Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe notes that his organization did an undercover video about possible vote fraud in Kentucky, and Democrat Senate challenger Alison Grimes went from a four-point poll lead to a 16-point loss.
In Arkansas, Democrat Mark Pryor was polling down seven points before a Project Veritas’ undercover video, and he lost by 17 points.
In Colorado, incumbent Democrat Mark Udall was trailing by a small margin but lost by three points after Project Veritas’ work in that state.
And in North Carolina, considered a tossup Senate seat in the 2014 race, Democrat incumbent Kay Hagan went from a two-point lead to a two-point loss to Republican Thom Tillis after videos released by Project Veritas.
So does the undercover work of guerrilla journalists like O’Keefe make a difference?
He thinks so, for several reasons, and so do others.
In an interview with WND/Radio America, O’Keefe explained local media outlets pay attention when there are allegations of vote fraud against their candidates, especially if there is video to back the claims.
“The local media makes all the difference. In all these races, Denver Post, Charlotte Observer, all these newspapers have covered the videos … showing that there is fraud, that these people are breaking the law. And I think that’s what makes the difference. It’s not about the national media now. It’s about the local media, and that’s where we often fight these battles.”
He said in the interview with Radio America’s Greg Corombos that his work simply is revealing the truth, not endorsing or campaigning.
“Bloomberg News had an article where they credited Veritas with making the difference in these close Senate races, but we did videos in North Carolina recently and as you point out, the attorney general was issued a complaint by the Republican Party,” O’Keefe said. “What’s remarkable is the local media coverage in these different states. After the campaign manager was fired last week after encouraging a noncitizen to vote – that was our undercover reporter posing as a noncitizen – every local TV station was at the press conference.
“So I really think it’s a new type of journalism that has prompted local media to pay attention while the nationals don’t care. I think the local media is where it counts. I think people are fed up with the idea of fraud. In Colorado, it wasn’t just them nodding their heads. In Colorado, the official actually identified a location where our undercover reporter could actually go to retrieve mail-in ballots in the trash. She said go to the ‘ghetto,’ was her word, and take the African-American and Mexican ballots because ‘they don’t care.’
“These are really outlandish statements that we caught on tape that I think shocked people. In North Carolina, it was a one or two-point differential that could have made the difference,” he said.
O’Keefe said he believes the revelations dissuade some people from trying shenanigans.
Listen to the WND/Radio America interview with James O’Keefe:
“I think it absolutely does. I think we’re starting to see a cultural revolution. People are afraid of being caught doing illegal things. What was remarkable up in North Carolina was toward the end of the video, you actually see an election official [who] asks for my ID. So I was offered a ballot every time except once when a poll worker actually did the wrong thing – or did the right thing – and broke the rules and asked for my driver’s license. I think there’s a shift. People are afraid of doing the wrong thing because they’re afraid they might get caught saying that on a hidden camera. Whether people are doing it out of virtue because they want to behave right or they’re just afraid of getting caught, I think that’s exactly what the mission of Veritas is, is to encourage society to be more ethical and transparent.”
The concrete result of his work is that Voter ID laws are being given more consideration.
“Sources tell me in North Carolina that they were able to get that Voter ID implemented in 2016 – it was not implemented this year but it will be – many people have said that’s directly because of our videos in the past. New Hampshire passed a Voter ID law. Minnesota passed a constitutional amendment for photo ID. Virginia passed a photo ID bill two years ago … Perhaps the most remarkable, after we were offered Eric Holder’s ballot in Washington, D.C., in 2012, there was a picture of Eric Holder put on his voting precinct.
“So Eric Holder instituted photo ID for himself after we were offered his ballot, although he doesn’t like it for anybody else. There’s been a sort of movement to pass these laws after these videos have come out because people realize that in-person voter fraud is now possible,” he said.
Any vote fraud, down to a single faked result, is a concern, he said.
“Some of these races can be decided by the smallest of margins. Like at one point in the Connecticut race, CNN had after one of the polls, it was just seven votes – a seven vote differential. I wish I had my cameras in Hartford and Bridgeport. I wish my cameras could be everywhere. I hear a lot of people say stuff like, ‘Well, these buses pick people up.’ Some of the things that people say are not true. In Philadelphia, a lot of people have said 100 percent of the precincts voted for Obama. The sources I’ve talked to in Philadelphia tell me maybe one or two precincts with a few hundred people, but that doesn’t seem like an anomaly. Most of them are African-Americans voting for President Obama. Some of these tips don’t pan out. Some of them do.
“But I think some of these races – like the Al Franken race was decided by 200 votes. Florida was decided by a small margin – it could make the difference sometimes. In North Carolina, the anomaly was 1,000 people were registered to vote who were noncitizens. That matters. So it’s important to clean up the system, to encourage people to behave virtuously, to put these officials on defense to make sure they’re cleaning up their rolls. These are all important things. I think Veritas encourages that to happen because we did it on tape, it’s undeniable, and that’s the difference.”
O’Keefe is not done with the 2014 midterm election, with Democrat incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu in a Dec. 6 runoff.
“One of my favorite senators, as your audience may know, is Mary Landrieu. Back in 2010, I got into some trouble walking into that federal building with a camera. It was a bogus prosecution. The U.S. attorney’s office resigned. But guess what: We’re not done with Mary Landrieu. We have a video coming out soon. We have potential electioneering, and we just have to potentially get some more, but the notion of poll workers who tell you who to vote for – which is highly illegal in Louisiana. So we’re investigating that. We may have something that we’re going to release,” he said.