Petitions Delivered to AG Target O'Keefe, Voter Fraud

Pressure is on for NH AG to investigate 'Project Veritas' leader and undercover video shoot.

A coalition of organizations is urging the state Attorney General to investigate right-wing activist James O'Keefe, saying his undercover footage shot during the January Primary at various polling sites violates state and federal election law.

People For the American Way, Daily Kos and Granite State Progress on Thursday delivered 109,931 petitions to New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney urging him to investigate O'Keefe on voter fraud charges.

O'Keefe, who heads Project Veritas, sent undercover operatives to polls in Nashua, and other towns who secretly filmed themselves requesting ballots under the names of recently deceased voters.

The video is posted on the group's website under the heading "Primary of the Living Dead" [and also posted here.]

While O’Keefe's point was to convince Americans that voter fraud is a problem, these groups believe he may have committed fraud himself, and their allegations are backed up by several state election officials, including Nashua City Clerk Paul Bergeron, who said when the filmmakers crossed state lines to request ballots belonging to someone else, and record the undercover video, they broke the law.

"It's against the law to steal, so if you go out and steal and then put up a video and say, 'Look, I stole something,' that's a crime. What these people did was a crime; they stole a person's identity and used it to try to obtain a ballot that would be used in a state election," Bergeron told Nashua Patch in January.

O’Keefe is not deterred, and recently told the Concord Monitor he plans to conduct similar operations in other states.

The petitions urge Delaney and U.S. Attorney John Kacavas to thoroughly investigate O’Keefe and enforce the state and federal laws that prevent and punish voter fraud while allowing eligible Americans to cast their ballots.

“Right-wing activists like James O’Keefe desperately want to convince American voters that widespread voter fraud threatens our elections, just so that they can pass restrictive laws that keep eligible Americans from casting ballots,” said Diallo Brooks, Field Director at People For the American Way.

“James O’Keefe’s New Hampshire stunt disproved the very point he was trying to make. There are already rigorous state and federal laws in place that prevent and punish fraud at the polls – fraud like that allegedly committed by O’Keefe and his supporters. Attorney General Delaney and U.S. Attorney Kacavas should show the people of New Hampshire that they are serious about combatting voter fraud, and investigate O’Keefe and enforce the voter protection laws that are on the books,” Brooks said.

PVLies February 12, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Isnt it ironic that lunatics like OKeefe and Breitbart claim to oppose what they call "big government", when their whole method has always been to falsely malign private citizens by covertly recording them, and falsifying their encounters in a dishonest and slanderous public forum? And all of this in lock step with the agenda of the very dishonest, power-hungry and irresponsible Moloch that the GOP has become? Thats pretty freakin' Orwellian there... as is encouraging a movement of citizens to spy on their neighbors, send the data to Project Veritas, or BigGovernment.com, and have them mush it up into some horsepuckey narrative whose sole purpose is to realize (in the most dishonest terms) the GOP agenda. Its nothing short of archetypically Big-Brother... to the letter. But now, OKeefe and his band of mendacious hypocritical fanatics want to restrict the voting polls... again, in lockstep with the party he serves. How is that NOT "big government?" BTW, does anyone on the Right question the NON DISCLOSURE agreements that litter OKeefe's history? ANyone care to answer why he had his political sugar daddies pay off such a HUGE settlement to Izzy Santa, complete with a binding NON DISCLOSURE agreement? What ever happened to transparency and "veritas"? What's he hiding?
PVLies February 12, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Covertly recording Private Citizens (eg, special ed teacher Alisha Ploshnik, Juan CArlos Vera, KAtherine Conway Russle, etc...) for an underhanded political agenda is bad enough. But falsifying that data to not only malign and endanger those citizens with the most horrendous charges, but to do so in the spirit of actualizing the agenda of an active political party is definitively Big Brother... why do conservatives, who pretend to hate "big government", support O'keefe so blindly, and in complete violation of what they pretend to stand for?
Eric March 14, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Seriously Carol... "right-wing" ??? Careful now, your bigotry is showing. Out of curiousity, I googled how often "right-wing" shows up w/ your name over "left-wing". Of which your RW bigotry is attached 10-fold over LW. Oh, and I usually stop reading any article after demagoguery.
Carol Robidoux March 14, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Eric: Your point is well taken and for future reference, I will be more mindful of the word choice. Quite honestly, it was just meant to underscore the point that among conservatives, James O'Keefe falls into the activist category; there was no value judgement intended. As for demagoguery, where'd you see that in the story? And finally, if you are a regular reader of Nashua Patch, in general you should be aware that we work hard at balance, and giving voice to all sides of every debate. To imply otherwise is disingenuous on your part. However, your feedback is essential to keeping us honest and on our toes, so keep it coming, and please keep reading.
Hilltopper March 14, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Didn't the Nashua Police charge a homeowner for video taping a conversation between the homeowner and a Nashua Police Detective in the homowner's driveway or sidewalk a few years back?? Didn't the AG or Court drop the charges against the homeowner likening the chrage to jaywalking or ripping the tag off the mattress? Methinks if there was a substantial charge that would hold up in Court against O'Keefe it would of been brought forth by now by the AG. I also think I heard, but can't provide any more info with researching it, O'Keefe just got ballots from dead Vermont voters in a similar expose`??


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