A jury found Project Veritas liable in a federal civil case for fraudulently misrepresenting itself and violating wiretapping laws after the conservative group targeted a Democratic political consulting firm in an undercover operation, per the New York Times.
The big picture: Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe said on the group’s YouTube channel Thursday night they’ll appeal the verdict after the jury awarded the firm, Democracy Partners, $120,000 in the case.
- Lawyers for Democracy Partners told the jury in Washington earlier this month that their clients “were the victims of political spying conducted by Project Veritas” during the 2016 presidential campaign that was designed to embarrass Hillary Clinton and boost rival Donald Trump’s election chances, according to Politico.
- Project Veritas insisted it was news gathering.
What they’re saying: “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,” said Democracy Partners co-founder Robert Creamer in a statement.
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