James O’Keefe At it Again: Undercover Census Fraud Investigation

On April 27, 2010, I got a job with the United States Census Bureau in New Jersey. With a hidden camera, I caught four Census supervisors encouraging enumerators to falsify information on their time sheets. Over the course of two days of training, I was paid for four hours of work I never did. I was told to take a 70 minute lunch break, was given an hour of travel time to drive 10 minutes, and was told to leave work at 3:30pm. I resigned prior to doing any data collection but confronted Census supervisors who assured me, “no one is going to be auditing that that level,” and “nobody is going to be questioning it except for you.” Another Census supervisor only said he’d adjust my pay after I gave him a letter recanting my hours.

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  • leinad

    James O’Keefe’s credibility is shot, so I won’t trust any video he produces. You can do amazing things with editing software these days. He has learned well from CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, etc…

  • JTT

    I wouldn’t trust a word from this criminal.

  • Steve Plunk

    Just why wouldn’t you trust this? Come on now, facts and logic could bolster your case against him. leinad? JTT? Anybody?

    The truth is government workers have a bad reputation because of things like this. O’Keefe had the goods on ACORN and his conviction was similar to congressman recently arrested while protesting. In search of truth sometimes risk is involved.

    • Anonymous

      Not sure why you would risk your own credibility by backing this guy. He’s a hack and a proven liar, regardless of whether or not one is sympathetic to his cause.

      • Steve Plunk

        My credibility should never be at stake just because I ask for facts. Prove he’s a hack, prove he’s a liar, prove something. The first comments lacked any substance and so far no one has offered any. Even if facts are forthcoming asking for them doesn’t damage one’s credibility.

        • Anonymous

          Steve, this guy is not exactly new on the scene, so to speak, and his reputation is not exactly what I would call good. Prove he’s a hack? Hasn’t he proven that himself? Prove he’s a liar? I consider gross distortion of the truth (through selective editing of clandestine video, for example) to constitute lying. Perhaps our definitions of what constitutes a liar are different? Regardless, I was not trying to start an argument. I was merely suggesting that everyone would do well to just let this guy disappear. By supporting individuals like O’Keefe one marginalizes oneself. This guy is toxic, it’s that simple. Don’t believe me? Suit yourself. Just making an observation.

          • Steve Plunk

            This isn’t casual conversation this is a political website where ideas compete. As such when someone makes accusations they are expected to back them up with facts, logic, whatever. If he’s a hack explain why, if he’s a liar tell us exactly what the lie was and how it’s material to what’s happening here.

            Now I don’t really give darn about a few bucks the Census Bureau is wasting when there are bigger fish to fry but when people attack other people without explanation in a public forum I think something is amiss. Asking questions like I did does not marginalize me or my credibility.

          • Anonymous

            Wow, that’s really funny. I wasn’t expecting you to get all high and mighty about this, but, okay, I’ll play.

            First, the definition of a hack:

            hack  [hak]
            –noun

            a professional who renounces or surrenders individual independence, integrity, belief, etc., in return for money or other reward in the performance of a task normally thought of as involving a strong personal commitment: a political hack.

            https://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9EMHBHG1&show_article=1

            If you’re not familiar with James O’Keefe’s short career I suggest googling him. If you still think he is a model of integrity and an asset to conservatism in general, then there is probably no hope for conservatism in Oregon.

            Now, the definition of credibility:

            cred·i·ble   [kred-uh-buhl]
            –adjective

            1. capable of being believed; believable: a credible statement.
            2. worthy of belief or confidence; trustworthy: a credible witness.

            If you’re going to pretend that what O’Keefe did with his little pimp game at ACORN (I am NOT defending ACORN) was anything other than dishonest (meaning an obfuscation of the truth), then your credibility when it comes to critical assessment of political action is suspect.

            Yes, this is a political website where ideas casually compete, nonetheless, I don’t think you understood my point. If conservatism is ever to have a significant influence on public policy decisions in this state, then conservatives might think about distancing themselves from clowns like this guy. That would be the politically savvy thing to do anyway. But if all anyone wants is to maintain a bitter little dark corner to complain about liberals in, by all means, champion guys like this. Like I said, suit yourself.

          • Steve Plunk

            I know what the words hack and credible mean so your theatrics of pulling out a dictionary was pointless.

            Look, you made the claim O’Keefe is a hack yet you want me to do the research. You have the obligation now that someone questioned your slanderous claim. ACORN was a corrupt enough organization that after O’Keefe’s expose’ they shut down and reopened under a new name. You are not going defend them are you? O’Keefe’s playing pimp was like a cop pretending to be a drug buyer in a sting. In the end the truth came out. Between O’Keefe and ACORN I’ll take O’Keefe.

            I’ve heard the advice before about distancing ourselves from certain people but did our President distance himself from Jeremiah Wright? Bill Ayers? What about the Democratic party and Code Pink? Why do liberals say we should have a big tent but only for the people more like them? O’Keefe is nothing special in my book but he is deserving of a fair assessment. I’m not his champion but I will be a good Samaritan and defend him from, what are so far, baseless attacks.

          • Anonymous

            “I know what the words hack and credible mean so your theatrics of pulling out a dictionary was pointless.”

            Okay. I was just making sure.

            “Look, you made the claim O’Keefe is a hack yet you want me to do the research.”

            I don’t expect you to do anything, Steve. Ultimately, I don’t care. It was just a casual remark.

            “You have the obligation now that someone questioned your slanderous claim.”

