We exposed waste and corruption behind the stimulus-funded “Green Jobs”. Top New York union bosses were caught in candid discussions regarding a federally-funded program known as “Green Jobs, Green New York,” with one leader calling much of the $112 million program “bullshit.”
It also captures union officials discussing their lobbying power with state and federal officials in passing of “job bills,” which help fund this scheme.
“The purpose of our investigation is to illustrate that many of the jobs being championed — and funded — by the Obama administration are merely paper positions that come at great expense to the American taxpayer. Digging holes just to fill them up again is not meaningful work, nor does it produce economic output for a recovery.” –James O’Keefe
Legislators, Union Bosses Seek Funding for Digging Holes & Filling Them Back In
Undercover reporters posing as "Earth Supply and Renewal", a group dedicated to digging holes and filling them back in, meet with labor bosses, a NY Legislator, and a former NY Assemblyman, who tell them how to secure funding for "bullshit" Green Jobs.
Shelly Silver Responds to our video
After our video was released, Shelly Silver’s spokesman Michael Whyland commented in The Observer, saying “This is not reporting. This is not journalism. It doesn’t even rise to the level of a comic strip. This is the kind of stuff that gives honest reporters a bad name.” The Observer
Earth Supply & Renewal Investigates SEIU
Undercover reporters posing as "Earth Supply and Renewal" meet with the President of the SEIU in Newark, NJ who explains how Green Jobs depends on Democrats being in office and how they receive support from the Union. He’s also caught telling of the Union’s disdain for Newark Mayor Corey Booker.
Shelly Silver Resigns Amid Corruption Charge Scandal
Three years after our video was released, Shelly Silver was found to have been collecting millions of dollars in bribes from the state. He resigned in disgrace, proving that our video was foreshadowing.
Major Media Coverage
7/18/12 "James O’Keefe Takes on Shelly Silver, NY’s Unions And Lawmakers In Incriminating New Video" Observer
7/18/12 "Latest O’Keefe video: Seeking advice from unions on obtaining government funding for hole digging and re-filling service" Michelle Malkin
7/18/12 "O'Keefe Rises: Union Bosses Okay Digging Up-Then Filling Back In-Ditches on Taxpayers' Dime" Breitbart
7/18/12 "And now, a word from Earth Supply and Renewal" The Daily Caller
7/18/12 "Silver Spokesman: James O’Keefe’s Latest Video ‘Doesn’t Even Rise to The Level of A Comic Strip’" Observer
Additional Media Coverage
7/18/12 "James O'Keefe Fails To Find A Scandal, Union And Public Works Edition" Media Matters
7/18/12 "Project Veritas undercover video exposes shovel-ready jobs farce" Legal Insurrection
7/17/12 "O’KEEFE VIDEO: ‘Earth Supply And Renewal’ Scam Embraced By Union Goons In NY" The Hayride
2/17/15 "Candid Camera? An Interview with Conservative Activist James O'Keefe" Straus Media
7/18/12 "Green Scams - Project Veritas Investigates Union Fraud in America" MRC
7/18/12 "Project Veritas: Legislators, Union Bosses Seek Funding for Digging Holes and Filling Them Back In" MRC
7/19/12 "James O'Keefe targets unions. Unedited video makes for awkward hilarity" Daily Kos
7/18/12 "Now look what they're shoveling with 'green jobs'" WND
7/18/12 "Ron Tocci, brother and union leader featured in latest James O’Keefe video project" TimesUnion
7/28/12 "Union Boss Says Green Jobs Are Bull****" NLPC
7/18/12 "Project Veritas: Legislators, Union Bosses Seek Funding for Digging Holes and Filling Them Back In" Canada Free Press
7/18/12 "Undercover Video: Van Jones, Union Bosses and Green 'Bulls*** Jobs'" PJ Media
7/18/12 "EXPOSED: Union Corruption Behind ‘Shovel Ready Green Jobs’ *video*" Before It's News
7/18/12 "Former New York State Assemblyman Ron Tocci Appears in Project Veritas Video Mocking Obama "Green Jobs" Stimulus Programs" Talk of the Sound