41 Facts About Project Veritas


Project Veritas is an American far-right activist group founded by James O'Keefe in 2010.

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Project Veritas uses entrapment to generate bad publicity for its targets, and has propagated disinformation and conspiracy theories in its videos and operations.

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Targets of Project Veritas include Planned Parenthood, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, NPR, CNN, and The Washington Post.

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In 2009, Project Veritas associates published misleading videos that depicted ACORN employees providing advice on concealing illegal activity, causing ACORN to shut down after losing funding; ACORN was cleared of wrongdoing by the Attorney General of California in 2010, and the associates paid a total of $150,000 in settlements to an ACORN employee who sued for defamation.

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NPR CEO Vivian Schiller resigned in 2013 after Project Veritas released a deceptively edited video portraying another NPR executive making controversial comments about the Tea Party movement and NPR's federal funding.

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The suit resulted in two settlements: O'Keefe issued a statement of regret and paid the ACORN employee $100,000 in 2013; the other Project Veritas member paid the employee an additional $50,000 in 2012.

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Project Veritas uses deceptive techniques, including recording people without their knowledge and misrepresenting their employees' identities and purposes.

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Project Veritas was founded in June 2010, but O'Keefe had produced two major deceptive videos before founding the project.

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Project Veritas framed the undercover recordings with a preface of him dressed in a "pimp" outfit, which he wore in TV media interviews.

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Project Veritas said his office would use the video to strengthen staff training.

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Project Veritas commented on the raw tape: "The message that he said most often—I counted six times: Project Veritas told these two people that he had never met before that you cannot buy coverage", Tompkins said.

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Project Veritas struck me as being unstable and joking, and for only that reason did I humor him.

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In 2014, Project Veritas released a video purporting to show illegalities in voter registration activities conducted by Battleground Texas.

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In 2014, at the Cannes Film Festival, Project Veritas released a deceptive video purporting to show that Josh Fox and other environmentalist documentary film makers could be influenced by foreign money.

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Fox released his own recording of the phone call, which showed the Project Veritas video was a misrepresentation.

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On June 1,2017, Creamer's firm, Democracy Partners, filed a $1 million lawsuit against Project Veritas, claiming Project Veritas had lied to gain access to the firm and violating anti-wiretapping laws.

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In September 2022, a jury found that Project Veritas had violated wiretapping laws and misrepresented itself to Democracy Partners, whom the jury awarded with $120,000.

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On January 16,2017, Project Veritas uploaded a video showing DC Antifascist Coalition members of Disrupt J20 plotting to use "stink bombs" at the DeploraBall.

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In October 2016, Project Veritas released a video taken at a United Federation of Teachers holiday party on December 16,2015.

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Project Veritas made comments about Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, calling her an "awful woman" and stating that she "looks like she got hit with a shovel".

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On May 2,2018, Project Veritas posted on YouTube two videos in which a Project Veritas employee, posing as the sister of a non-existent teacher, falsely stated that their fictional brother had pushed a student and expressed concern for their future; the union administrators they were speaking to reassured them.

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Project Veritas obtained a recording of ABC news anchor Amy Robach in an unguarded moment lamenting that her interview had never been broadcast.

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The New York Times wrote that the Project Veritas used only unidentified sources, and provided "no verifiable evidence that Representative Ilhan Omar's campaign had collected ballots illegally, " writing that the story "was probably part of a coordinated disinformation effort".

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Project Veritas describes himself as "part of the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office".

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FOX 9 received the full Snapchat clips from Liban Osman, who alleged that Project Veritas had edited and combined the videos to take them out of context.

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Additionally, Hopkins recounted that when he was interacting with Project Veritas, he was in "so much shock [he] wasn't paying that much attention to what they were telling me".

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Project Veritas continued to promote the postal worker's claims of fraud after they had been discredited.

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On 13 January 2021, Raquel Rodriguez, a former campaign worker was arrested and charged with election tampering, after Project Veritas posted an edited video of the woman, in which she appears to be helping an elderly person fill out a mail-in ballot form and discussing assisting people at the polls.

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Project Veritas released a hidden camera video alleging a voter in New Hampshire had voted twice in 2016.

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The person had been investigated by the New Hampshire State Police and referred to the state Attorney General in 2020, but the investigation languished unresolved until Project Veritas pursued the matter with the Attorney General's office.

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Project Veritas pled guilty and was fined for a civil violation of applying for and receiving a ballot using a false name.

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Project Veritas set up an appointment at his office in Maryland to discuss a video shoot.

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Project Veritas was seen outside Project Veritas' office in Mamaroneck, New York, with her car remaining at the office's parking lot for more than an hour.

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Project Veritas has sued The New York Times over a 2020 story released by the newspaper concerning a Project Veritas video alleging voter fraud in Minnesota.

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Project Veritas released a series of videos, starting on 20 September 2021 and finishing on 6 October 2021, with millions of views on YouTube, showing nurse Jodi O'Malley, who works for the Indian Health Service in Arizona, speaking with a doctor identified as Maria Gonzales.

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O'Keefe said Project Veritas returned the diary to law enforcement and attempted to return it to one of Biden's lawyers, who had "refused to authenticate it".

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Project Veritas has engaged in disgraceful deceptions, and reasonable observers might not consider their activities to be journalism at all.

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Unless the government had good reason to believe that Project Veritas employees were directly involved in the criminal theft of the diary, it should not have subjected them to invasive searches and seizures.

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In March 2022, Project Veritas issued a letter to the special master, alleging that the Justice Department subverted First Amendment protections and secretly seized Veritas' internal emails.

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Project Veritas further alleged that the Justice Department issued gag orders to Microsoft, the host of the emails, barring them from revealing the seizures to Project Veritas.

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Much of the funding for Project Veritas comes from anonymous donations through Donors Trust, a conservative, American nonprofit donor-advised fund backed by the Koch brothers, which according to its promotional materials, says that it will "keep your charitable giving private, especially gifts funding sensitive or controversial issues".

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