FLORIDA: State Bans Right Wing Extremist James O’Keefe From Fundraising Because Of Criminal Record

The Washington Post reports:

James O’Keefe, the conservative founder of a charity that specializes in undercover videos targeting journalists and liberals, has been personally barred from seeking donations in Florida due to his criminal record, officials said. The ban is part of a wave of scrutiny by regulators in several states after New York officials threatened last week to prohibit Project Veritas from raising money in that state. The charity did not disclose O’Keefe’s 2010 conviction for entering a federal building under false pretenses, as required, New York officials said.

While Project Veritas’s deceptive techniques and splashy videos have attracted attention and acclaim from far-right activists, as well as criticism from others, its past problems with regulators have gained little notice. The charity has previously been sanctioned or denied a license to seek donations in Utah, Mississippi, Wisconsin and Maine, records show, due partly to misstatements and failures to disclose O’Keefe’s conviction for entering a U.S. senator’s office with two men who were posing as telephone repairmen to make a secret recording.

Last month the Washington Post busted O’Keefe trying to sting them with a fake Roy Moore accuser.

  • PickyPecker
  • Joe in PA
  • Boreal
  • bkmn
    • Rebecca

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  • Boreal
  • another_steve

    The Republican Party has more or less morphed into one gigantic criminal enterprise with its head criminal – the mob boss – in the Oval Office of the White House.

    Amazing times, these.

    Amazing.

    • Todd20036

      It’s devolved into the Nazi party. This is 1930s Germany all over again

      • David L. Caster

        More current than that. The US is turning into Putin’s Russia.

        • another_steve

          Trump is on record as being an admirer of dictators. Makes sense that he would seek to emulate them.

          He’s pretty good at it, actually.

      • Bob Conti

        Can Krystalnacht be far off?

        • romanhans

          Actually I’m picturing Melania and Eric going door-to-door demanding everyone’s fur coats and Skittles.

          • Bob Conti

            I’ll give him the poisoned ones.

        • Palmer

          That’s what I fear. And who will be it’s target?

          • Nowhereman

            Probably us.

    • Paula

      This is going to keep happening, too. The Democrats always take the high road. The repubs will do whatever they need to stay in power.
      We are doing the right thing, the honorable thing but, it will lead to our demise.The repubs claim to be the values party, they throw that out in a second to get ahead. They are going to fix the system so Dems never come to power, again.
      I don’t know the answer or how to fix this.
      I don’t put it past Trump and co. to organize incidents to make the left look bad and bring in a more subjugated country.
      Hello Russia, we will be joining you soon.

      • another_steve

        “I don’t put it past Trump and co. to organize incidents to make the left look bad and bring in a more subjugated country.”

        I don’t put it past them either. It was a strategy of Hitler’s and in the day worked pretty well for him.

        Steve Bannon is still advising this White House. We can all be certain of that. Imagine the venomous ideas he’s feeding Trump and his inner circle.

      • Charles Nelson

        It has always bothered me that tens of thousands of Germans (Jews, liberals, artists, LBGTQ, etc) allowed themselves to be hauled away to concentration camps, where many were murdered.
        The modern US Democratic Party seems to have the same pattern of meekness (cowardice?).

    • teeveedub

      Actually, a gigantic international criminal enterprise. When all is said and done, it would not surprise me if it’s confirmed that – in addition to 45* himself being a racist right-wing asshole – is involved up to his beady little eyeballs in Russian money laundering.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I honestly don’t see why anybody would date creeps like them because you know that is the type of tactic they would use to fuck you over if you ever broke up or got into a bad argument with them.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      O’Keefe’s wikipedia page says nothing about his personal life and if he has a girlfirend, boyfriend, or whatever…..
      so nobody wants to date him

      • clay

        He’s “married to his work”
        you know, like a nun.

        • Steverino

          And so, like a nun, he gets none.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Is it illegal to raise donations for anything in the state if you’ve been convicted of any crime? That seems… Strange?

    • ChrisMorley

      The crime involved deception in entering a federal building.

      • gaycuckhubby

        I know. I was just curious at how the law is worded.
        Is it only fraud convictions? Only federal charges?

        • clay

          Not allowed to register as a charity?
          (therefore permitted to raise funds?)

          • Gustav2

            Will it stop internet fundraising?

