culture, and culture is downstream from the media itself.

It is the journalist’s responsibility to assist in creating an informed public that can hold the government accountable. When the media fails to inform the public –- as they have for decades –- the government isn’t held accountable.  Citizen journalists are then required to find the truth for themselves.

The synthetic nature of current media packages doesn’t challenge the status quo but reinforces it.  Many news outlets may have started out to pursue the truth, but the cult of personality, aggregation, and opinion is far more monetizable than intrepid investigations that shake core assumptions.

Today’s crisis is that mass media has become an industrial system of production that manufactures public consent.  The end goal is ratings and political influence, not the pursuit of truth.  They seek to bury the truth because it shatters the narratives and illusions that are necessary to continue their ratings.

Most responsible journalists know this.  It’s been said in different ways by Glenn Greenwald, Noam Chomsky and by President Trump when he talks about “Fake News.”  Even a CNN producer that Project Veritas covertly filmed admitted that the Russia-Trump collusion story was “bulls**t” and that it was done “for ratings.”

“All the nice cutesy little ethics that used to get talked about in journalism school you’re just like, that’s adorable… This is a business.” – John Bonifield, CNN

Legendary muckraker Lincoln Steffens spent a lifetime documenting the “shame of the cities,” and his realization was that true reform begins at home.  Citizens cannot rely upon their elected representative or favorite newspaper.  Individuals must take reform upon ourselves.

To that end, Daniel Boorstin, former Librarian of the United States Congress, wrote:

“In our world of big names, our true heroes tend to be anonymous. In this life of illusion and quasi-illusion, the person of solid virtues who can be admired for something more substantial than his well-knowness often proves to be the unsung hero: the teacher, the nurse, the mother, the honest cop, the hard worker at lonely, underpaid, unglamorous, unpublicized jobs.” — Boorstin

For these reasons, we, the citizens, not the media or those elected in government, must be the tip of the spear.  Citizens must toss themselves into the arena to expose the truth.

You don’t have to be a big name to change the world, you can wear a camera and be a part of the Veritas Army.

Regardless of the consequences, our country desperately needs more people to speak up and do something brave.

But people are afraid…

Most People Are Afraid

When you ask, “what can I do,” you know that if you challenge the forces of conformity, the system will come down upon you — and it’s only getting worse.

The paradox is that what’s required is service and sacrifice from the salt of the earth person who has no interest in being in the spotlight.

Most people worry about the negative reaction of speaking up.  Shaking up society with citizen journalism requires a moral courage that sometimes seems too hard.

Nobody comes away unscathed but there is a silver lining: the arc of the moral universe is long, and it bends toward justice.

The cost of not acting is far greater than the cost of action.

The alternative is a world that Andrew Breitbart told me about: a world where citizens are on a leash, dancing to the tune of those who hold them captive, a world resulting from the inaction of feckless moral cowards.  Taken to the extreme — this devolves into a dystopia like the one described in The Gulag Archipelago where citizens sell out their own brothers and sisters to save themselves from retaliation by the state.

More modern examples of this are the media institutions that garnish praise, and the tech overlords that have monopolized information, determining which opinions are allowed to be found in a search.  Even worse, a world where these tech companies are hiring journalists to bribe or squash any dissenting voices.

Time-and-time again Veritas is attacked in every way, and from every angle imaginable, and time-and-time again we have refused to be leashed or to dance to the tune of the palace guard whose efforts seek to break our will and shut us down.

As someone who is attacked more than most presidential candidates, I know exactly what this is like.  Here are just a few of my own personal experiences.

Dean Baquet and The New York Times

In the Fall of 2017, Veritas released a four-part investigation into The New York Times.  This series uncovered a Times employee who admitted that his reporting wasn’t objective.

Another Times employee revealed her politically biased agenda against President Trump.  She scolded the Vice President for having religious views.  And yet another employee, with over 20 years at the Times, admitted that everyone there “hates Trump.”

After the Times terminated one of the employees that our journalists filmed, the head of the NYT, Dean Baquet, called me despicable at an event that aired on CSPAN.  He said that Veritas was “despicable” and “isn’t journalism.”

Dean Baquet

James O’Keefe confronting the Times’ Dean Baquet in 2017

To have the god of the journalism world unequivocally chastise you with an ad hominem attack was not as hard for me as it may have been hard for others.  He publicly said what he had to say.

A year later, things became more interesting when I saw Dean Baquet at a conference at the Duquesne University National Conference on the First Amendment.

At the conference in Pittsburgh, there was a dinner for top journalists at a nearby restaurant.  At the event, the President of the University invited me to attend to offer some remarks.

Some of the people there did think that what Project Veritas does is journalism.  Sitting nearby was Marty Barron, the Executive Editor of the Washington Post along with some other big names in media.

The conference represented for me, quite literally the “seat at the table!”  I felt proud to be in a room with all these distinguished journalists, and slightly ashamed that I was proud, given how we had skewered their sacred cows at one time or another.

There was even Sreenath Sreenivasan, one of the Deans of Columbia Journalism who I had confronted with a microphone in 2011 as part of our “To Catch a Journalist Series.”  At the time, Sree stood up from his chair and started filming me.  There were sneers and jeers against what I had done at the time; Columbia Journalism students all mocking me with delight, looking for an angle to protect their esteemed faculty.

This time, Sree smiled awkwardly when he saw me, looked slightly uncomfortable and gave me a wet noodle handshake.  We made small talk about what he’s doing now, and he pivoted to the man standing next to me.

I decided to approach the Times’ Dean Baquet to say hello, and it was me that was nervous.  I had expected Baquet to feign friendliness in a social and collegial type of way.  Maybe with his voice lowered, to be gently adversarial.

Or perhaps to say, “You got us good with that Nick Dudich story” and shake my hand, maybe even offer a slight bit of praise notwithstanding whatever criticisms he had about us.   He and I were, after all, in a room celebrating the 1st Amendment.

But when I walked up, Mr. Baquet grimaced and quickly turned his back to me.  He didn’t even want to acknowledge my presence and couldn’t even look me in the eye.

The Executive Editor of The New York Times tells C-Span I’m despicable, then apparently is ashamed to acknowledge my existence.  All of this while sitting in a conference acknowledging our rights to inform our fellow citizens.  “He doesn’t even think I’m human,” I thought privately.

In that moment, Mr. Baquet and I were both grappling with different but equally profound realizations.  On my end, I had to come to grips with the fact the supposed paragon of investigative-journalism “All the News that’s Fit to Print” would never even give me the time of day.

I will confess before that moment, there was still a tiny but dwindling part of me that wanted recognition from press I sought to hold accountable.  Perhaps it was at a 40% level a decade ago when I started, lower than most.  That morning it was probably down to 4%, but that piece still existed, hanging by a thread.

I read The New York Times every morning in college.  As big and powerful as he was, he was not used to others holding him accountable.  He couldn’t grapple with an institution, Project Veritas, or the leader of it, personifying the supposed values he cherishes, that he is supposed to espouse, at a 1st Amendment conference no less!

