Gillum Makes Promises He Can’t Keep, “that’s not for [voters] to know” Says Campaign Staff in Undercover Video

[icon size=”14″ icon=”icon-circle-full” display=”true” ][/icon]Empty Promises Exposed: “Fairy tales in the modern day begin with ‘once I am elected.'”
[icon size=”14″ icon=”icon-circle-full” display=”true” ][/icon]Deceiving Voters: “None of the programs that people are hoping for would happen” but “That’s not for [voters] to know.”
[icon size=”14″ icon=”icon-circle-full” display=”true” ][/icon]Candidate’s True Politics: “Gillum is a Progressive” and “He is a part of the crazy, crazy, crazies.”
[icon size=”14″ icon=”icon-circle-full” display=”true” ][/icon]Election Strategy: “You whip ’em up. The poor, the middle income. You have to whip them up into a frenzy in order for them to vote.”
[icon size=”14″ icon=”icon-circle-full” display=”true” ][/icon]Secret Gun Control Agenda Revealed: “three day waiting period for everybody,” “small steps” to ban assault rifles; “I don’t think he can say it [be]cause he’s trying to get the moderates”
[icon size=”14″ icon=”icon-circle-full” display=”true” ][/icon]Florida is a “F***ed up,” “cracker state,” “you have to appeal to white guilt”


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(Tallahassee) Project Veritas Action Fund has released undercover video from Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum’s campaign, revealing his election strategy includes making empty promises to voters. This is the seventh undercover video report Project Veritas has released in a series revealing secrets and lies from political campaigns in 2018.

Said James O’Keefe, founder and president of Project Veritas Action:

“What we found in the Gillum campaign was just what we found in Missouri, Tennessee and Arizona, a candidate lying to the voters he needs to win the election.”

Gillum campaign makes promises it knows it can’t keep

Featured in this report is a campaign staffer who works on Andrew Gillum’s gubernatorial campaign. Omar Smith, who says he went to college with Gillum, reveals Gillum cannot fulfill his campaign promises even if he wanted to.

When asked how Gillum would fund all the programs he says he wants to fund, Smith says Gillum “can’t,” and when asked if voters are aware that Gillum cannot deliver on his proposed programs, Smith says:

SMITH: “That’s not for them to know… That’s not for them to know. Remember our saying, modern day fairy tales start with ‘once I am elected.'”

Smith explains that most of Gillum’s campaign promises could never be implemented, and that the Gillum campaign knows this:

SMITH: “So, let’s go back to Mr. Gillum’s platform, right? Raise the corporate tax in Florida from 7 to 11 percent. That will never happen. Raise teacher’s pay to $50,000, that will never happen. Give me another position. Medicare for all, that will never happen. The reason being, the legislature that write the bills is all Republican controlled. Democratic governor, Republican legislature. So, unless the legislature writes a bill, and it got voted on the floor, it cannot pass.”

Smith says that “the rules in Florida are f***ed up” and that Florida is a “cracker state,” explaining that the Florida legislature has to become racially black for Gillum’s agenda to advance.

“Whip up” the poor into a “frenzy in order for them to vote.”

Smith says that in order to get voters on board with Gillum’s fairy tale platform, the campaign must “whip” lower income individuals “into a frenzy.”

SMITH:  “You whip ’em up. The poor, the middle income. You have to whip them up into a frenzy in order for them to vote. Once Gillum is in, in another 2 years, other Republican Senators and Legislators will be on the ballot. So, you have to whip up the Andrew Gillum voters again in those counties to vote out the Republican to get a Democratic Legislature in order for his (Gillum) will to be executed.”

Smith adds that because not all Democratic voters are the same, that the Gillum campaign needs to appeal to “white guilt” to turn out the vote:

SMITH: “You have to appeal to white guilt… [be]cause that’s what it is.”

Smith also explains that the Gillum campaign can’t let voters know what Gillum’s true agenda is before election day:

SMITH: “… We don’t, do we have to let [the voters] know what the agenda is ahead of time? We can’t… We cannot… You alienate everybody. Then you get painted like, oh, Gillum is being painted, no. You are a socialist, you are way out of left field…”

Gillum is a “crazy, crazy,” Democrat

Smith also explains Gillum’s political worldview, saying that “Gillum is a progressive… He is a part of the crazy crazy crazies.”

Cliff Eserman, who works for the Broward County Democratic Party adds that during the Democratic primary, Gillum had to campaign on values he does not really believe:

ESERMAN: “In order to win he had to be… He’s really left of center. So he was being left, not left of center… For the primary. Now [in the general] he’s going back to left of center.”

Dale Holeness, who is the Broward County Commissioner and also works on Gillum’s campaign, explains Gillum’s gun control views:

HOLENESS: “There ought to be at least a three-day waiting period for everybody and a full background check for everybody… And we need to- And these automatic guns with sixteen rounds a minute, they ought to not be on the streets either, so that’s his plan.”

