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Project Veritas ordered to pay $120,000 to partners in democracy

Project Veritas ordered to pay $120,000 to partners in democracy

Project Veritas was founded by James O’Keefe and claims its actions are legitimate journalism. They have long used clandestine activities to obtain… 23.09.2022, Sputnik International

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A federal jury finds Project Veritas liable for violating wiretapping laws and misrepresenting itself during its undercover operations by making its ‘Rigging the Election’ videos targeting the political consulting firm democrat Democracy Partners. protected by the First Amendment, according to the court. Project Veritas said it plans to appeal the decision. During closing arguments, Project Veritas attorney Paul A. Calli said “the sole purpose of the operation was journalism.” According to the complaint, Project Veritas infiltrated Democracy Partners by sending an agent to pose as a donor trying to secure an internship with the organization. After $20,000 was wired to the group, Robert Creamer, the co-founder of Democracy Partners, spoke to the woman claiming to be the donor’s niece and offered her an unpaid internship. The agent used a fake name and resume to get the job, then Creamer later said he used ‘heavily edited’ footage in their videos to suggest Democracy Partners planned to incite violence at rallies for the then-candidate Donald Trump and promote voter fraud. Democracy Partners was planning “bracketed” events where they would hold counter-messaging rallies during the Trump and Mike Pence events. The complaint alleges that the Project Veritas operation caused Democracy Partners to lose more than $500,000 in contracts. The partners lost the contracts because the infiltration of Project Veritas damaged their reputation and caused them to lose the contracts, or if they only like the content of the videos which caused them to lose the contract or other contracts. A potential contract, with Dialysis Patient Citizens, was lost because its manager testified that “PR” was the main concern in canceling an appointment with Democracy Partners. However, the court agreed that there was insufficient evidence that the transaction and not the reporting caused the loss of the potential contract. Conversely, two other contracts with Americans United For Change (AUFC) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) were canceled because part of AFSCME’s concern was that Democracy Partners “allowed their offices to be infiltrated by a Project Veritas agent”, and not just because of the videos released by Project Veritas. Meanwhile, the AUFC canceled its contract with Democracy Partners primarily because the AFSCME canceled theirs. In the District of Columbia, plaintiffs need only prove that defendants’ actions were a “substantial factor” in the loss, but do not require it to be the sole cause. The jurors further ruled that the agent intended to breach a fiduciary duty. The judge assigned to the case will assess the damages for this complaint. Democracy Partners said in a statement that they hoped the case would “help deter Mr. O’Keefe and others from carrying out these types of political espionage operations – and from posting selective and misleading edited videos. ” In response to the verdict, O’Keefe said in a statement “Project Veritas will continue to fight for the right of every journalist to gather information, investigate and report wrongdoing – regardless of the power of the party being investigated. .”

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Project Veritas was founded by James O’Keefe and claims its actions are legitimate journalism. They have long used underground activities to obtain embarrassing videos from left-wing organizations.

A federal jury has found Project Veritas liable for violating wiretapping laws and misrepresenting itself during its undercover operations by making its ‘Rigging the Election’ videos targeting the political consulting firm democrat Democracy Partners.

The jury awarded $120,000 to Democracy Partners because Project Veritas’ tactics were not protected by the First Amendment, the court heard.

Project Veritas has announced its intention to appeal the decision. During closing arguments, Project Veritas attorney Paul A. Calli said “the sole purpose of the operation was journalism.”

According to the complaint, Project Veritas infiltrated Democracy Partners by sending an agent posing as a donor trying to secure an internship for his niece with the organization. After $20,000 was wired to the group, Robert Creamer, the co-founder of Democracy Partners, spoke to the woman claiming to be the donor’s niece and offered her an unpaid internship.

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The agent used a fake name and resume to get the job, then secretly recorded conversations and took documents while working in the offices of Democracy Partners.

Creamer then says they used “heavily edited” footage in their videos to suggest Democracy Partners planned to incite violence at rallies for then-candidate Donald Trump and promote voter fraud.

The Democracy Partners were planning “bracketed” events where they would hold counter-messaging rallies during the Trump and Mike Pence events.

The complaint alleges that the Project Veritas operation caused Democracy Partners to lose more than $500,000 in contracts.

At heart of the matter was if Democracy Partners lost the contracts because the infiltration of Project Veritas damaged their reputation and caused them to lose the contracts, or if it was only the content of the videos that caused them to lose the contract or other contracts .

A potential contract, with Dialysis Patient Citizens, was lost because its manager testified that “public relations” was the main concern in canceling an appointment with Democracy Partners. However, the court agreed that there was insufficient evidence that the transaction and not the reporting caused the loss of the potential contract.

Conversely, two other contracts with Americans United For Change (AUFC) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) were canceled because part of AFSCME’s concern was that Democracy Partners “allowed their offices to be infiltrated by a Project Veritas operative,” and not just because of the videos released by Project Veritas.

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Meanwhile, the AUFC canceled its contract with Democracy Partners primarily because the AFSCME canceled theirs.

In the District of Columbia, plaintiffs need only prove that defendants’ actions were a “substantial factor” in the loss, but do not require that it be the sole cause.

The jurors further ruled that the agent intended to breach a fiduciary duty. The judge assigned to the case will assess the damages for this complaint.

Democracy Partners said in a statement they hoped the case “would help deter Mr. O’Keefe and others from carrying out these types of political espionage operations – and from posting misleading and misleadingly edited videos.” selective”.

Responding to the verdict, O’Keefe said in a statement “Project Veritas will continue to fight for every journalist’s right to gather information, investigate and report wrongdoing – no matter how powerful the party being investigated.” .



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