A controversial conservative videographer who targeted the group ACORN and pleaded guilty to entering the offices of a United States senator under false premises has set his sights on the Office of the Attorney General.
James O’Keefe and Project Veritas held a teleconference with conservative groups in Maryland Monday afternoon in advance of a video that will be released Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. on the conservative site The Daily Caller.
“It’s going to be an exciting video for Marylander conservatives, and it’s going to be very helpful for you all to spread the word through your networks in the state.” Stephen Gordon, director of special operations and senior communications strategist for Project Veritas, wrote in an email to Maryland conservative groups and bloggers. “We’re predicting that we’ll be able to get this guy fired for what he said, but it will require your help to keep up the pressure.”
In a brief interview, Gordon declined to provide specifics of the video that will be released or the employee inside the attorney general’s office and cited a contractual agreement with The Daily Caller website. Gordon said the video would feature “sex, guns and egregious ethical violations.”
A second email announcing the video release and soliciting donations was sent Monday evening to conservative groups. That email, which was provided by Gordon, uses similar wording.
David Nitkin, a spokesman for Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, said he was not aware of the video or its purported content.
O’Keefe, the darling of some conservative groups, is known for his own brand of undercover filmmaking that has been the subject of scathing rebuke by liberal groups as well as civil and criminal proceedings.
In 2009, he produced and released edited videos purporting to illegal acts by members of the liberal activist group ACORN in which O’Keefe posed as a pimp. He was arrested in 2010 in the the offices of Democratic former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu after attempting to record conversations.
O’Keefe paid $100,000 to a man employed by ACORN who said he was not a willing participant but had been surreptitiously recorded. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges related to the incident at Landrieu’s office. He was sentenced to three years probation, 100 hours of community service and a $1,500 fine. Three others who were arrested with O’Keefe were sentenced to two years probation, 75 hours of community service and a $1,500 fine.