ACORN Sting Duo Says Nobody Put Them Up to It

Call themselves 'concerned citizens'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2009 8:05 AM CDT

(Newser) – James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles say there's no conservative conspiracy behind their decision to dress up as a pimp and prostitute and walk into ACORN offices with a hidden camera. They’re just a pair of concerned citizens, who’ve managed to wound the mighty activist group on a budget of just $1,300, they tell the Washington Post. But they do have major conservative connections. Giles’ father runs the Clash Church in Miami, and the pair were advised by columnist Andrew Breitbart.

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O’Keefe says he brought Breitbart in after filming the DC and Baltimore stings. “When I saw these videos, I couldn’t help thinking, this is the Abu Ghraib of the Great Society,” says Breitbart, who advised releasing the videos slowly, a strategy that’s worked well. ACORN has launched an internal investigation, though supporters note that some of the video’s claims are inaccurate, and that the stunt didn’t work everywhere; the Philadelphia office threw O’Keefe and Giles out. (Read more James O'Keefe stories.)

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