If he truly did publicly adhere to at least some of his principles, he would have nothing by which to fear.  The unwillingness to engage was emblematic of the Old Guard’s view of the world.

Integrity would have demanded the acknowledgment of my presence at the conference and a discussion of the merits of what we had done that led him to “deal with” his own employee’s misconduct.  But not for Project Veritas, he would have taken no disciplinary action against Nick Dudich.  Therefore, the merits of our investigative journalism should be self-evident to a man who does these sorts of things for a living.

Faced with this ultimate irony and confronted by me as the leader of Project Veritas quite literally standing next to him; he could do nothing but wince, hoping I would walk away.   There was no camera filming his insecurities, so he didn’t have to pretend.   In that moment, he was no longer the head of the Old Grey Lady.  He wasn’t even, as the saying goes, a former hero who now became a competitor.

He was just a man in a restaurant.

My hand still extended, I withdrew it.  The 4% within me that sought the praise was reduced to zero.

And with that, my collar had come completely off.

This isn’t the only example.

The Grueling Coordinated Attack from New York’s Attorney General and the Media

Another one happened in the Fall of 2017 as Veritas was attacked by many news outlets that our journalists have exposed (CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times).

The sudden increase in negative news emboldened the now-disgraced former New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, to unleash an audit of Project Veritas.  His reasoning was that Veritas needed to be audited because of a missed-checkbox on a form from nine years ago.  While that checkbox was immediately corrected — nine years ago — it was the justification that Schneiderman needed to begin saber rattling, and it quickly set off a chain reaction.

As unbelievable as this may sound, Schneiderman’s office actually sent our audit letter to The NY Daily News before they even sent it to us.  As a result, journalists were calling us and asking for comment before I had even received anything from the AG office.

The NY Daily News published this misleading front-page headline that I had lied “about conviction”:

Daily News

It didn’t stop there. The supposed “investigation” encouraged others to come after Project Veritas.

I soon learned that Tom Bridge, the Associate General Counsel of Fidelity Investments, was refusing to pass along donations from our supporters.  Fidelity was refusing to honor our donors’ intent and they sought to justify it on the basis of saber rattling from an Attorney General.

At the time, I thought to myself: What’s next?  Is the power company going to cut our power because it’s considered politically unsavory to supply us with electricity?  Is the bank going to take away our accounts because they disagree with our editorial decisions?

Our donors stood their ground, telling Fidelity that they would close their accounts if their intentions weren’t honored.

One donor told me, “You must be doing something right James.  I’m getting calls from The New York Times on my home phone!”

That matter was quickly resolved, and Fidelity realized that Project Veritas had done nothing wrong.

But of course, the media felt compelled to try to stop Project Veritas.

National news outlets — including The Times, Buzzfeed, and The Daily Beast — called many of our donors in order to shame them to stop supporting us.  But our donors weren’t afraid, they saw the existential nature of our fight and ultimately doubled their commitments.

To top it all off, other Attorneys General suddenly started sending us audits as well.  All of this over a missed check box from nine years ago, that was corrected nine years ago.

The Attorney General of New York apparently did compromise his own principles, and he resigned a few months after in disgrace after a sexual harassment report surfaced.

Teachers Union President Sues for “Selective Editing”

Veritas recently had to spend $350,000 in legal fees to defend our name for exposing the truth.  In June of 2016, Project Veritas released a video where Steve Wentz, President of the Wichita Teachers Union, made outrageous comments about how he treats students that give him trouble.  Here’s what he said:

“You want to kick my ass?  You really think I’m a motherf**ker?  Son, go for it.  I’ll give you the first shot.  But be sure to finish what you start because if you don’t, I guarantee you, I will kick your f**king ass.”

In response to our video, Wentz filed a 66-page lawsuit and told the Wichita Eagle the video is, “a lie and it is something that needs to be addressed.”

Veritas fought back and prevailed.  Federal Judge G. Kendall Sharp recently granted a summary judgment in favor of Project Veritas and threw out the lawsuit.  She found that:

“Notably, many of the alleged defamatory statements made by Project Veritas and O’Keefe, both in the Wentz Video and the written content, are recitations of Wentz’s own admitted actions and statements.”

“…Defendants did not commit defamatory acts against Wentz and did not illegally record conversations…”

Steve Wentz lied about us, but we won.  Our defense was worth every penny.  We could have settled this case out of court.  But that is not what we do.  We fight, and we fight for the First Amendment and for truth.

I can assure you right now; that we will never surrender our principles.  So, help me God, we will never settle frivolous lawsuits.

TSA Harassment: “Do you think what you did was funny?”

Whenever you take on larger-than-life forces, exposing them visually and morally, they tend to react in ugly ways.

In 2014, Project Veritas was ahead of the curve on the immigration debate, exposing our nation’s frail border security.

While many politicians merely talk about our border, the flow of drugs and gangs, and the effects of illegal immigration; Project Veritas instead decided to go film it and do something.  I dressed up as notorious terrorist Osama bin Laden and crossed the Rio Grande into the United States from Mexico with cameras rolling.

The viral video significantly embarrassed the Department of Homeland Security and other politicians who insisted that the border was safe.  At the time, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was quoted saying, “the border is secure.”

Following the video’s release and its use in United States Senate debates, I was detained by US Customs and Border Protection (CPB) every time I would enter the country.  At first, CBP agents wouldn’t even tell me why I was being detained.

Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act requests filed by Judicial Watch, I learned that CBP was “unable to locate or identify any responsive records” regarding our detentions.  However, episodes continued.

“Do you think what you did was funny?” asked one CBP agent after detaining me.  “Are you done with this stuff?”

Another asked me to unlock my cellphone, which contained sensitive information about our work, the names of sources and methods. Eventually, an agent asked me if I had ever “passed the border in disguise?”

They prodded some more, “You’re like a shock reporter.  You basically go to the extremes to prove a point?”  They said they didn’t want me “to pull a fast one” on them.  They even asked me if I would support Donald Trump for President.

How could they justify doing this to a journalist?

I saw their computer screen which said: “Subject is an amateur reporter engaged in publicity stunts including unlawfully entering the United States dressed like an ISIS terrorist and crossing the Rio Grande dressed like Osama bin Laden.”

It was outrageous.  My team was detained and questioned for being journalists by government agents.  They would never do this to The New York Times or NBC News.

New Hampshire Attorney General Uses False Pretenses

Just this year, authorities in New Hampshire took issue with Project Veritas and the first amendment.  We released video of a New Hampshire man admitting to double-voting in a general election (a Class B Felony,) and we showed this footage to officials in the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office.

The investigator that I showed the video to, Robert Sullivan, seemed perplexed and even uninterested in our findings.  My team and I decided to leave to show the footage to New Hampshire legislators.  Shortly after leaving, the investigators called us back to their office.

