Here Are Some Of Project Veritas's Funders - 2017-11-29
Earlier this week, the Washington Post exposed a woman who works for right-wing activists after she lied about being a sexual assault victim in an attempt to discredit journalists investigating Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Unheard from in the ensuing debate have been the people whose money makes Project Veritas, a group led by conservative activist James O'Keefe, possible. Until now, little has been known about the group's financing, beyond a donor advised fund tied to high-profile conservative donors like Charles Koch and Betsy DeVos. But BuzzFeed News has identified about $280,000 that arrived in Project Veritas's coffers from smaller donors — a tomato tycoon, a retired finance executive, an interior decorator — from all over America.
Donors to tax-exempt organizations are usually kept secret, but BuzzFeed News used Citizen Audit, a service that digitizes nonprofit financial filings, to identify additional donations between 2014 and 2016. ThinkProgress, a news site that is project of a progressive advocacy organization, identified some additional donors. It is an incomplete picture of how Project Veritas raises all its money, totaling $3.7 million in 2015, and does not include those who contribute directly to the nonprofit rather than through a foundation.