In one of the undercover videos recorded by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas Action, Scott Foval -- who was a field director of Americans United For Change -- described how his organization infiltrated a 2008 meeting of donors who heard from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney about the “entitlement” mentality of 47% of the electorate had that favored President Barack Obama’s re-election. Romney was widely reviled for his remarks to the assembled Republicans.
Romney said at the 2008 fundraiser, "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president, no matter what. Alright, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, to you name it. That's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president, no matter what.
His remarks were greeted with widespread opprobrium by Democrats and progressives.
Foval recounted to an undercover journalist how AUFC recorded the event in a coordinated effort. It was a bartender, said Foval, who surreptitiously recorded the proceedings with a cell phone given to him by a lawyer affiliated with AUFC. Foval said, "The lawyer took his phone and had the bartender walk around with it and set it up." The recording was given to David Corn of the leftist Mother Jones magazine, who broke the story and eventually won an award for the reporting.
In the undercover video, Foval apparently refers to Bob Creamer -- a long-time associate of Barack Obama -- “who negotiated to get that lawyer in Florida who recorded the 47 percent video,” at the Romney fundraiser. It was the lawyer, said Foval, who gave it to the bartender “who set it up” to record Romney’s remarks.
At the time reports broke, the story that circulated was that bartender Scott Prouty brought a camera to the event merely to have a photo taken with candidate Romney. Obama’s campaign capitalized on the story, while progressives hailed Prouty as a hero. Corn is currently the Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones and an analyst for MSNBC. Since the series of Veritas video emerged, Foval was fired by AUFC, while Creamer is now sitting out the current election.
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