After asking some routine questions about the video, one of the investigators handed my executive producer and I subpoenas to testify before a Grand Jury about “the operations of Project Veritas”.

They had lured us back to their office under false pretenses to serve us with subpoenas!

Apparently, showing state authorities who are responsible for preserving the integrity of our elections evidence of voter fraud earns journalists — not the self-admitted double-voter — a subpoena.

NH Attorney General

James O’Keefe showing voter fraud confession to investigators in the New Hampshire AG’s Office

The subpoena made the rounds in local media, as did the voter-fraud admission that our team caught on camera.  My team and I wouldn’t take abuse from the authorities laying down, however.  Our grassroots supporters in New Hampshire called and emailed the investigators who served us hundreds, if not thousands of times.  They eventually shut down their phone line and email account.

When tyrants harass and intimidate you, the worst thing you can do is roll over.  You must stand up to them because they only survive if their prey is fearful.  In the end, the double-voter was issued a felony arrest warrant by Attorney General Gordon MacDonald, and our findings were validated.


Who else can tell these stories?

These kinds of challenges would break most organizations.

Project Veritas deals with many behind-the-scenes battles on a regular basis.  It’s brutal but it’s just turbulence.

You, too, may be hated by the people you want to love you when you do this.  Your allies will not want to rock the boat.  They want to be loved by the op-ed boards at the big papers.  They want Facebook ad revenue and they want their book reviewed positively by The New York Times.

As Rush Limbaugh once told me, one of the toughest things to accept is that being hated is a sign of success.

You will find that when you no longer crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, when you realize that you’re not really leashed, you are free to accomplish the mission.

There are some things more important than having the approval of the press.  Things like character and moral courage.

Project Veritas is the vehicle that gives people the inspiration to act and be a change agent, catalysts for citizen empowerment and the inspiration to do it.  You and I, Project Veritas, are the answer to the question, “What can I do?”

No one demonstrates this better than our insiders and informants.  Our Facebook insider, who decided to put her job on the line to expose censorship of conservatives at the platform, was willing to go public because she felt “the public had a right to know.”

Her example has inspired many other insiders to come forward in media, Silicon Valley, and education.

Our Pinterest insider chose to go public stating:

“There is a huge bystander effect inside Silicon Valley… I could go through life, and I could live in the comforts of life, and I could go on for eighty years, and then make money, do the formula of life, and then I’ll just fall to ashes. And I think that’s how a lot of people live their lives. This is something, no matter what happens, no matter what I lose, it’ll mean something after I’m gone. What are you saving up your ammo for? This is the moment that matters. This is what I’m going to do with my life, this is how I make an impact on this world. I’m going to get ten more people to do what I did.” – Eric Cochran, Pinterest Insider

These are modern day American heroes, men and women of great moral courage.  Our country needs more people like these fighting for truth.

There will certainly be obstacles, and they may stop one man, but they can’t stop an army.  All it takes is a few.

Be Brave,

James O’Keefe
Project Veritas
Founder & CEO

 

It’s Official: Pinterest Insider Terminated

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 16:00

Project Veritas has confirmed that the insider featured in our Pinterest report, Eric Cochran, has been fired from his job at Pinterest.  Through interview testimony and documents leaked to Project Veritas, Cochran exposed Pinterest’s censorship tactics to suppress Christian, pro-life, and conservative content.

In the letter dated June 18th, Pinterest confirmed Cochran’s termination and informed him that his final day at Pinterest is June 19th.  According to Cochran, he was escorted out of Pinterest’s offices in San Francisco without reason after the report was published by Veritas.

Pinterest Letter Veritas

Those who would like to show their support for Cochran and his bravery can give to his campaign on GoFundMe.

Eric Cochran is the second big tech insider to share a story with Project Veritas.  Veritas plans to publish additional reports featuring insiders from Silicon Valley.  Insiders in tech, media, education, and government can contact Project Veritas HERE.

 

Pinterest Insider FIRED; Part 2 Coming Soon

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 19:47

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(San Francisco) – Project Veritas has learned that the brave insider at Pinterest who exposed their methods of censoring conservative and religious content has been fired.   This morning, Project Veritas published documents and an interview with the insider showing how Pinterest banned Live Action, suppresses Christian terms, and censors other pro-life content.

A Pinterest spokesperson responded to Project Veritas, saying:

“Religious content is allowed on Pinterest, and many people use our service to search for and save Pins inspired by their beliefs. To protect our users from being targeted based on personal characteristics such as their religion, we have policies in place so that ads and recommendations don’t appear alongside certain terms.”

Despite great risk, the insider displayed incredible courage and helped expose one of the largest tech censorship stories of 2019.

In our first interview with the insider, he told Veritas the following:

“I think when public policies don’t match with how social media companies are actually implementing them, people have a right to know, people have a right to that transparency. And the thing is one person can make all the difference… one person can bring transparency to big tech.”

One person can make all the difference.  If you are an insider in big tech, media, government, or education please come forward and share your story with Project Veritas.

Insiders can contact Project Veritas securely HERE.

Our second video in our Pinterest series will be released in the coming days.

Tech Insider Blows Whistle on How Pinterest Listed Top Pro-Life Site as Porn, “Bible Verses” Censored

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 12:02

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Insider: Search Term “Christian” Won’t Auto-Complete, Others Can’t Trend, No Notifications, or Recommendations
Pinterest Blacklisted Pro-Life Group LiveAction.org, Classified as “Pornography,” Cannot Link to Site
Leaked “Sensitive Terms List” Includes “bible verses” and “christian easter”
Ben Shapiro Commentary Censored in “zero tolerance moment,” Slack Messages Reveal
Planned Parenthood Undercover Videos Marked as “harmful” Conspiracy
Veritas Calls On More Silicon Valley Insiders to Come Forward
UPDATE 1: Pinterest REACTS. LiveAction.org is no longer on their “Porn Domain Blacklist”
UPDATE 2: Pinterest REACTS AGAIN. LiveAction’s Pinterest Account has been permanently suspended.
UPDATE 3: A Pinterest spokesperson has provided a statement in response to our request for comment: “Religious content is allowed on Pinterest, and many people use our service to search for and save Pins inspired by their beliefs. To protect our users from being targeted based on personal characteristics such as their religion, we have policies in place so that ads and recommendations don’t appear alongside certain terms.” 


See some of the leaked documents (some are redacted):

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(San Francisco) Project Veritas has received and published documents from an insider at Pinterest. The documents, which include product code, Slack messages, and internal policies, reveal terms and websites that Pinterest apparently censors.

In an interview, the Pinterest insider who leaked the documents explains how the company censors pro-life and Christian content on the website.

(Do you work in Big Tech? Project Veritas would love to hear from you.)

Said Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe:

“The documents we obtained raise questions about whether or not these tech companies really operate like neutral platforms, as opposed to publishers with editorial agendas.” 

