Project Veritas Action Fund, the conservative activist group that makes and posts hidden camera videos that have most recently targeted alleged Democratic voter fraud, are going to court to challenge a Massachusetts law it says hampers those efforts.
The suit, Project Veritas Action Fund v. [Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel] Conley, takes aim at an eavesdropping law it argues unconstitutionally restricts newsgathering techniques allowed in most other states.
Journalists face a potential five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for secretly recording political candidates and public figures in public places and could even get prison time and a fine for simply possessing recording equipment.
“Because corrupt politicians don’t broadcast their fraud, waste and abuse on television or from a podium at a campaign rally, it’s critical that undercover reporters be allowed their constitutional rights in order to inform the public about wrongdoing at taxpayer expense,” said PVA president James O’Keefe in a statement.
O'Keefe and company have made a name for themselves via undercover videos and audio recordings, some allegedly heavily edited, of ACORN staffers, Planned Parenthood and NPR execs, textbook distributors and others.