Project Veritas Ordered To Pay $120,000 To Democratic Consulting Firm

Project Veritas was sued by “Democracy Partners,” a democratic consulting firm on charges of breaking wiretapping laws and for fraudulent misrepresentation.

Project Veritas loses case to Democratic consulting firm

Democracy Partners was the target of what the New York Times called a “sting operation” by Project Veritas in 2016. The consulting firm accused Project Veritas of having an undercover employee apply for and receive an internship with Democracy Partners using a fake identity and for the purpose of making recordings of the agency.

“The jury effectively ruled investigative journalists owe a fiduciary duty to the subjects they are investigating and that investigative journalists may not deceive the subjects they are investigating,” said James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas. “Journalism is on trial, and Project Veritas will continue to fight for every journalist’s right to news gather, investigate, and expose wrongdoing – regardless of how powerful the investigated party may be. Project Veritas will not be intimidated.”

The court case centered around Allison Maass, a Project Veritas employee who received an internship from Democracy Partners under the name Angela Brandt.

The suit alleges that another Project Veritas employee, Daniel Sandini, posed as a potential democratic donor with the assumed name “Charles Roth.” Roth spoke with Democracy Partners founder Robert Creamer about his “niece” Angela Brandt eventually procuring an internship for his fellow Project Veritas employee.

According to The Hill, “The firm argued that Maass repeatedly lied to Creamer about her identity and background and her intent in wanting the internship.” Democracy Partners also said that they lost multiple clients and took a hit to their reputation because of the incident.

The case was brought in civil court where the jury ruled that Maass’s primary purpose in using the hidden cameras was to “commit a breach of fiduciary duty” and because of that ruled in favor of the plaintiffs ordering Project Veritas to pay $120,000 in damages.

Creamer said, in response to his victory, “Hopefully, the decision today will help to discourage Mr. O’Keefe and others from conducting these kind of political spy operations and publishing selectively edited, misleading videos in the future.”

The attorney who defended Project Veritas, Paul Calli, had this to say about the proceedings, “The folks on my Left prefer to ignore that fact and will spike the ball and celebrate on Twitter because in this case the journalist isn’t someone they ‘like’ or agree with and instead exposed the soft white underbelly of their party. We will see what the finish line brings.”

Project Veritas plans on appealing the civil case ruling.

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