James O’Keefe – RationalWiki
In 2006 and 2007, O’Keefe teamed up with pro-life activist Lila Rose to help her plan and produce two sting operations against reproductive healthcare provider Planned Parenthood. For the first clandestine operation, O’Keefe and Rose went to two Planned Parenthood clinics in greater Los Angeles in March 2007 and another in Santa Monica in May 2007, secretly taping counseling sessions in which Rose, then 18 years old, posed as a pregnant 15-year-old girl seeking an abortion, and O’Keefe posed as her 23-year-old boyfriend. The goal was to catch (or some might say entrap) employees saying things that made it look like they were willing to let statutory rape go unreported.
The second sting operation Rose and O’Keefe collaborated on involved the latter phoning regional Planned Parenthood offices in Idaho, Ohio, New Mexico, and Oklahoma in the summer of 2007, posing as a racist interested in making a donation “specifically for the abortions of African-American babies”. The intent was to prove that the provider was founded by Margaret Sanger (true), an advocate of eugenics (true), with the intent of wiping out the black race (false), a claim commonly propagated by pro-life activists. When Rose’s anti-abortion group Live Action (which O’Keefe served as an advisor to) released the calls in early 2008, it resulted in Autumn Kersey, a Planned Parenthood representative who answered the call to the Idaho office, being suspended from her job. Rose admitted that her group deliberately targeted Planned Parenthood offices in states where it was legal to record a phone conversation without the other party’s consent.
Taxpayer’s Prize Patrol
O’Keefe was also involved in a brief series of videos in 2009 called the “Taxpayer’s Prize Patrol”. The videos consisted of him and other young white people visiting minority homes in a van labeled “Taxpayer’s Prize Patrol”, in the style of the long-running “Publisher’s Clearinghouse Prize Patrol”. After the homeowners’ initial confusion and excitement, O’Keefe would tell them they’d “won” an invoice for a portion of the financial industry bail-out being administered at the time and ask them to sign the giant check he handed them. This series has not been very well-publicized, possibly because afterwards they realized the awkwardness involved in having a group of white people visit the homes of Hispanic or black families, raise their hopes, and then taunt them.