Pinterest is a publicly-traded social media company headquartered in San Francisco that has nearly 300 million active monthly users. In the past, Project Veritas released undercover footage of Twitter employees discussing “shadow-banning,” and also published leaked documents from Facebook which revealed plans to target and demote conservative commentary.

“Somebody happened to notice that LiveAction.org was blocked…”

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“I was pretty surprised,” said the Pinterest insider in an interview, when s/he discovered that pro-life group LiveAction.org was added to a “porn domain block list.” The insider explained that the “block list” was intended to be  a collection of pornographic websites that Pinterest uses in order ensure that pornography cannot be posted. LiveAction.org is not a pornographic website, instead it is the web domain of a prominent pro-life advocacy group.

The insider explained that websites on a “domain block list” cannot be linked in posts made by users. While investigating, Project Veritas tried to post the LiveAction.org link on Pinterest and failed to do so, receiving an error message that read, “Sorry! Your request could not be completed.” Project Veritas reviewed the list of websites from the “porn domain block list” and was able to confirm that along with LiveAction.org, websites like zerohedge.com, pjmedia.com, teaparty.org and other various conservative websites were also listed. The majority of the document lists pornographic websites.

Lila Rose, the founder and president of LiveAction claims that her organization has been censored in the past, and believes that pro-life organizations are unfairly targeted by social media companies:

“Pinterest says that their mission is to ‘help empower people to discover things that they love,’ but despite the fact that millions of people love babies and the pro-life cause, they are secretly censoring our life-affirming messages. Pinterest users deserve to know the truth and our messages deserve to be treated fairly.”

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Another document Project Veritas reviewed shows code that reads, “mem add [‘liveaction.org’].” The insider explains that this code, which according to the document was committed to the “porn domain block list” on February 13th, 2019, added LiveAction.org to the block list. The code was apparently committed by Megan McClellan who works on Pinterest’s Trust and Safety team.

On May 29th, 2019, Ginet Girmay, a Pinterest employee on the company’s Trust and Safety team, discusses LiveAction.org’s inclusion on the “porn domain block list.” Girmay says “I do not think [LiveAction.org] should be removed…” even though Pinterest “is not currently removing pro-life/pro-choice content.”

“‘Christian’ is being blocked from the auto-complete.”

Project Veritas also received a large text file titled “Sensitive Terms List.” The insider said the file contains search terms that Pinterest considers

“[B]ible verses” appears in the “Sensitive Terms List,” which impacts how the auto-complete function works when one tries to search for the term.

“sensitive,” and that the terms are modified in search results according to different value assignments. According to the insider and supporting documents, terms are assigned an “abusive,” “sensitive,” and “brand unsafe” value.

Some of the actions that can be taken on search terms include: blocking auto-complete results in the search bar, providing an advisory message when a term is searched for, removing the term from recommended or trending feeds, and blocking email or push notifications. Search results are also modified based on the values that are applied to terms.

Project Veritas reviewed the “Sensitive Terms List” and discovered that Christianity-related terms like “christian easter” and “bible verses” were marked as “brand unsafe.” The insider explained to Project Veritas in an interview that such terms are removed from auto-complete search results.

 (Similar documents from big tech companies can be sent to Project Veritas here.)
“This was actually in a war-room where policymakers were making decisions about content…”

Another document Project Veritas received was a screenshot from an internal Slack channel at Pinterest, where Public Policy and Social Impact Manager Ifeoma Ozoma instructed others to monitor the platform for “white supremacist” content from individuals like conservative commentators Ben Shapiro and Candace Owens. Three days after Ozoma’s message, the terms “ben shapiro muslim” and “ben shapiro islam” were added to the “Sensitive Terms List.”

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The insider explained to Project Veritas that in addition to removing content it wants to censor, Pinterest also “hides” materials from users on their home screens and search results. The insider added that there is also “silent removing,” which means the content is removed but there is no notice to the account who posted the material that it was removed.

“They consider it to be worse than ‘Flat-Earth’…”

In a document titled “A/C Privileged: Conspiracy Doc,” which the insider said lists various conspiracy theories that Pinterest monitors, Project Veritas noticed the listing of “David Daleiden/Planned Parenthood.” The description of the item reads, “Undercover at planned parenthood to ‘expose’ their sale of fetal remains.” The insider believes the record refers to the undercover video investigation conducted by David Daleiden which allegedly shows Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sale of fetal tissue for profit. Those undercover videos prompted various investigations and legal actions across the country. The Pinterest insider explained that the company removes conspiratorial content that they deem to be “harmful” from the platform.

 

“One person can make all the difference”

Said the insider:

“I think when public policies don’t match with how social media companies are actually implementing them, people have a right to know, people have a right to that transparency. And the thing is one person can make all the difference… one person can bring transparency to big tech.”

Project Veritas intends to continue investigating abuses in big tech companies and encourages more Silicon Valley insiders to share their stories through their Be Brave campaign.

 (Big tech insiders can reach out to Project Veritas here to help expose similar newsworthy wrongdoing.)

First Amendment Triumph – The Extraordinary Directed Verdict in the Teter v Veritas Trial

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 16:39

(New York City) Following a major federal court victory, Project Veritas has released a 30-minute docudrama with a behind the scenes look at the Teter v. Veritas trial. The feature, “First Amendment Triumph: The Extraordinary Directed Verdict in the Teter v. Veritas Trial”, includes dramatic excerpts from the court reporter’s transcripts of the rare directed verdict and the case’s dramatic clash between law and emotion.

Project Veritas founder and CEO James O’Keefe explains the tumultuous trial and the vindicating verdict that would shock the plaintiffs, the media, and the political class.

The video is the first of a series of long-form videos that will be produced by Veritas called Veritas Features. You can view the video on YouTube or listen to the podcast HERE.

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TEASER | Veritas Features: The Extraordinary Verdict in the Teter v Veritas Jury Trial

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 14:08
“If Mike Wallace did that, could somebody have sued him?”
US District Judge Martin Reidinger

(New York City) Following a dramatic federal court victory, Project Veritas has produced a feature video documenting the arguments made in a case Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe says was between “the law and emotion.” O’Keefe recounts the exact words spoken by the federal judge, who ultimately defended the first amendment and the free press with a Directed Verdict. The full feature will be made available for free in the coming days.

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Project Veritas WINS Defamation Case – Undercover Journalism Vindicated

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 17:43
 Directed Verdict – Teter v Veritas Thrown Out By Federal Judge
 No “clear and convincing evidence of actual malice”
 Teter suit is based on “thinnest of thin reeds”
 O’Keefe: “Veritas 6 – 0 on lawsuits!”

(Asheville) A federal judge has issued a Directed Verdict in “Teter v. Project Veritas,” ruling that the plaintiff did not have the requisite evidence to support a defamation claim. Plaintiffs must prove deliberate malice on behalf of the defendant in order to prove defamation. The Directed Verdict came on the third day of the trial. Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe, who was in Asheville, North Carolina for the trial, released the following statement.

