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James O’Keefe to Louisiana Democratic Party: Correct the Record or Prepare for Legal Action

On December 2, 2014, Louisiana Democratic Party Communications Director Kirstin Alvanitakis accused (at 4:30 mark on this YouTube video) award-winning video journalist and best-selling author James O’Keefe of “going in and illegally wiretapping a Senate office.”

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  • UPDATE: We hadn’t even completed this press release when Salon accused O’Keefe of trying “to bug Sen. Mary Landrieu’s offices” and being “charged with malicious intent to damage the phone system.”

On December 2, 2014, Louisiana Democratic Party Communications Director Kirstin Alvanitakis accused (at 4:30 mark on  this YouTube video) award-winning video journalist and best-selling author James O’Keefe of “going in and illegally wiretapping a Senate office.” Presumably, Ms. Alvanitakis was referring to the misdemeanor conviction of James for entering Senator Mary Landrieu’s office under false pretenses in 2010.

While in Baton Rouge to  conduct a press conference regarding prosecutorial misconduct, Mr. O’Keefe decided to visit Ms. Alvanitakis in order to provide her an opportunity to correct her statement. On December 4, 2014, accompanied by a small group of conservative activists armed with iPhones, Mr. O’Keefe visited the Louisiana Democratic Party headquarters to provide Ms. Alvanitakis an opportunity to correct the record on cell-phone recorded video.

Videographer Lee Stanahan captured video of the bizarre encounter, which he describes at this link:

You also may recall she’s a little obsessed with muckraking video journalist James O’Keefe, and declared on camera that James O’keefe ‘illegally wiretapped a Senate office (of Senator Mary Landrieu).’ Anything to distract from Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu’s disastrous runoff campaign, which Landrieu seems poised to lose this Saturday.

Illegally wiretapping a U.S. Senator’s office, or anyone’s office for that matter, is a felony, however James O’Keefe never illegally wiretapped any senate office, so today he confronted Alvanitakis, and gave her a chance to retract her comments.

While Alvanitakis was confident in her remarks while on camera with me, the look on her face was priceless when James O’Keefe paid her a visit…

…This video tells it all, when Alvanitakis sees O’Keefe. Not only does she not accept O’Keefe’s offer to retract her comments, O’Keefe then informs her that he will be filing a lawsuit against her as she flees the scene.

“To be clear, the closing document in my case clearly and distinctly indicated that there was never even an intention to wiretap or commit any other felony,” said Mr. O’Keefe. “As the official spokesman for the Louisiana Democratic Party, Ms. Alvanitakis incorrectly accused me of committing a felony. The Louisiana Democratic Party needs to apologize and set the record straight.”

In fact, the “Factual Basis” document in Mr. O’Keefe’s case concludes:

“In this case, further investigation did not uncover evidence that the defendants intended to commit any felony after entry by false pretenses despite their initial statements to the staff of the Senatorial office and GSA requesting access to the central phone system. Instead, the Government’s evidence would show that the defendants misrepresented themselves and their purpose for gaining access to the central phone system to orchestrate a conversation about phone calls to the Senator’s staff and capture the conversation on video, not to actually tamper with the phone system, or to commit any other
felony.”

“They’ve already had a week to correct the record,” said Mr. O’Keefe. “We’ll provide them another 72 hours to apologize and correct their statement on YouTube, the same media source they used to defame me, or they need to be prepared to face legal action.”