Adrian Young, who works for the Florida Democratic Party also elaborates on Gillum’s gun control views in the report:

YOUNG: “… I do think he’s not saying specifically like I’m going to ban bump stocks or I’m against ATs, only because he’s running a race right now. I do think he would support anybody doing that stuff, Bill Nelson… But I don’t think he can say it just [be]cause he’s trying to get the moderates and the gun-toting people in North Florida…”

More Elections…

This is the seventh release in a series Project Veritas Action Fund began publishing in October 2018 exposing dishonesty and unethical conduct in elections across the country. Project Veritas Action Fund will continue to publish undercover reports in this series.

View the other investigative reports in this series:

Project Veritas Action Fund Suing Massachusetts in Federal Court Over First Amendment Protections Afforded in Other States

In order to better protect the First Amendment rights of Massachusetts journalists, Project Veritas Action Fund (PVA) has initiated legal action in U.S. District Court against Suffolk County, Massachusetts District Attorney Daniel Conley. The suit, Project Veritas Action Fund v. Conley, challenges the Commonwealth’s eavesdropping law which unconstitutionally restricts legitimate newsgathering techniques protected by law in most other states.

At issue is that journalists could be charged with a felony (maximum five years in prison and a $10,000 fine) for engaging in undercover newsgathering even when it involves secretly recording public officials and political candidates in public places. Under current law, journalists could be charged with a misdemeanor (maximum two years and $5,000 fine) merely for possessing undercover recording equipment. 

“There is universal agreement that the First Amendment was designed to protect citizens holding their government accountable,” stated PVA counsel Ben Barr. “But Massachusetts ignores that principle by maintaining one of the most restrictive recording laws in the nation.  The result is that investigative journalists willing to expose corruption can go to prison just for shining the light of transparency on backroom deals.  We intend to secure the rights of journalists in Massachusetts by allowing them to record matters of public concern.”

In most states, “one-party” consent laws allow journalists to record conversations without the consent of the individual being recorded. A few states require “two-party” consent, but allow for recording where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy.  Both types of consent laws allow at least minimal First Amendment protections for investigative journalists; however, current Massachusetts code is so restrictive that journalists face potential jail time for shining the light of transparency on public malfeasance.

“Because corrupt politicians don’t broadcast their fraud, waste and abuse on television or from a podium at a campaign rally, it’s critical that undercover reporters be allowed their constitutional rights in order to inform the public about wrongdoing at taxpayer expense,” said PVA president James O’Keefe. “The current laws protect and indemnify the guilty. Our job is to shine the spotlight of truth to expose their dirty laundry.”

The Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief was filed on Friday, March 4, 2016 in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Boston Division.

New Hampshire Voter Fraud Video Subpoena Dismissed

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.

O’Keefe Fires Shot Across the Bow at Hillary Campaign, Warning That “This is Just the Tip of the Iceberg”

Award-winning journalist and New York Times’ best-selling author James O’Keefe released a powerful new undercover video today exposing a concerted effort by Hillary Clinton’s campaign to circumvent Iowa election laws. This is in direct contradiction with what the Clinton campaign told veteran presidential reporter, Zeke Miller of TIME Magazine. According to a recent report by Miller “A Clinton official said the campaign is confident it upheld the law.”

Despite vigorous assertions to the contrary from the Clinton campaign, this latest video from O’Keefe’s Project Veritas Action clearly demonstrates that paid Clinton staffers were quite comfortable in their maneuvering to violate the spirit, if not the letter, of the law. Making matters worse, not only were these paid staffers engaging in such questionable behavior, they were actually instructing volunteers and interns to engage in the same sort of behavior.

Sterner, a paid Clinton staffer was captured on Project Veritas Action’s undercover cameras stating “we don’t want to make our focus voter registration because then we have to like register everyone regardless of whether they’re supporters or not… And so that’s why I want to keep like our primary focus on, “Hey are you a Hillary supporter? And then if not, then like great move on, you know?”

Conversely, according to a Hillary spokesperson, as reported by TIME Magazine, the campaign “maintains that its policy is to register all voters, regardless of their preference in candidates.”

Shortly after Sterner made these comments she banished our journalist from campaign offices.

“Hillary Clinton and her top advisers have some serious explaining to do as it pertains to their campaign’s obligation to honor both the spirit and the letter of the law” said Project Veritas Action President James O’Keefe.  “There are two lessons in this story,” continued O’Keefe, “first, if you are not doing anything wrong you can’t get caught and second, as Hillary is soon to learn the hard way, if you do something wrong, make sure you don’t get caught on camera.”

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

Final 72 Hours Provided to Apologize and Set the Record Straight or Face Legal Repercussions

James O’Keefe Responds to Being Accused of “Illegally Wiretapping” US Senator by Louisiana Democratic Party Spokesman

Videographer Lee Stranahan Captures Bizarre Behavior from Democratic Official

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.

Text Box: Instead of responding to a simple media request, Louisiana Democratic Party spokesman Kirstin Alvanitakis bizarrely left her office and walked down the streetWhile 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

“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.”

