Beto Campaign Hits Project Veritas Speed Bump [VIDEO]
Beto Campaign Hits Project Veritas Speed Bump [VIDEO]
The Beto O’Rourke campaign is nothing but a Democrat money-suck at this point – and Democrats know it. Ted Cruz is holding a steady lead in the polls, but Beto has quite the war chest on hand. Apparently his campaign workers think they can use it for non-campaign purposes now. Uh-oh.
Enter James O’Keefe and Project Veritas.
Project Veritas Action Fund has released undercover video from current Congressman and US Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke’s campaign. The video exposes how his campaign staff appear to be illegally using campaign resources to buy supplies and help transport Honduran aliens.
Featured in this report are campaign staffers who work on Congressman O’Rourke’s US Senate campaign discussing how they use campaign resources to help Honduran aliens and transport them to airports and bus stations. Said Dominic Chacon and AnaPaula Themann, who work on O’Rourke’s campaign:
Chacon: “The Hondurans, yeah… I’m going to go get some food right now, like just some stuff to drop off…”
Themann: “How did they get through?”
Chacon: “Well I think they accepted them as like asylum-seekers… So, I’m going to get some groceries and some blankets…”
Themann: “Don’t ever repeat this and stuff but like if we just say that we’re buying food for a campaign event, like the Halloween events…”
Chacon: “That’s not a horrible idea, but I didn’t hear anything. Umm, we can wait until tomorrow for that.”
Themann: “Well that’s exactly the food we need. And I will just mark it as, I do have dozens of block walkers.”
Chacon and Themann also explain how they go about concealing their use of campaign funds for alien support purposes:
Themann: “There’s actually stores that just mark it as ‘food’ they don’t mark different types… at Albertsons, on the receipts, it marks it just based off of brand…”
Chacon: “I think we can use that with those [campaign pre-paid] cards to buy some food, all that s**t can be totally masked like, oh we just wanted a healthy breakfast!”
Themann says that she doesn’t “want to make it seem like all of us are from [the O’Rourke campaign]” when going to distribute supplies to the Honduran aliens. She adds, “I just hope nobody that’s the wrong person finds out about this.”
Chacon elaborates on the usage of pre-paid campaign cards, saying, “We’re going to use more of those cards to get them more supplies too. So it’s all going to work out. I’m done being nice. I’m done being professional. [Be]cause nothing is professional. None of this is like s**t there is a rule book for, you know?”
Later in the report, Chacon also reveals “there’s not really an approval process” regarding the usage of the pre-paid cards, and that “we can just go and get the food and we can come up with a BS excuse like as to why we needed to get this stuff.” He adds, “Under the table just sort of do it.”
Chacon explains that Jody Casey, the campaign manager for the O’Rourke campaign, was happy to hear about their efforts supporting aliens with campaign funds:
Chacon: “She texted us afterward and was like, I’m so happy that we have a staff that gets it and was there, I was so happy to see y’all there, still working, still contributing, we have the best team ever… she was good about it.”
Journalist: “So, Jody knows?”
Chacon: “Well, she doesn’t know we used the pre-paid card, but she doesn’t need to know.”
Jody Casey, apparently, has been informed that pre-paid credit cards were used from another source, and she was fine with it.
Andrea Reyes, who also works on the O’Rourke campaign, revealed that she has text messages showing she received approval for using the pre-paid cards:
Reyes: “The thing is yeah, as long as we’re not advertising it. I mean yeah, I don’t really know. They said it was fine sooo *throws hands up* I mean I don’t know, okay. I told you about it! I have the text messages to prove it, sooo…”
Journalist: “So you told Jody?”
Reyes: “Yeah. I told Jody and I told my director.”
At least some of O'Rourke's $70M went to a humanitarian purpose. https://t.co/zQgZ3oaLg4
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) November 2, 2018
As Project Veritas notes, via their legal team:
“The material Project Veritas Action Fund captured shows campaign workers covering up the true nature of spending of campaign funds and intentionally misreporting them. This violates the FEC’s rules against personal use and misreporting. It also violates Section 1001, making a false statement to the federal government. The FEC violations impose civil penalties, including fines of up to $10,000 or 200 percent of the funds involved. Violations of Section 1001 are criminal and include imprisonment of up to five years.”
So far, the candidate is ignoring the video. His Twitter feed is busy tweeting early voting reminders, campaign ads, and retweeting people who say they voted for him.
The people of Texas are not a small, paranoid people. We are big, bold, ambitious, and focused on the future. pic.twitter.com/ROX8KNBc4d
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) November 2, 2018
Ted Cruz isn’t afraid to ask Beto the question:
Two basic Qs every reporter should ask Beto today: (1) should the “caravan” be allowed to cross illegally into Texas? (Beto refuses to answer.) And (2) did your campaign dollars illegally fund their doing so? https://t.co/5HcePn3AGs
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 2, 2018
This is not a small problem that can be covered up. This can’t even be passed off as low-level campaign workers who just let their charitable impulses get ahead of themselves. This campaign is in serious trouble. Fortunately, Ted Cruz looks like he will be re-elected, but Beto O’Rourke has his sights set higher – or at least Hollywood Democrats have set his sights higher.
Featured image: William Philpott/Reuters