The Washington Post is reporting that Project Veritas, founded by Westwood's James Edward O'Keefe III, was behind a failed attempt to get the newspaper to publish a fake story about Alabama Senate candidate Republican Roy Moore.
On Monday, the Post revealed a woman, Jaime Phillips falsely claimed that Moore impregnated her when she was 15, forcing her to get an abortion.
The Post originally broke the story several weeks ago about Moore's relationships with teenage girls when he was in his 30s that have led members of his own party to call for him to step down. Moore has denied the allegations and is refusing to exit the race.
Project Veritas, a not for profit run by O'Keefe, a graduate of Westwood High School and located in Westchester, has run sting operations against organizations like NPR, Planned Parenthood and the New York Times, posting videos that are often heavily and deceptively edited. O'Keefe declined to comment when confronted by the Post after they saw Phillips enter their office.
In 2010, O'Keefe pleaded guilty to entering a building under false pretenses, a misdemeanor, after a failed sting operation against Louisiana Sen. Mary Landreau.
The paper became suspicious when Phillips kept asking reporters if it would guarantee Moore would lose the election. Other claims did not stand up to fact-checking and the paper found a GoFundMe page where Phillips said she needed money for a move to New York to "work in the conservative media movement to combat the lies and deceit of the liberal MSM."
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