“Let this be a lesson to all those who abuse our legal system to settle petty political disputes. The courts have once again vindicated our undercover methods and journalism. Project Veritas is 6-0 in lawsuits for a reason – the law is on our side.”

United States District Judge Martin Reidinger excused the jury late in the day on May 21 and invited arguments on why O’Keefe and Project Veritas should not be granted a Directed Verdict. The attorneys for Teter struggled to convince the judge, who would not allow the First Amendment to be trampled upon.

On Wednesday, the judge articulated passionate reasoning in his ruling to protect the First Amendment rights of journalists:

“Therefore, if citizens and the media are handcuffed by a fear of liability, that’s detrimental to political discourse, it is detrimental to society as a whole, and it is detrimental, really, to our fundamental freedom.”

The judge also tactfully dismantled each plank of the plaintiff’s argument and called it the “thinnest of thin reeds.”

“Any one of these points [of the plaintiff’s argument], if they are evidence at all of actual malice, would constitute, really, the thinnest of thin reeds.”

You can read the full transcript of this morning’s proceedings below.

Project Veritas successfully defended itself and the first amendment in this case, which lasted nearly two years. “Teter v. Project Veritas” is a landmark ruling that set legal precedent for the first amendment.

See the relevant court filings:

Directed Verdict
Summary Judgement Ruling
Memorandum in Support of Summary Judgement
Defendant’s Reply in Support of Summary Judgement Motion
Plaintiff Response to Defendants’ Summary Judgement Motion
Plaintiff Complaint

Project Veritas Fights for First Amendment in Federal Court

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 22:55
 Lawsuit Filed by Plaintiff Shirley Teter, Who Claimed to be Assaulted at 2016 NC Trump Rally
 O’Keefe: “Video is real, irrefutable, and undeniably clear.”
 Former Democratic Operative Scott Foval Said, “she was one of our activists…”
UPDATE:  Project Veritas has won the case. The judge ruled that the plaintiff did not have the requisite evidence to support her defamation claim.

(Asheville) This week, Project Veritas goes to federal court for a jury trial in Asheville, North Carolina to fight a defamation claim brought by a woman named Shirley Teter. Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe, who will be in Asheville for the trial, released the following statement:

“We stand by our reporting in the video that is the subject of this defamation lawsuit in Federal Court in Asheville, North Carolina. We accurately reported what a high-level political operative told us on video tape. We did not alter the meaning of his statements, and we preserved the video recording in its original state. We issued the report because the public has a right to know the issues raised in these videos. This trial is nothing more than an attack on the media by people who are ideologically opposed to what we do. Video is real, irrefutable and undeniably clear.  This has always been our raison d’etre.  Video does not lie.”

Do you work in big tech, government, education, or for a union? We’d love to hear from you.

The plaintiff, Shirley Teter, rose to national prominence during the midst of the 2016 presidential election after claiming to have been assaulted at a Trump rally in North Carolina.

In a 2016 undercover video series, Project Veritas Action Fund reported what Scott Foval, a high-level political operative with links to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, said:

FOVAL: “… She was one of our activists, who had been trained up to birddog.”

Foval, who was fired from Americans United for Change after his remarks were published, explained that his organization trained people to “birddog” at Trump rallies:

JOURNALIST: “was that you in North Carolina?’

FOVAL: “We did have people in North Carolina.”

JOURNALIST: “the lady who got…”

FOVAL: “Yes.”

JOURNALIST: “… cold-cocked, that was you guys? …

FOVAL: “Uh-hm…”

Teter filed suit against Veritas in September 2017, claiming defamation and deceptive trade practices. After Veritas filed a motion in support of summary judgement, the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina ordered that the plaintiff’s claim for deceptive trade practices be dismissed with prejudice.

Project Veritas stands by its reporting. The Project Veritas news team does not alter the words or meaning of the words spoken by individuals captured on undercover video, nor does Project Veritas tell people in these recordings what to say. The case is in trial this week.

See the relevant court filings:

Veritas is moving in a different direction.

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 15:18

After years of releasing hard-hitting investigations that define modern undercover journalism, Veritas is moving in a different direction.

Don’t worry — we’re not throwing in the towel.

We’re putting gas on the fire.

Instead of relying solely on our journalists in the field, Veritas is enlisting YOU. We’re reaching out to brave individuals who are compelled to expose wrongdoing and bias and we are helping them tell their stories.

Already this year, insiders have taken on goliaths like Facebook and Chase Bank. And the power of Veritas has supported those insiders every step of the way.

As we move forward, Project Veritas will amplify the unheard voices who have experienced first-hand the oppression of big business and big government. We will stand beside them and help them tell their stories.

Me and our brave Facebook insider in San Francisco, California.

Are you a victim of bias and abuse like Enrique Tarrio?

Enrique is the face of our latest Project Veritas investigation. His bank account from Chase Bank was suspended without straight reason and from the results of our latest investigation, it appears that he may have been banned for political motivations.

I met Enrique for lunch this year at CPAC in February. A businessman, Enrique was exasperated about his account’s closure and told me and my journalists that he believes he was removed because he is a conservative.

Veritas had already exposed Twitter and Facebook for similar misgivings — could banks be doing the same?

After our meeting, Enrique worked hand-in-hand with one of our undercover journalists who is expertly trained to handle classified information and verify stories like Enrique’s. Our journalist trained Enrique how to use undercover equipment and coached him through the steps to corroborate his own story.

Together, they did it.

Here’s the exchange that they captured that ignited a wave of media coverage:

JOURNALIST: Really? Okay… So I mean on my end I’m talking about people like Trump supporters for instance. The MAGA, whatever — make, whatever the hell they, those types of people, I mean individuals –

CHASE: Right, right. I know what you mean, but like I said the call is being recorded, monitored, so I can’t get too political. And say I don’t support these people, or this, but you know, any kind of business entity, people like that, no moral character or anything like that, the bank usually doesn’t get involved with that.”

With our help, Enrique’s story was heard far and wide. The term “debanking” entered the public lexicon.

In fact, other grassroots individuals have reached out to Veritas to share their similar experiences with banks like Chase.

This is how we change the world and this is how we make an impact.

Enrique is not alone, of course. This year we released an investigation into Facebook which was brought to us by another brave insider. Her documents showed how Facebook deliberately is “deboosting” conservative livestreams and throttling center-right content.

Enrique and our Facebook insider are incredibly brave. They’ve risked it all to show you the truth.

If you are on the inside of any organization and have witnessed fraud, corruption, or abuse please reach out to Project Veritas right away.

Our journalists will work with you, we will train you, and we will help you tell your story. Your story deserves to be heard.

It won’t be easy, but we will stand beside you and together will make a difference.

