NEW YORK, Sept. 1, 2015– An undercover video that purportedly shows Hillary Clinton’s campaign indirectly accepting a donation from a foreign national has been released by journalist James O’Keefe’s “Project Veritas”.
At Clinton’s campaign launch earlier this summer, the Project Veritas team was scattered throughout the crowd and interacting with Clinton staffers. At one point, the team found a Canadian citizen trying to purchase $75 in Clinton merchandise.
Initially, the staffer turned the Canadian citizen away due to laws set forth by the Federal Election Commission, which prohibit accepting funds directly or indirectly from foreign nationals.
An O’Keefe operative can be heard joining the discussion in the edited video. “But she traveled all the way from Canada to support Hillary. You could give her, she’s paying cash,” the operative said.
The Canadian woman suggested that the O’Keefe operative could purchase the items for her. The operative agreed to accept the Canadian woman’s money to purchase the merchandise for the woman on her behalf, an action that is considered illegal by the FEC due to the transaction being an indirect donation.
Due to the small nature of the donation, many in the media have come to Clinton’s defense and attack O’Keefe, as well as, the video.
“This video shows a Project Veritas operative yet again unsuccessfully trying to entrap campaign staffers who very clearly rejected any foreign donation,” said Clinton’s spokesman Jesse Ferguson in a statement.
O’Keefe promised that another video, yet to be released, would “go even deeper inside the Hillary campaign to show you how the election laws and rules are ignored at every level.”
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