A Texas state judge has thrown out a lawsuit against Democratic activist group Battleground Texas inspired by a video by conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe, Media Matters reported on Monday.
In the video, released in February 2014 by O’Keefe’s group, Project Veritas, he labels Battleground Texas the “new ACORN” and accused volunteers for the group of breaking state election laws by transcribing phone numbers from voter registration cards.
The Associated Press reported that the video led to conservative figures like Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) to call for an investigation. A judge subsequently appointed two special prosecutors, Christine Del Prado and John Economidy — a Democrat and Republican, respectively — to lead the probe.
The 18-page report dismissed the video by O’Keefe’s group as “little more than a canard and political disinformation,” arguing that the rule regarding phone numbers applies to official county personnel, and that Battleground Texas’ actions, including “deputizing” members to serve as volunteer registrars in their communities, have been standard political practice for decades.
“The video was particularly unprofessional when it suggested that the actions of Battleground Texas were advocated by a Texas gubernatorial candidate and that the actions of a single volunteer deputy registrar may even involve private health data, which is not involved in the voter registration process,” the report stated.
For that reason, he prosecutors recommended in the report that the complaint be dismissed.
The report, as posted by Media Matters, can be read below.
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