James O'Keefe is the president of Project Veritas, a non-profit organization dedicated to training citizen journalists nationwide. James’ investigations expose corruption and malfeasance in major taxpayer-funded institutions, including ACORN, Planned Parenthood, NJEA, NPR and Medicaid.
James is most well-known for his 2009 ACORN investigation, which exposed systematic corruption in multiple offices, such as the facilitation of child prostitution, human trafficking and tax evasion. The U.S. House and Senate promptly voted to defund ACORN and the U.S. Census cut ties with the group. The organization was ultimately forced to disband.
Other well known investigations include NPR. The sting involved NPR executive Ron Schiller and senior director Betsy Liley; the two agreed to receive a $5 million donation from a fictions Muslim organization. Schiller proudly proclaimed that NPR is independent, much more so than the “Jewish controlled newspapers.” He also discussed his disgust of the Tea Party, The Republican Party, and Evangelical Christians. The two executives later resigned. The House of Representatives voted to defund NPR.
In the summer of 2011, Project Veritas led an investigation into Medicaid office in six states. In every state Medicaid workers helped cover obvious cases of abuse and fraud on the applications. As a result of the investigation, workers were retrained in Maine and Ohio, the attorney generals in Ohio and Virginia called the videos “outrageous” and “troubling” and sought further investigations.
In addition to his own undercover investigations , James is committed to empowering the next generation of citizen journalists. From student newspaper editors to bloggers to video producers to journalists, enterprising muckrakers across the country look to James for inspiration, advice, and encouragement. Through Project Veritas, James has personally trained and equipped dozens of citizen journalists in an effort to create transparency in government spending.
James O’Keefe is a graduate of Rutgers University. He has received a Congressional Resolution praising him for his work and is a recipient of the Robert Novak Award for Journalistic Excellence. He has been named “Fox News Power Player of the Week” twice by Chris Wallace.
“James O’Keefe has done more to end liberalism than any Republican from Wisconsin” - Ann Coulter
“James O’Keefe is the Ashton Kutcher of the conservative movement” - Jon Stewart
“Upstart James O’Keefe has dealt a major blow to the establishment” - George Stephenopolous
(On the NPR Investigation) “I’d say this is a grand slam, home run” - Rush Limbaugh
(On NJEA Video) “Go watch this video. It’s enlightening, it’s enraging.” - Governor Chris Christie
“James O’Keefe is dismissed as a ‘conservative activist,’ but he’s doing something much worse — journalism” - New York Post
“O’Keefe aims to discredit us” - Bill Keller, Executive editor of the New York Times
“O’Keefe is courageous” - Glenn Beck
“O'Keefe "is already well on his way to being one of the great journalists" and deserves a Pulitzer” - Andrew Breitbart
“O'Keefe is a "pioneer in journalism." - Sean Hannity