ACORN Investigation - James O'Keefe, Hannah Giles - Project Veritas

Reportage

Description

James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles posed as a pimp and a prostitute for an undercover camera investigation. Some low-level employees of the organization provided earnest answers to the pair's questions about avoiding detection and tax evasion, among other things.  Fox News and Andrew Breitbart's Biggovernment.com (which was launched with these videos) helped to push the story beyond conservative media outlets and draw attention to the pair's findings.  As a result, and after considerable media attention, ACORN was defunded by Congress.

Media History

The reporting was intended for these media types: Magazine, Newspaper, Radio, Television, Internet

Effects and Outcomes

The undercover videos were released within the context of extant allegations of voter fraud and mishandling of funds against the organization. After the considerable negative attention brought upon ACORN by O'Keefe and Hannah Giles's hidden camera recordings, the organization was defunded by congress, and filed for bankruptsy and ceased operations. In 2010, the US Government Accountability Office released a preliminary report that found no evidence of mishandled funds.  As a result of these videos, multiple ACORN offices were investigated at the state level, resulting in the obtaining of the unedited versions of the videos. The unedited tapes paint a much more ambiguous picture of possible ACORN employee misconduct than the versions released by O'Keefe do. 

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