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James O’Keefe & Project Veritas Fact Sheet
Date of Birth: June 28, 1984
Place of Birth: Bergen County, N.J.
College Degree: B.A. in Philosophy (2006) from Rutgers University
College Leadership Role: Founder of The Centurion campus newspaper
First Breakthrough Story: ACORN Undercover Video Series 2009
Project Veritas Founding: June 2010
Project Veritas Tax-Exempt Status: May 2011
Project Veritas Legal Defeats: Zero
Election Impact 2012: Dave Weigel said James O’Keefe had more impact on the election than any journalist.
Election Impact 2014: Heading into the crucial fall elections of 2014, James O’Keefe launched investigations in four key Senate battleground states to expose candidates who were lying to the voters. All four Senate candidates lost on the way to the historic Republican Senate takeover.
Election Impact 2016: The video series, “Rigging the Election,” led to tens of millions of views online, and widespread coverage by major media outlets, including a front-page
cover of The New York Times. This series exposed the dirty tricks operation run by Democracy Partners leader Robert Creamer that fomented violence at events
for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Trump referred to the videos during his third and final debate against Hillary Clinton.
Election Impact 2018: Project Veritas Action Fund investigated six Senate races and two gubernatorial races, leading to viral videos and reactions from the exposed candidates and
campaigns, including these tightly contested races:
In Missouri, Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill lost her seat to GOP state Attorney General Josh Hawley
Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum lost the Florida gubernatorial race to Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis
Democrat Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke lost to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz
Quotes about James O’Keefe:
President Donald Trump: At the 2019 White House Social Media Summit: “There he is, stand up please! (applause) How good--what a great job. Somebody said he's controversial. He's not controversial, he's truthful. He's truthful. That was a great job. That was one of many. Thank you very much. Fantastic.”
Rush Limbaugh: “O’Keefe is doing the kind of things that if anybody can, maybe change journalism.”
Andrew Breitbart: “O’Keefe is already well on his way to being one of the great journalists and deserves a Pulitzer.”
Glenn Beck: “O’Keefe is courageous.”
Jon Stewart: “James O’Keefe is the Ashton Kutcher of the conservative movement.”
George Stephanopoulos: “Upstart James O’Keefe has dealt a major blow to the establishment.”
New York Post: “James O’Keefe is dismissed as a ‘conservative activist,’ but he’s doing something much worse – journalism.”
High Resolution Images of James O’Keefe
Suggested caption: Project Veritas founder and CEO James O’Keefe founded the organization in 2010 and established it as a non-profit journalism enterprise. Today, Project Veritas is the leading practitioner of investigative and undercover journalism and it has more than 30 undercover journalists and insiders working across the country. (Photo courtesy of Project Veritas)
Suggested cutline: James O’Keefe (Photo courtesy of Project Veritas)