At a press conference, Project Veritas Action Fund (PVA) President James O’Keefe released raw footage from three videos PVA distributed in February regarding voter fraud and Federal Election Commission violations associated with the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. During this press conference, O’Keefe was served by an investigator for the NH Attorney General’s office with a Grand Jury subpoena ordering him to surrender the video.
On February 10, 2016, PVA released a video entitled “Out of state voters and non-residents offered ballots in New Hampshire presidential primary.” The video received substantial media coverage, especially in the Granite State. In a letter dated February 17, New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Stephen LaBonte sent Project Veritas Action a formal notice to preserve evidence because of an ongoing investigation, threatening criminal prosecution for non-compliance with his demands. The letter does not specify whether PVA or the subjects of the undercover video are the targets of the AG’s investigation.
On February 18, PVA release the second video of this series, entitled “BUSTED ON HIDDEN CAM: Sanders Staff Illegally Using NH Campaign Office Address to Vote.” A very similar letter from Mr. LaBonte requested PVA’s cooperation in turning over all of the raw footage from that video.
A week later, PVA released a third video, entitled “Australian Labor Party Assisting Democratic US Campaigns in Violation of Campaign Finance Laws.” This video shows Australians talking about how they are here in the United States working for the Sanders campaign at the expense of the Australian Labor Party, which is a clear violation of FEC laws. Again, Mr. LaBonte sent PVA a similar threatening letter.
On April 11, 2016, Project Veritas Action sent a sworn affidavit to LaBonte, along with a request to have Project Veritas Action and James O’Keefe excused from appearing before a Grand Jury on April 14. On April 12, 2016, LaBonte replied saying, “Based on Mr. [retracted] sworn statement I believe the previously served grand jury subpoena has been satisfied, as such Mr. O’Keefe is not required to appear on April 14, 2016.”
Now that LaBonte is no longer trying to shoot the messenger, Project Veritas Action is wondering whether or not he is going to investigate the voting irregularities and election malfeasance that Project Veritas Action caught on camera.