Project Veritas released an undercover video that exposes how the senatorial campaign of Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke appears to be illegally using campaign funds to buy supplies and transportation for the so-called migrant caravan currently on its way from Central America to the United States. The founder of Project Veritas, James O’Keefe, said of the revelation, “Charity and helping your fellow man are things we applaud at Project Veritas Action.  The problem is, you can’t break the law when you do it.” 

On tape, O’Rourke campaign staffers Dominic Chacon and AnaPaul Themann discuss how they direct campaign resources to aiding the thousands of foreigners marching towards the U.S./Mexico border. Project Veritas charged that pre-paid credit cards have been issued to the migrants.

Chacon: “The Hondurans, yeah… I’m going to go get some food right now, like just some stuff to drop off…”

Themann: “How did they get through?”

Chacon: “Well I think they accepted them as like asylum-seekers… So, I’m going to get some groceries and some blankets…”

Themann: “Don’t ever repeat this and stuff but like if we just say that we’re buying food for a campaign event, like the Halloween events…”

Chacon: “That’s not a horrible idea, but I didn’t hear anything. Umm, we can wait until tomorrow for that.”

Themann: “Well that’s exactly the food we need. And I will just mark it as, I do have dozens of block walkers.”

A press release from Project Veritas cited an attorney who reviewed the videos and provided a legal assessment: “The material Project Veritas Action Fund captured shows campaign workers covering up the true nature of spending of campaign funds and intentionally misreporting them. This violates the FEC’s rules against personal use and misreporting. It also violates Section 1001, making a false statement to the federal government. The FEC violations impose civil penalties, including fines of up to $10,000 or 200 percent of the funds involved. Violations of Section 1001 are criminal and include imprisonment of up to five years.”

In the video, Chacon and Themann explain how they allegedly concealed the use of O’Rourke campaign funds to support the migrants. For example, Themann said on tape, “There’s actually stores that just mark it as ‘food’ they don’t mark different types… at Albertsons, on the receipts, it marks it just based off of brand…” Themann also said that she does not “want to make it seem like all of us are from [the O’Rourke campaign]” when going to distribute supplies to the Central American migrants. She added, “I just hope nobody that’s the wrong person finds out about this.”

Chacon said how the funds are distributed to the migrants, who are seeking to apply for asylum or cross illegally into the United States. “I think we can use that with those [campaign pre-paid] cards to buy some food, all that s**t can be totally masked like, oh we just wanted a healthy breakfast!” Regarding the use of pre-paid cards, he said, “We’re going to use more of those cards to get them more supplies too. So it’s all going to work out. I’m done being nice. I’m done being professional. [Be]cause nothing is professional. None of this is like s**t there is a rule book for, you know?”

Chacon also reveals “there’s not really an approval process” regarding the usage of the pre-paid cards, and that “we can just go and get the food and we can come up with a BS excuse like as to why we needed to get this stuff.” He adds, “Under the table just sort of do it.”

“Nobody needs to know”

Chacon explains that O’Rourke campaign manager Jody Casey was apparently pleased about the support going to the migrants. Chacon said, “She texted us afterward and was like, I’m so happy that we have a staff that gets it and was there, I was so happy to see y’all there, still working, still contributing, we have the best team ever… she was good about it.”

When the Project Veritas journalist asked, “So, Jody knows?”, Chacon said, “Well, she doesn’t know we used the pre-paid card, but she doesn’t need to know.” He added, when discussing how the campaign may provide vans to transport the migrants, “we could probably get away with using the vans… Nobody needs to know.” Chacon also says, “For me, I can just ignore the rules and I’m like f**k it.” When asked about using campaign vans to assist the Central American migrants, Chacon reveals that they are going to transport the aliens to airports and bus stations. Chacon said, “… we’re going to give rides to some of the immigrants too. Like to the airport, to the bus station, like why not, you know?”


When the journalist asked about using campaign resources to help the Honduran aliens, Casey said, “Don’t worry”:

The journalist told Chacon, “It just made me really concerned, like, you know, because I know that we’re using some of the campaign resources to help with the migrants and like, I just didn’t want anybody to get in trouble with that…” The journalist added, “Like I didn’t want them to ask me any questions about people using resources…”

Casey responded, “Don’t worry.”

O’Rourke campaign staffer Andrea Reyes revealed on tape that she has text messages showing she received approval for using the pre-paid cards:

Reyes: “The thing is yeah, as long as we’re not advertising it. I mean yeah, I don’t really know. They said it was fine sooo *throws hands up* I mean I don’t know, okay. I told you about it! I have the text messages to prove it, sooo…”

Journalist: “So you told Jody?”

Reyes: “Yeah. I told Jody and I told my director.”
 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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