James O’Keefe III, a conservative activist known for using false identities to produce undercover videos targeting liberals, says someone is fraudulently using his name to create a political action committee.
On Thursday, a person filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to create “Project Veritas PAC.”
The PAC name echoes that of O’Keefe’s nonprofit organization: Project Veritas. The website and Mamaroneck, New York, mailing addresses listed in the Project Veritas PAC filing are those of O’Keefe’s nonprofit Project Veritas. And the PAC treasurer listed on the FEC document is “James O’Keefe,” who also purportedly signed it.
But O’Keefe said in an interview with the Center for Public Integrity that the FEC filing is a fraud: He denied setting up the PAC and he wants to know who did. O’Keefe said he first learned about the PAC filing when reporters contacted him to ask about it.
“Someone was trying to create a PAC in my name,” he said. “We did not create it. It is fraudulent.”
The email address listed on the form, purportedly for O’Keefe, uses the domain Yandex, a service provider based in Moscow, Russia. O’Keefe said the email address is not his, and the banking information included on the form is also unfamiliar.
Efforts to contact the creator of the PAC via the Yandex email address were unsuccessful.
O’Keefe’s biography describes him as a journalist “dedicated to investigating corruption, dishonesty, waste and fraud.” Much of his work has been controversial. Project Veritas activists have used aliases and false identities in their stings. But some conservatives have hailed Project Veritas’ work as vital to holding liberals to account.