Be BRAVE: Contact us securely here: https://www.projectveritas.com/brave/

James O’Keefe

NH Attorney General Arrests Double-Voter Exposed By Project Veritas

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 21:52

Robert Bell, a New Hampshire man who was caught on camera in a Project Veritas undercover investigation admitting to voting twice, has been arrested. New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald announced that Bell is charged with a class B Felony  “for knowingly checking in at the checklist in Atkinson and casting a New Hampshire ballot, after having already cast a ballot in the same election in Florida.”

Veritas WINS Defamation Case – Videos Accurate and NOT Deceptively Edited

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:29

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The Federal Courts have once again vindicated Project Veritas and our methods. Today, a Federal Judge in Florida ruled totally in our favor in a case brought by a man named Steve Wentz.

In June of 2016, Project Veritas released a video where Steve Wentz, President of the Wichita Teachers Union made outrageous comments about how he treats students who give him trouble.

Here is one of Wentz’ statements in the video:

Wentz:  You want to kick my ass?  You really think I’m a motherf**ker?  Son, go for it.  I’ll give you the first shot.  But be sure to finish what you start because if you don’t, I guarantee you, I will kick your f**king ass.

In June of 2017, Wentz filed a 66-page lawsuit in a U.S. District Court in Florida.  He said we recorded him illegally and that we defamed him. He told the Wichita Eagle at the time, quote, “It’s a lie and it is something that needs to be addressed,” unquote.  Well, today the Judge in Florida addressed it, throwing Wentz’s case in the garbage.

The order from Judge G. Kendall Sharp was unequivocal.

“Wentz is unable to sufficiently identify a false statement published by defendants that plausibly supports his defamation claims.”

“…the edits do not improperly and illegally alter the meaning of Wentz’s words…”

“Notably, many of the alleged defamatory statements made by Project Veritas and O’Keefe, both in the Wentz Video and the written content, are recitations of Wentz’s own admitted actions and statements.”

“…Defendants did not commit defamatory acts against Wentz and did not illegally record conversations…

The videos were ruled real.

There was no reasonable expectation of privacy.

The videos were not edited out of context.

 

“Thus, the Court will grant summary judgement in favor of Project Veritas and O’Keefe.”

As hard as it was to spend the roughly $350,000 defending ourselves in this case, it was worth every penny.  We could have settled this case out of court.  But that is not what we do.  We fight, we fight for the 1st Amendment and the truth.  Principles matter.  I can assure you right now; we will never surrender our principles. And we will never settle.

DEBANKING: Chase Bank Says “moral character” a Reason Why They Don’t Do Business with “those types of people”

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 13:23

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 Man’s Chase Payment Processing Shut Down, Suspects Political Targeting of Provocative Conservative Merchandising
 Chase Bank Unable to Produce Reason for Account Termination
 Chase Corporate Global Media Relations: “Chase is not involved with any like, you know, alt-right people”
 Other Conservative Voices and Chase Bank Customers Also ‘Debanked’ Recently

UPDATE: Chase Bank Communications Officer Patricia Wexler responded to this report, saying: “We do not close accounts due to political affiliation. Despite what was described in the video, that was NOT someone from Global Corporate Media Relations. As I’m sure you can appreciate, I’m not able to share any personal details on anyone’s individual or business account.” 

(Washington DC) Project Veritas has released a video report (the full 10 minute version can be found below) about a man whose Chase bank account was shut down without being given a reason. The report, which includes testimony from Enrique Tarrio, the man whose Chase account was terminated, features undercover video of conversations with bank professionals discussing the account’s closure.

Said Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe,

Are there unwritten Chase policies that Mr. Tarrio and others were in breach of? ‘Debanking’ appears to be a new frontier in American politics.”

Insiders can contact Project Veritas here.

Before the account’s termination, Tarrio, whose website sells provocative conservative merchandise, spoke to Chase bank professionals. Tarrio says that phone operators for Chase were unable to explain why his business account was being terminated.

Conversations in various Chase bank offices were recorded and provided to Project Veritas.

Multiple Chase account and bank managers were unable to assist Tarrio, saying that inquiries regarding the closure of his business account would have to be directed to the “executive office.”

Said one of the Chase bankers, Marcel Smith:

“I see nothing that indicates any reason why the account should be closed, I don’t see any outstanding transactions or anything ridiculous.”

Chase bank typically gives its customers a reason for account closures, says Smith:

“I’ve never seen them not give a response to someone whose account they had closed.”

An analyst from the Chase executive office, Nora, told Tarrio that his account was being closed for various clerical issues. In a phone conversation with Nora, which was published by Project Veritas, Tarrio clarifies there were no clerical issues.

“The Right Relationship is Everything”

Undercover audio from a conversation with a Chase employee working in Chase Corporate Global Media Relations reveal that Chase bank makes political judgments about their customers.

JOURNALIST: I don’t want to do business with anyone who does business with Steve Bannon, or any of these alt right people, and that’s just one of my prerequisites.

CHASE: Right, right. As far as I’m concerned, we’re not connected with Steve Bannon.

JOURNALIST: Do you have standards in place that would preempt such relationship with anyone, um of Steve Bannon’s –

CHASE: Oh definitely. Definitely, definitely.

JOURNALIST: That’s what I’m calling to inquire about. Tell me more.

CHASE: Right so I mean, Chase is not involved with any like, you know, alt right people or anything. I really can’t name names but it’s basically like we don’t get involved with any of that…

JOURNALIST: … I don’t expect for you guys, I’m not talking about who you guys give money to –

CHASE: No, just any business relationships, period.

JOURNALIST: Really? Okay… So I mean on my end I’m talking about people like Trump supporters for instance. The MAGA, whatever – make, whatever the hell they, those types of people, I mean individuals –

CHASE: Right, right. I know what you mean, but like I said the call is being recorded, monitored, so I can’t get too political. And say I don’t support these people, or this, but you know, any kind of business entity, people like that, no moral character or anything like that, the bank usually doesn’t get involved with that.”

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe believes that transparency could clear up issues like Mr. Tarrio’s. In order to investigate more issues, Project Veritas receives tips from insiders in technology, government, education, and other professional fields here.

Full 10-Minute Video:

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Producer: Christian Hartsock

New Hampshire AG Attacks Free Press

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 11:26

UPDATE: Sources tell Project Veritas that an individual in the Attorney General’s office took action on the subpoena without the instruction of the Attorney General.

(Concord) New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald responded swiftly to Project Veritas’ latest investigation which revealed a voter admitting to voting twice in federal elections – a violation of state and federal laws.

This subpoena was handed to James O’Keefe.

Unfortunately Attorney General MacDonald’s response was not to investigate the crimes committed or their troubled election integrity, but rather to subpoena the free press that is working to promote a more ethical and transparent society.

The Attorney General’s office should pursue voter fraud, not harass the people who legally report voter fraud.

In the past, Veritas investigations in New Hampshire led to voter identification laws and civil penalties paid to the FEC. We believe that investigations that promote the integrity of our elections are necessary to protect our government and our way of life.