James O’Keefe Wins YCC Buckley Award

At their annual awards ceremony, The Young Conservatives Coalition awarded five people, including investigative journalist James O’Keefe, their 2014 Buckley Awards. The YCC is a DC-based leadership, educational and networking association for young conservative professionals.

YCC awards the Young Professional Conservative Leadership “Buckley Award” to five “young professionals in recognition of significant achievements in advancing the conservative cause.” “The award is in honor of William F. Buckley, Jr. – the intellectual godfather of the modern conservative movement, who founded National Review and wrote God & Man at Yale all before the age of 30,” according their website.

“James O’Keefe truly is a hero among us,” began Let Freedom Ring USA President Colin Hannah in his introduction of O’Keefe. “James O’Keefe personifies courage in a way that very few of us can even fully comprehend.”

“It’s been quite a wild ride for me, these last five years,” said O’Keefe when accepting the award.

“The media is no longer really biased, O’Keefe stated in his speech. “They are now actively engaged in news suppression.”

O’Keefe added to his critique of the mainstream media: “In journalism today, you must be adversarial. It’s very difficult to be a part of the machine and be a journalist. You must branch out on your own.”

Following the event, Project Veritas interviewed two key people involved with the awards presentation.

“James O’Keefe’s brand of investigative journalism has yielded serious results,” said YCC President Chris Malagisi. “He’s played a critical role in helping advance conservative principles in a unique way, and the YCC is proud to honor him and his courageous work.”

“I think he finally put to rest this notion that voter fraud is a myth, because he proved without any shadow of a doubt how easy it was for people who are not the voter in question to in fact show up and cast a fraudulent vote,” added Colin Hanna after the ceremony.

The other award winners were Editor in Chief Matthew Continetti of the Washington Free Beacon, Executive Director Roger Custer of America’s Future Foundation, Founder and Principal Attorney Dan Backer of DB Capitol Strategies and Chief Operating Officer Ryan P. Williams of The Claremont Institute.

James O’Keefe serves as the President of Project Veritas, whose mission is to investigate and expose corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud and other misconduct. O’Keefe is a graduate of Rutgers University. A congressional resolution was introduced in 2009 with 31 cosponsors praising him for his work. He was the recipient of the Robert Novak Award for Journalistic Excellence in 2011, has been named “Fox News Power Player of the Week” twice by Chris Wallace, and was placed on the Forbes 30 under 30 for media moguls.

BREAKING: Greenpeace FIRES Their “Ghetto Aurora” Colorado Employee

Following the release of Project Veritas Action’s latest video, Mark Udall Advocates Condone Voter Fraud, the international organization Greenpeace has terminated the employment of one of their Colorado employees. Christen Topping was recorded by Project Veritas Action reporters telling them where to harvest discarded ballots of black and Hispanic voters who “don’t care” in a portion of Aurora, Colorado.

“I mean it’s putting the votes to good use, responded Greenpeace worker Christen Topping to Project Veritas Action investigators when presented with a staged voter fraud opportunity in the video. “So really truly like yeah, that’s awesome.” Topping also provided Project Veritas Action journalists a location which she described as “ghetto Aurora” where they could likely find additional mail ballots for illegal use.

A Wonkette article announced that Ms. Topping had been fired. National Review’s John Fund, who was already questioning why the people in the video condoning voter fraud hadn’t been fired, has the details in this new article:

Greenpeace has fired one of its key Colorado officials, Christen Topping, over her comments condoning the creation of fraudulent ballots using that state’s vote-by-mail system. She went beyond that and told filmmaker James O’Keefe the exact street corner in “ghetto Aurora” where he could find ballots in trash cans that could be fraudulently mailed in. Topping provided Project Veritas Action journalists a location which she described as “ghetto Aurora” where they could likely find discarded mail ballots for illegal use, referring to “African-American and Mexican[s]” voters she described as “kind of like the lower class.”

Greenpeace spokesman Molly Dorozenski said Topping’s statements were not in accord with the values of Greenpeace and “her contract has been terminated.”

Regarding one of the other women found condoning voter fraud in the video, Fund continues:

O’Keefe now wants to know what Alan Franklin, the CEO of Work for Progress, a liberal activist group whose literature clearly states it is working to reelect Democratic senator Mark Udall in Colorado, will respond to his video. Franklin’s state director, Meredith Hicks, told O’Keefe that committing voter fraud using unused ballots was perfectly okay. “That’s not even lying or stealing, if someone throws out the ballot. If you want to fill it out you should do it,” she told O’Keefe on tape.

When the TV station FOX31 in Denver finally reached Hicks yesterday for her reaction to O’Keefe’s video she was apparently nervous. She “initially told FOX31 Denver she knew O’Keefe but then said she didn’t recall” the conversation she had with him just a few days before. “I don’t have anything to say about that,” she said.

O’Keefe told me he is curious if Franklin will follow the lead of Greenpeace and fire an employee who clearly condones the casting of illegal ballots, and, indeed, thinks it isn’t akin to “lying or stealing.”

Read John Fund’s full article here.