Former Perot Man and Dallas Native Russell Verney in Center of Clinton Video Flap - 2016-10-24
Project Veritas unleashed a maelstrom on Hillary Clinton's campaign last week when founder James O'Keefe's two-part investigation "Rigging the Election" appeared to show two Democratic political operatives, Robert Creamer and Scott Foval, discussing political dirty tricks to win elections.
O'Keefe has center stage, but it's executive director Russell Verney who helped prepare the show. Verney, a Dallas native and former resident, worked as Ross Perot's senior political adviser during the 1992 presidential election and his campaign manager in Perot's '96 presidential bid. He is also the founding chairman of the Reform Party, so he is no stranger to the political arena. He joined Project Veritas in 2011.
Verney claims O'Keefe's nonprofit isn't a political organization and not beholden to any conservative candidate, despite Trump's $10,000 donation in May 2015. "Yeah, a lot of people contribute [to the organization]," Verney says. "But nobody controls our work or decisions. They're made internally, and O'Keefe has the final say."