Project Veritas is an American far-right activist group founded by James O’Keefe in 2010. The group uses undercover techniques to reveal supposed liberal bias and corruption. In March 2020, The New York Times published an exposé detailing Project Veritas’ use of spies recruited by Erik Prince, to infiltrate Democratic congressional campaigns, labor organizations and other groups considered hostile to the Trump agenda.
About Project Veritas in brief
Project Veritas is an American far-right activist group founded by James O’Keefe in 2010. The group uses undercover techniques to reveal supposed liberal bias and corruption and is known for producing deceptively edited videos about media organizations, left-leaning groups, and debunked conspiracy theories. In March 2020, The New York Times published an exposé detailing Project Veritas’ use of spies recruited by Erik Prince, to infiltrate Democratic congressional campaigns, labor organizations and other groups considered hostile to the Trump agenda. During the 2016 campaign, the organization falsely claimed to have shown that the Hillary Clinton campaign accepted illegal donations from foreign sources. In 2017, the group was caught in a failed attempt to trick The Washington Post into posting a fabricated story about Roy Moore. Several media outlets have expressed regret for not properly vetting and vetting his work. On April 10, 2012, the political gossip site Wonkette reported that Andrew Breitbart had signed a contract for a $120,000 contract with the group. The contract was later rescinded and Breitbart signed a $100,000 deal with a different conservative group. In September 2009, O’Keefe and his associate, Hannah Giles, published edited hidden camera recordings in which Giles posed as a prostitute and O‘Keefe as her boyfriend, a law student, in an attempt to elicit damaging responses from employees of ACORN. The videos were recorded during the summer of 2009 and appeared to show low-level ACORN employees in six cities providing advice to Giles andO’Keefe on how to avoid detection of tax evasion, human smuggling and child prostitution.
He framed the undercover recordings with him dressed in a pre-face of a preface, which he also wore in TV media interviews, which gave viewers the impression that he had dressed that way when he actually entered the ACORN offices in conservative clothes. In April 2012, Breitbart reported that O”Keefe signed a USD 120,000contract for a. contract with a. conservative group, and that he left ACORN after he reported his activities to the police after he left the office. In August 2013, the conservative group revealed that it had paid O Keefe $1,000,000 to stop him from making the videos. In November 2013, Breitbart revealed that the group had paid him $2,500,000. In December 2013, ACORN issued a statement saying that it was ‘deeply disappointed’ by the Project Verita’s actions and that it would no longer work with the organization. In January 2014, the Center for American Progress, a liberal group, released a statement condemning the group for its ‘deceptive’ and ‘inaccurate’ tactics. In May 2014, The Center for Media and Public Affairs released a report saying that the organization had been ‘unsuccessful’ in its efforts to counter the ‘alt-right’ narrative. In June 2014, a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center said that the Center was “unable to find any credible evidence’ to back up its claims that the alt-right movement is ‘out of control’.