Attorney General MacDonald’s cavaliere attitude toward the security of elections creates a welcome environment for voter fraud. This is why Project Veritas exists.

Project Veritas will not cooperate with investigations that seek to criminalize investigative reporting. In fact, such attempts by attorneys general to block first amendment rights for newsgathering and publishing news motivate Veritas to expose more waste, fraud, and abuse in the Granite State.

Now more than ever is the time for insiders in government, at the local, state, and federal level to be brave and do something. Such individuals can contact Project Veritas here: www.projectveritas.com/brave

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New Hampshire Voter Admits Voter Fraud? Cast Second Ballot Out-of-State

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 09:02

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 “He should not be voting here anymore, in Florida”
 New Hampshire Resident May Have Illegally Cast Early Ballot in Florida
 NH Law: Voting in More Than One State is a Class B Felony
 FL Law: Residency Required to Vote

Faces of Voter Fraud #3

UPDATE 1: The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office handed Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe a subpoena after being shown this video report. 

UPDATE 2: Assistant Attorney General Nicholas Chong Yen responded to the video: “We will determine whether or not to commence an investigation and go from there.”

UPDATE 3: Project Veritas has released a response to the New Hampshire AG’s Grand Jury subpoena.

UPDATE 4: Sources tell Project Veritas that an individual in the Attorney General’s office took action on the subpoena without the instruction of the Attorney General. 

(Concord) Project Veritas has released undercover footage (full video below) of a New Hampshire resident admitting to voting twice in the 2018 general election. Robert Bell, an Atkinson, New Hampshire resident, cast an early voting ballot in Florida and voted in person at the polls in New Hampshire. This is the third video in a series Project Veritas has released exposing the faces of voter fraud.

Said Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe,

“Voter fraud is real. The integrity of the American electoral system is being undermined. Election insiders, poll workers, and even voters can help Project Veritas expose double voting, ballot harvesting, and voting by illegal aliens.

Insiders can contact Project Veritas here.

Officials from election offices in both New Hampshire and Florida confirm that Robert Bell voted in the 2018 elections. Bell says he voted for candidates for federal offices in both states.

Bell states that while he is a New Hampshire resident and voted in New Hampshire, he voted in Florida as well when he was visiting the state for a funeral:

JOURNALIST: … I’m also seeing that you voted absentee in Florida in the 2018 election…

BELL: Yeah I was down there for a funeral and so I voted in early voting.

JOURNALIST: So, you early voted in Florida in 2018 and you voted in person in the polls here in New Hampshire?

BELL: Uh, I guess I did.

Bell also states he hasn’t owned a Florida property “for a couple years” and that he is “still on the voter list” as a registered voter. Bell says that he is “definitely” a resident of New Hampshire but still has a Florida driver’s license.

Sharon Bell, Robert Bell’s ex-wife who lives at the address Robert Bell used to vote in Florida says that Mr. Bell hasn’t lived in that Florida home for three years and that “he should not be voting here anymore, in Florida.”

In New Hampshire, voting in more than one state is prohibited as a class B felony. Florida law imposes residency requirements to vote. Federal law punishes double-voting.

Faces Of Voter Fraud

This is the third video in a series of voter fraud investigations conducted by Project Veritas. Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe says that elections insiders and poll-workers can help expose double voting, ballot harvesting, or voting by illegal aliens by visiting www.projectveritas.com/brave.

See the first video in this series.

See the second video in this series.

 

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IMPACT: Public Interest Legal Foundation Alerts Authorities to Veritas Voter Fraud Videos

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 16:03

On April 1, 2019 the Public Interest Legal Foundation sent complaint letters to officials in Florida and New York following the release of double-voting voter fraud stories published by Project Veritas (video 1, video 2.)

Project Veritas will continue to monitor developments resulting from the release of its voter fraud video series, which will continue in the coming weeks and months.

NOTICE: Project Veritas to Recruit Insiders in News Organizations

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 14:03
 Project Veritas Seeks Media Insiders to Help Uncover Bias, Dishonesty, Hypocrisy, Political and Financial Agendas in News Media
 Many Insiders Have Already Contacted Veritas, Sent Docs, Video and Audio
 Prove that Russia Hysteria is “greatest failure of American journalism in a generation”
 Project Veritas Launches American Pravda II
Story leads, documents, audio and video files, and other useful information can be sent here.

(New York City) Media insiders (reporters, camera operators, producers, and executives) can help Project Veritas legally expose bias and dishonesty in newsrooms by contacting Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe and his investigative team on their website.

O’Keefe believes that “for introspection and reform to occur in media organizations, the corrupt actors among them must be brought forward to account: undercover journalism with help from insiders is the most effective way to make this happen.”

Project Veritas has hired insiders from various companies that have previously reached out to us with information.  Project Veritas has also published leaked audio from panel interviews conducted by network anchors exposing deceptive editing.

Added O’Keefe:

“We’re going to find you and we’re going to film you. We’re going to expose your secret motives and malice. The media is now an organ of disinformation and has itself to thank for our new initiative. There will be a reckoning. You are on notice.”

Project Veritas intends to launch a follow-up to its popular American Pravda investigative series which sought to expose bias, dishonesty, and hidden agendas by news media companies.

The American Pravda 2 initiative follows the recent findings from Attorney General Barr’s summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. With two years of false reporting, conspiracy-peddling, and fear-mongering about “Russia Collusion” finally coming to a close, O’Keefe has made the following statement:

“The Russia hysteria is the greatest failure of American journalism in a generation. If you work in the media and have experienced the mistakes and decisions that led to this failure, Project Veritas wants you to come forward and talk with us.”

In 2019, Project Veritas launched a campaign to recruit insiders from media companies, Silicon Valley, government, and other areas in order to promote a more ethical and transparent society. With the initial response to the campaign, Project Veritas has already begun conducting new ground-breaking undercover investigations.

Some media insiders from major news organizations have already reached out to Project Veritas and have pledged to help Project Veritas’ investigations.

TIP OF THE ICEBERG: Florida Voters Upset People in NY Voting in Their Name

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 13:15

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 FL Resident Shocked: “I care!” “if somebody voted under my name in New York”
 “If I don’t have residency, how can I vote? I’m not a New York state resident.”
 Mysterious Person Knocks on Old NY Address…
 Another FL Voter: “… I haven’t voted in New York for 13 years… it was voter fraud apparently”
 A THIRD Floridian: “I haven’t been there [in NY] in many years.”
 Investigation Verified in Three Independent Ways (Data, Election Official Interviews, and Voters’ Own Words)

Faces Of Voter Fraud #2: The Victims

(Tallahassee) Project Veritas has released undercover footage which shows Florida residents and voters expressing shock when told that voter data shows they also voted in the state of New York. All three Floridians moved from the state of New York several years ago. Project Veritas believes these individuals are the victims, not culprits, of voter fraud.

Said Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe:

“There are things that can greatly reduce voter fraud, like voter ID requirements, standardize residency laws across the country, and interstate cross checking of voter rolls.”

