O’Keefe-Brietbart Tape Voter ID Sting Operation
1 year ago
Right wing citizen journalists lie to Washington poll workers to make case for suppression laws
It seems some far right wing groups can't prove their points without breaking a few laws in the process.
Rule-bending media activist James O’Keefe and his non-profit, Project Veritas, has released to Brietbart.com a video of attempted voter fraud.
The three-minute clip, edited together with an interview U.S. attorney Eric Holder gave on voter ID laws, shows an actor trying to vote under Holder’s name, in last week’s GOP primary in Washington, D.C.
“I actually forgot my ID,” the actor tells the unsuspecting poll worker.
“You don’t need it, it’s alright,” the worker responds. "As long as you’re in here, you’re on our list, and that’s who you say you are, you’re okay.”
The actor goes on to express his discomfort with not being asked to show his ID, which he conveniently “left in the car.” The actor them leaves and does not actually vote under Holder's name. But the taped encounter is used to show how easy it appears to be to vote in place of someone else.
O’Keefe and Brietbart.com, the site that broke news of the video, is known for selectively editing videos like it to make the subjects appear in the worst light possible. In 2009, O’Keefe posed as a pimp to “infiltrate” ACORN, a poorly staffed, federally funded community-organizing outfit. ACORN's voter registration drives successfully targeted African Americans and Latinos.
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It’s unclear whether Holder was made aware of O’Keefe’s latest stunt. But it could leave the group in hot water with the government’s top law enforcement agency.