How James O’Keefe Maliciously Planted a Spy in Beto O’Rourke’s Campaign and Failed Miserably
James O’Keefe is a self-proclaimed “guerrilla journalist,” who makes a living by spying on Democrats. As part of Project Veritas, and its claim to “help expose corruption,” what he really does is simply record hidden video of his targets and then cuts the video in certain places to take various statements out of context and create a narrative of his own choosing.
You may recall that back in November, James O’Keefe and Project Veritas released a video in which they claimed that Beto O’Rourke’s “campaign workers illegally [used] campaign funds and resources to assist Latin American aliens entering the country.”
This week, Beto O’Rourke’s former campaign manager, Jody Casey, sat down for an interview with the KrassenCast podcast, and spoke about what actually took place. Episode 5 of KrassenCast is now available on iTunes, Youtube and other podcast services.
“James O’Keefe planted people — spies, so to speak — in a lot of campaigns, including ours, and didn’t really come up with much,” Casey told KrassenCast. “I do think that this is going to be a challenge for (future) campaigns. I also think that it’s just a completely horrible, immoral thing to do, and it’s unfortunate that O’Keefe did things like that… We were running a great campaign and we were running a legal campaign and there was nothing that some silly organization that has been discredited many times over was going to find.”
It turned out that the O’Rourke campaign did not do anything that appears to be illegal. Donating campaign funds to non-profit organizations which help immigrants who arrive into the United States is completely legal, as long as it is filed correctly with the FEC.
“[It] was, quite frankly, just ridiculous,” Casey emphasized. “I think HuffPost ran a headline, ‘A mole was planted in Beto O’Rourke’s campaign for three weeks and all they found out was … they had helped the poor’. I don’t think there is anything you can do (in regards to moles). We were an open campaign — open town halls, open office.”
Casey explained how James O’Keefe maliciously placed a spy into their campaign, using Beto O’Rourke’s strong support of American veterans to do so.
“This [mole] specifically in our office had used a story about how a veteran had committed suicide and that’s what brought her to the campaign, and that resonated with the campaign because that’s what Beto was so focused on for six years in Congress, was helping veterans,” said Casey. “I think the people who would believe that Beto was ‘funding the caravan’ probably weren’t going to vote for us in the first place.”
Casey later told HillReporter that this particular mole was a volunteer who had told staffers of the campaign about a friend or family member who was an American veteran, and had committed suicide.
“We had so many volunteers who were veterans that it was a narrative that made sense,” Casey said.