O’Rourke Campaign Caught Discussing Illegally Using Campaign Funds to Help Caravan Migrants
Project Veritas Action Fund Thursday night released its eighth undercover video revealing Democratic lies and deceit in the 2018 midterm elections. The newest episode features members of U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke’s campaign plotting to use campaign funds to help Honduran caravan migrants.
The video actually shows his campaign staff talking about using campaign resources to buy supplies and help transport Honduran aliens. Whether or not this is a good idea is beside the point. It's totally illegal.
Said James O’Keefe, founder and president of Project Veritas Action, “Charity and helping your fellow man are things we applaud at Project Veritas Action. The problem is, you can’t break the law when you do it.”
O’Rourke’s campaign staffers, Dominic Chacon and AnaPaula Themann, didn't appear too concerned about getting caught, however.
“The Hondurans, yeah,... I’m going to go get some food right now, like, just some stuff to drop off,” Chacon, O'Rourke's field manager, can be heard saying in the video.
Themann asked how the migrants got through.
“Well, I think they accepted them as, like, asylum seekers…. So, I’m going to get some groceries and some blankets,” Chacon replied.
“Don’t ever repeat this and stuff but, like, if we just say we’re buying food for some event, like the Halloween events...” Themann cautioned.
“That’s not a horrible idea, but I didn’t hear anything. Umm, we can wait til tomorrow for that,” Chacon said
“Well, that’s exactly the food we need. And I will just mark it as... I do have dozens of block walkers," Themann added.
As "block walkers" are campaign workers who go door to door to talk to voters and campaign for candidates, Themann likely meant that they would mark the expenditure down as meals for them.
Chacon and Themann discussed how they would "mask" their use of campaign funds to buy food for the migrants.
“There’s actually stores that mark it as just ‘food,’ they don’t mark any types… at Albertsons, on the receipts, it marks it just based off of brand,” Themann explained.
Chacon added, “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!”
A Project Veritas Action attorney who reviewed the footage said that it looks like the O’Rourke campaign violated FEC rules.
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.