A controversial conservative organization has stepped back into the national spotlight after its apparent attempt to discredit The Washington Post fell flat.
During interviews with the Post, a woman reportedly claimed GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore impregnated her as a teenager. The paper discovered that woman was lying and appeared to be working undercover for Project Veritas.
Founded by James O'Keefe, Project Veritas tries to discredit news outlets and left-wing organizations — often with deceptive and misleading tactics.
Project Veritas' video attacks spurred Republican outrage and eventually drove ACORN out of business. Years later, O'Keefe had to pay a $100,000 settlement to an ACORN employee he secretly recorded.
Using a fake name, O'Keefe reportedly called Open Society Foundations and pretended to be a supporter. After he finished his call, an employee said O'Keefe forgot to hang up, accidentally divulging his infiltration plans in a seven-minute voicemail.
O'Keefe and Project Veritas has been condemned by the Columbia Journalism Review and the Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting organization. But despite that, Project Veritas is still around with pretty sizable resources.