‘He hasn’t been here for years”

Kevin Michael Robinson, who has “lived in Florida for the past five years,” says in the undercover footage that he changed his drivers’ license and voter registration as soon as he moved to Florida from New York.

JOURNALIST: And you’re no longer registered in New York?

ROBINSON: I turned in my license and everything at the DMV… They took my ID, my New York State license and everything at the DMV.

Robinson’s parents, Charlene and Larry corroborated that their son no longer lives in New York:

CHARLENE ROBINSON: He does not live here anymore. He lives in Florida

Larry Robinson also states that there is no other Kevin Robinson registered to their New York address, where their son used to live:

LARRY ROBINSON: No, he’s one and only. Trust me, okay?

Justin Rooney, an official from the Erie County Board of Elections confirmed that Robinson voted in person in New York in 2018 and 2013.

Robinson, who is now in his 30s, assumes that somebody is voting in his name in New York, and that he hasn’t voted in New York in years:

 ROBINSON: Yeah, someone’s voting with my name in New York… I haven’t voted in New York, I mean let’s face it, I was what, 25, 26 when I moved out here…

When told again that voter data shows him voting in 2018 in both Florida and New York, Robinson exclaims concern:

ROBINSON: I care. I care… I mean, of course I have concerns if it’s showing that I’m voting in New York, [be]cause I know I don’t vote in New York.

Robinson reveals that every year since he has moved away from New York, somebody knocks on the door of his old address to find out if he still lives there. Project Veritas believes Robinson could be the victim of voter fraud.

“It was voter fraud apparently”

Michael Bornhorst, another Florida voter and apparent victim of voter fraud, was also told about his active voter history in the state of New York.

BORNHORST: It wouldn’t surprise me if I’m still registered to vote in New York, but I haven’t voted in New York for 13 years.

Bornhorst agrees that he is a permanent Florida resident and does not split time between his home and another state.

The individual who lives in Bornhorst’s old New York address confirms that Bornhorst moved to Florida years ago. When Bornhorst hears that his name and old address appear active on recent voting records, Bornhorst says, “it wasn’t me. It was voter fraud apparently.”

Toni Rayner, an official from the Columbia County Board of Elections in New York states that Bornhorst voted in person during the 2018 and 2004 general elections.

RAYNER: He voted in the general election 2004, and then he voted in the general election 2018…  They both would have been at the polls because he doesn’t have an absentee on file ever.

Project Veritas plans to release more undercover video reports exposing voter fraud. Elections insiders and poll workers can be brave and contact Project Veritas here.

“We’ve been residents in Florida, that’s our old address.”

A third Florida voter, Dwight Mumper, was also told that voting records show he cast a ballot in both Florida and New York during the 2018 elections.

JOURNALIST: We have that you voted in the 2018 general election in Florida, early voting. Is that correct?

MUMPER: Mhm…

JOURNALIST: … We also happened to find this little anomaly that shows that you also voted in um, it says you voted in New York. At [REDACTED ADDRESS,] New Paltz?

MUMPER: Well, we’ve been residents in Florida, that’s our old address.

Mumper says that he hasn’t lived in New York since “probably 2007,” and reiterates that he did not vote in New York in 2018. Mumper says that he is registered to vote in Florida, but voter data still shows that Mumper voted in-person in the 2018 general election in New York.

Like Robinson and Bornhorst, Project Veritas believes Mumper may be a victim of voter fraud.

Faces Behind Voter Fraud

This is the second video in a series of voter fraud investigations conducted by Project Veritas. Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe says that elections insiders and poll-workers can help expose double voting, ballot harvesting, or voting by illegal aliens by visiting www.projectveritas.com/brave.

See the first video in this series.

Wall of Shame: Phillip Bump of Washington Post Prints Correction on Veritas Facebook Investigation

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 16:24

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The Washington Post’s Philip Bump has joined his colleagues on the Project Veritas Wall of Shame after having printed a correction about our Facebook investigation.

NY Republican Votes Twice in 2018 Elections, Casts Mail Ballot in Florida

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:19

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 Undercover Video: NY Resident Peter Gornicki Admits to Voting for Congressional Candidates in NY and FL
 “Yes I did” Vote for Higgins (D-NY 26) and FL Senator Scott (R) in 2018
 “I was at the senior center and they wanted to know if I’m registered… They said do you want to register and vote in Florida?”
 Board of Elections Officials in NY and FL Confirm Gornicki Voted in 2018 General Elections, “by mail” in Florida
Double-Voting in a Congressional Election is a Felony that is punishable by Fines and Prison Time
 “I vote for whatever affects my property… I’ll vote for the Congressman out there, the Senator if any.”

Faces Of Voter Fraud #1: The Double-Voter

(Tallahassee) Project Veritas has released undercover footage which shows how a New York resident voted twice in the 2018 general elections in two different states. The undercover report includes an admission of double-voting from the New York man, as well as confirmed of voter registrations and electoral histories from Board of Election offices in New York and Florida. Voter data from both the New York and Florida Departments of State also confirm the man’s voter history. Federal law and various states prohibit double-voting.

Said Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe:

“When the topic of voter fraud comes up, people often say it doesn’t exist, or that it’s not even possible. For the first time ever, Project Veritas brings you the proof. We go to their front doors.” 

In the undercover video, Peter Gornicki, a Republican voter, acknowledges that he voted in the federal election in both Florida and New York:

JOURNALIST: So you voted for Higgins for U.S. Congress in New York and Scott for Senate and Bilirakis in Florida in 2018, is that correct?

GORNICKI: Yes, I did.

Project Veritas spoke with an official from a Florida Board of Elections office to confirm Gornicki’s double-voting. In Florida, Gornicki voted by mail-in ballot:

JOURNALIST: When was the last time [Gornicki] voted?

PINELLAS COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS: 2018

JOURNALIST: General? Primary? …

PINELLAS COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS: He did vote general and primary.

JOURNALIST: … And he did it, like in person, absentee?

PINELLAS COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS: By mail.

Gornicki voted in New York as well, according to an official from a New York Board of Election office:

JOURNALIST: Did [Gornicki] vote in the, he voted in 2018?

ERIE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS: … He did.

Project Veritas found matching records for Peter Gornicki in the 2018 New York and Florida voter files (redacted file pictured below.)

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According to federal law, citizens cannot vote twice in federal elections:

52 USC 10307 (e)

(1) Whoever votes more than once in an election referred to in paragraph (2) shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

(2) The prohibition of this subsection applies with respect to any general, special, or primary election held solely or in part for the purpose of selecting or electing any candidate for the office of President, Vice President, presidential elector, Member of the United States Senate, Member of the United States House of Representatives…

News media outlets have long reported there is “no evidence” of widespread voter fraud.

Project Veritas plans to release more undercover video reports exposing voter fraud. Elections insiders and poll workers can be brave and contact Project Veritas here.

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