Project Veritas

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Project Veritas is an American right-wing activist group.[1][2][3][4]


The group uses "disguises and hidden cameras to uncover supposed liberal bias and corruption."[1] The group's productions have been widely criticized and dismissed as misleading, fabricated or taken out of context⁠.[5][2][6][7][8]


It was founded in 2010 by James O'Keefe.[9]

O'Keefe was sued for defamation by a man he wrongfully depicted as a "willing participant in an underage sex-trafficking scheme"; the suit led to a settlement in 2013, in which O'Keefe issued an apology and paid $100,000.[10]

In 2017, it was caught in a failed attempt to trick the The Washington Post into posting a fabricated story about Roy Moore.[3][11][12][2]

O'Keefe has been barred from fundraising for Project Veritas in Florida and other states because of his federal criminal record for entering a federal building under fraudulent pretenses.[13][14]

Funding and organization[edit]

Much of the funding for Project Veritas comes from anonymous donations through Donors Trust, a conservative, American nonprofit donor-advised fund backed by the Koch brothers, which according to its promotional materials, says that it will "keep your charitable giving private, especially gifts funding sensitive or controversial issues."[15][16] Prominent donors include the Trump Foundation, which, in May 2015, donated $10,000.[17][18]

The group's affiliate is the Project Veritas Action Fund.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b N Carolina woman sues Project Veritas, founder for libel. Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press, May 21, 2019
  2. ^ a b c Ed, Pilkington (November 29, 2017). "Project Veritas: how fake news prize went to rightwing group beloved by Trump". The Guardian. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Haag, Matthew (27 November 2017). "Woman Tried to Dupe Washington Post With False Claim About Roy Moore, Paper Says". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  4. ^ Biddle, Sam (June 11, 2019). "Right-Wing sting group Project Veritas is breaking Facebook's "authentic behavior" rule. Now what?". The Intercept. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  5. ^ Newton, Casey (27 June 2019). "Project Veritas' YouTube sting was deeply misleading — and successful". The Verge. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  6. ^ "Project Veritas' Election 2016 'Rigging' Videos". Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  7. ^ Folkenflik, David (March 14, 2011). "Elements of NPR Gotcha Video Taken out of Context". NPR. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  8. ^ Poniewozik, James (March 13, 2011). "The Twisty, Bent Truth of the NPR-Sting Video". TIME. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Kenneth P. Vogel, James O'Keefe, Practitioner of the Sting, Has an Ally in Trump, New York Times (December 7, 2017).
  10. ^ Friedersdorf, Conor (March 8, 2013). "Andrew Breitbart and James O'Keefe Ruined Him, and Now He Gets $100,000". The Atlantic. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  11. ^ "A woman approached The Post with dramatic — and false — tale about Roy Moore. She appears to be part of undercover sting operation". Washington Post.
  12. ^ "Project Veritas head mocks Washington Post's handling of hoax". Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  13. ^ Boburg, Shawn (December 8, 2017). "Florida bars Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe from fundraising due to criminal conviction". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  14. ^ Post, Washington. "Project Veritas leader James O'Keefe barred from fundraising in Florida". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  15. ^ Mayer, Jane (May 20, 2016). "Sting of Myself". The New Yorker. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  16. ^ Robert O'Harrow Jr., Project Veritas received $1.7 million last year from charity associated with the Koch brothers, Washington Post (December 1, 2017).
  17. ^ Israel, Josh (October 20, 2016). "Trump used his foundation to fund guerrilla filmmaker James O'Keefe". ThinkProgress. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  18. ^ Caldwell, Leigh Ann (October 21, 2016). "Trump Foundation paid filmmaker who claims Clinton paid to incite violence at Trump rally". CNBC. Retrieved October 23, 2016.