          • canoebum

            Raising funds as a “charity” would allow his donors to take a tax deduction and for O’Keefe to pay himself handsomely as the Managing Director. But if you’re a known fraudster, disallowing registry as a charity makes sense.

          • gaycuckhubby

            IF that is the case I have a problem with the law. Not this particular case but in general.

  • Christopher
  • That_Looks_Delicious

    I’m sure this will get the Cernovich-Probosec-Bannon-Hoft-Coulter-Milo whaaaambulance whining.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    And the wife of Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas, just gave this criminal an award.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      The Gilead Badge of Courage Award

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    OT – I wish sooo much that this was an actual magazine cover. I’m still giggling about this every time I look at it.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fe22e7fe7d328947975f3a14402b648a523eec5c905b927f6b85b2bba8b4795b.jpg

    • Steverino

      I like the way the illustrator makes Sarah Huckabee Sanders look like Jabba the Hutt in drag.

      • Reality.Bites

        Yeah. Sure. It’s “the illustrator” who did that, not evolution.

      • MirrorMan

        It’s NOT Star Wars cosplay?

      • Sporkfighter

        Jabba had a cuter smile.

        • Outlaw Woman

          … and a shaplier figure.

    • The_Wretched

      I love how the artist captured Pence’s eyes.

      • greenmanTN

        Very Edward Gorey

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Yeah, it took me a little while to get McConnell (needs more neck pouch), but Pence, Ryan, Conway and Sanders were brilliantly instantaneous.

  • Bluto
    • Todd20036

      He’s cute!

      • lattebud

        And he has good rythym.

        • greenmanTN

          And you can dance to it!

  • Henry Auvil

    Wait. Florida did this? I’d think his criminal record and flim-flammery would make him a hero down there.

    • clay

      or, at least, Governor.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    First it’s about time they cracked down on this asshole. And number two, being attached to this group needs to become a political negative for once. I’m still pissed a Supreme Court judge’s wife was fawning over this asshole and why said couple hasn’t been pilloried for that.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Well it’s about time someone put their foot down on the throat of this conman. That it was Florida, of all place, is what I find most surprising.

  • PickyPecker
    • AdamTh

      Actually…. Kind-a, mildy attractive..

      Might be popular at the bath-house…

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Anyone can be popular at the bathhouse with a little assistance.

        https://78.media.tumblr.com/0762d26625fbee7e53a267c5f5b156e7/tumblr_ow8gmvGXSC1symbr7o1_250.jpg

        • Mike_in_the_Tundra

          That can be accomplished with a good shoulder sling.

        • lattebud

          And darkness

        • teeveedub

          I can’t be the only one who needs to know the story behind this photograph.

          • Outlaw Woman

            It looks like one of the photos we found in the false bottom of my grandfather’s WW-2 navy steamer trunk after his death when we were cleaning out his basement.

            Now I wish I got to know him better.

    • lattebud

      We need the court records of his court conviction sent to every state’s attorney general.

    • teeveedub

      As a dear friend of mine would say, “They’s somethin’ wrong with that boy.”

    • Outlaw Woman

      Was that his mugshot from the federal office break-in? Or from the soliciting an undercover cop in the airport mens room arrest?

  • clay

    Fake News
    (not this story, but James O’Keefe)

  • Boreal

    OT:
    Egyptian Christians Reject Meeting With Pence in Protest of Trump’s Jerusalem Decision
    https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/egypt/1.827867

  • Boreal

    OT:
    Snyder to leave Conyers seat open for a year.

    https://www.apnews.com/edf042fe5ba640e382a4b2bf093191e0

    • safari

      Of course

    • Chucktech

      I’m surprised he didn’t replace him with a Republican.

  • People4Humanity
  • Boreal
    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      That asshole needs to go to jail.

    • Cuberly Deux

      “…he said, adding that although Thiel is a “controversial figure”, “I don’t know what his real intentions are, and it’s hard to make a judgment … Undeniably, he has made a large impact in our economy.”

      Paying $150 a month for access to the space? That right there tells you what his intentions are and what draws him to the project. Fuck that libertarian noise!

      • bzrd

        “A fool and his money are soon parted.”
        Thomas Tusser, 1524-1580

    • Sporkfighter

      Yass, announced last month and set to open in the spring, will provide LGBTQ people who pay membership dues access to events and a co-working space and social club, according to founder and CEO Brian Tran.