            Follow the Breitbart.com link provided. He pleaded guilty yet feels he did no wrong and stated he would do it again. That makes him a coward and a weasel in my book… and a hack.

            “ACORN was a corrupt enough organization that after O’Keefe’s expose’ they shut down and reopened under a new name. You are not going defend them are you?”

            ??? No, I am not going to defend ACORN. That’s the second time I said that.

            “O’Keefe’s playing pimp was like a cop pretending to be a drug buyer in a sting. In the end the truth came out. Between O’Keefe and ACORN I’ll take O’Keefe.”

            It was nothing like an undercover cop conducting a sting, it was like a film editor piecing together a scene with performances that took place at different times (which makes him a liar). Read some Eisenstein if you need to get up to speed on film theory. Between O’Keefe and ACORN I’ll take neither.

            “I’ve heard the advice before about distancing ourselves from certain people but did our President distance himself from Jeremiah Wright? Bill Ayers?”

            Actually, it seemed like he did to me.

            “What about the Democratic party and Code Pink? Why do liberals say we should have a big tent but only for the people more like them?”

            Why do people always assume someone who is critical of a conservative public figure is liberal? Try again.

            “O’Keefe is nothing special in my book but he is deserving of a fair assessment.”

            I disagree. He had his chance and he blew it. He has proven himself to be as big a buffoon as the Code Pink yahoos.

            “I’m not his champion but I will be a good Samaritan and defend him from, what are so far, baseless attacks.”

            Give it a rest, man. Good samaritan? Baseless attacks? Ridiculous.

          • rural resident

            Now, now, anonymous, how could you believe such terrible things about Mr. O’Keefe. He’s on the side of right. Or on the right side. They’re the same thing. Since he’s fighting for conservatism (??) against the dopey, duplicitous, and dishonest liberals, everything he says must be true. The fact that he edited and falsified the ACORN videos, lied about the reason he sought entrance to Sen. Landrieu’s office, etc., means nothing. Since he’s a conservative, it isn’t illegal or wrong if he does it. Only those on the left can do things wrong.

      • Ron Marquez

        …..”He’s a hack and a proven liar.”…..

        The “hack” part is nothing more than opinion. That he’s “a proven liar” was proven by who ?

        The guy may very well be what you say but unsubstantiated allegations such as yours do nothing to support your position.

  • Bob Clark

    The employment report this Friday should show job growth nationally, but the big question is how much of this growth will be census jobs and other temporary government jobs. Weekly unemployment claims still running in the upper 400k, nationally, suggest employment growth is still slow otherwise.

  • Jack

    Fire Public Sector Workers

    • valley p

      Yeah…what have public sector workers ever done for us? Well, they designed and built the roads. But aside from that? The clean water systems. OK…aside from the roads and the clean water systems, what have they done for us? Well they do keep the sewage systems operating, including cleaning out (yuck) the pipes. OK…besides the roads and water and sewer systems then? Well they do educate our kids, inspect our food, take care of our parks and beaches, fight our wars, chase down criminals, try them, house them in prison….

      Yeah. But aside from all that, what have public sector workers ever done for us?

      • Steve Plunk

        Oregon roads are almost exclusively designed and built by the private sector under contract. Water systems, ditto. Water lines, residential streets, sewer lines, all built by developers.

        We pay them more and more to educate yet they get worse. All public services cost more after inflation adjustments while service levels fall.

        The blame lies squarely on public sector unions and the alliance between Democrates and the public sector workers. The results are a nearly bankrupt government and 50 year old double dipping retirees.

        Whatever public sector workers do private sector workers do better, for less, and quicker.

        • valley p

          “Whatever public sector workers do private sector workers do better, for less, and quicker. ”

          Its true government agencies contract out a lot work. No, its not true that is cheaper or quicker. Sometimes yes and sometimes no, and I’ve been on both sides of the fence (working for government and as a consultant to government) so I have first hand knowledge.

          Case in point. few years ago ODOT contracted out design and build for a Highway in the Coast Range. The contractor cut corners, there were huge landslides, and he walked away from a 1/2 completed job having spent most of the money. The private sector is no angel.

          • Steve Plunk

            Whatever shortcomings the private contractor is responsible for can be recouped through a lawsuit. When the government screws things up taxpayers don’t get to sue to get their money back. In the case you mentioned ODOT awarded the contract and supervised construction at every step so they are culpable to the failure.

          • valley p

            “Whatever shortcomings the private contractor is responsible for can be recouped through a lawsuit. ”

            Well ask your pal Sarah Palin about that one. Exxon paid a fraction of the court determined costs of their mess when the Supremes overturned the verdict. BP under current law can’t be held responsible for most of the cost of the mess they have made. Every power company that has a nuclear plant is liability limited no matter the damage they cause. Other companies declare bankruptcy to get out of judgments, as will BP if it comes to that. Your political party has been arguing for medical malpractice limits for years.

            “In the case you mentioned ODOT awarded the contract and supervised construction at every step so they are culpable to the failure. ”

            You certainly know how to have your cake and eat it. First you declare the private sector as being ALWAYS superior, and then when they foul up massively you blame it on lack of government oversight. Amazing display of cognitive dissonance Steve.

          • MizDi

            Call me naive, but it seems to me that a highly-motivated and incentivized private sector is nearly always superior to a barely-motivated, do just what it takes to not get caught, can’t be botherd, burned out, stick it to the man ’cause no one will audit at that level … public employee.

            Yes, there are plenty of good, honest public employees .. unfortunately, they’re not the ones making the news and they suffer the bad rap caused by those who could care less and are just marking time.