O’Keefe asks supporters for $50K to pay off his credit card debt

By David Edwards
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 13:52 EDT
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Conservative activist and filmmaker James O’Keefe has racked up about $50,000 in credit card debt and now he wants you to help him pay it off.

O’Keefe recently sent an email to supporters claiming that his deceptive ACORN and NPR stings had put him deep in debt.

“Up ’til now, my friends and I have financed all of our work on our own — running up major credit card debt,” O’Keefe wrote in the email, according to Talking Points Memo.

“We made a lot of sacrifices — personally and financially — because we fight for what we believe in,” he continued.

“But, now we’ve hit a wall. This has gotten a lot bigger than we ever imagined. The multi-billion dollar major media Goliath is embarrassed by their failure to make a meaningful impact like we have — that’s why they’re attacking us.”

“It cost us about $50,000 when all is said and done to produce the NPR video,” O’Keefe said. “If you help us raise over $50,000, it will go toward our next video — after we pay off our credits cards, of course.”

“And if by some chance, we raise $1,000,000 — we could expose 20 disturbing cases of government abuse and corruption. But, all I’m worried about is $50,000 right now,” he added.

The Huffington Post reported last week that O’Keefe was seeking nonprofit status for his Project Veritas organziation.

Talking Points Memo has a copy of O’Keefe’s full email to his supporters.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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