      How does that work? Straights can’t join? That’s a violation of state law.

  • Bob Conti

    You know, when you’re banned in Florida because of illegal activity, you’ve pretty much hit the lowest of the low.

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      Wasn’t that when he was banned from Mississippi?

      • Reality.Bites

        I think banned from the food court is pretty low.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    If he could be banned from fundraising in the rest of the states, we could rearrange some letters and call it Project I Starve.

  • Tomcat

    Now how about Bakker?

    • leastyebejudged

      IKR, you’d think !

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Bakker does have a criminal record, but I think he already served his time. Bakker is also less egregious of a fraud than O’Keefe. Bakker’s fraud just cons the gullible out of their money; O’Keefe’s fraud attacks the foundations of our democracy.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Flori is being less duh for a change. Good for them.

  • BeaverTales

    O’Keefe doesn’t care about some toothless law…he’ll just send some minion into the state to set someone up if needed. What he’s doing is racketeering, but no one is going to enforce a warrant against him in many places where his BS is admired.

    • leastyebejudged

      Interesting argument for the application of RICO.

      • BeaverTales

        They should have used RICO against the RCC, but religion gets a special pass.

        • Phillip in L.A.

          Well, I may soon be testing whether the Regents of the University of California can be subject to a CIVIL (NOT criminal) RICO case…. I figure it will probably need to go to at least the Second District Court of Appeal, and maybe the California Supreme Court, to get the right answer.

  • Lazycrockett

    Happy Birthday Joy!!

  • safari

    Donald is going to speak at the new Civil Right’s Museum in MS shortly. Expect something stupid.

    • Tomcat

      Him being there IS stupid.

    • Snarkaholic

      “Has George Washington’s estate sued George Washington Carver for copyright infringement? They should!” ~Chump, probably

      • Guess?

        Or “John Lewis didn’t come today because he is a LOSER.”

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      You mean something along the lines of “Boy, that underground railroad – that was a real wild ride. You remember! I hear really good things about this Frederick Douglass. He’s really going places. Look – there’s my African-American. There he is.”

      • Treant

        “I think they called the Underground Railroad the Tubway…”

        • Phillip in L.A.

          You are assuming he knows more than he does, Treant, imho

      • Macbill

        “The Underground Railroad is my favorite ride at DisneyWorld.”

      • William

        “It was nice of April to invite all her relatives, “

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I don’t even know why he went.

      • Tomcat

        Too piss off black people everywhere.

        • teeveedub

          And to create the pretense that his actual racist record isn’t so bad.

      • M Jackson

        I’m sure he doesn’t know why either.

      • Mickey Bitsko

        So his supporters can say “See, he’s not a racist!” and feel warm fuzzies about him and themselves while they pour gasoline on a big cross.

    • Paula

      Who’s idea was it to invite this pig to an event like that?
      CIvil rights and Donald Trump are mutually exclusive.

      • Mickey Bitsko

        The Republican governor probably.

  • Kevin Andrews

    Can’t happen to a more deserving sub-human Hasbara propagandist who is wholly owned and operated by Brietbart and their propagandists and Hasbara trained professional liars. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4eb9d741c0bbe051c258c99be965a67e154b8b8e198271589065c163a6f7e225.png

    • Phillip in L.A.

      If only they had been trained by Hasbro, instead!

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    My rule of thumb is this: If you have to lie and bullshit to push your cause, your cause is bullshit.

  • JT

    His travesty O’Keefe needs an update on his criminal record so he can spend some time in a cell with Bubba.

  • Mickey Bitsko

    If you and I were caught breaking into a U.S. Senator’s office, we’d have gotten jail time, while O’Keefe gets an award from the wife of a Supreme Court Justice.

    What’s wrong with this picture?

  • JCF

    Lock this turd up!!!!

    • LeeCMH

      Or hose it off your driveway.

  • KnownDonorDad

    When you’re too extreme for Florida, that’s saying something.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      And Mississippi and Utah!

  • Robin Bailey

    By what legal stretch his project veritas designated as a charity?

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Have his attorneys filed a(n unsuccesful) “Double Jeopardy” challenge to this yet?