James O’Keefe launched a new business venture this week after he was ousted earlier this year from Project Veritas, an organization that he founded and led since 2010.
O’Keefe launched O’Keefe Media Group on Wednesday, promising to be surrounded by “the most elite journalists in the world.”
Project Veritas’ board of directors said that they wanted to fix things with O’Keefe, but that he would not have contact with them after an incident unfolded in February. The board of directors alleged that O’Keefe misspent large sums of donor’s money and that he broke the organization’s bylaws with actions that he took.
“The irony of the ACORN story is that it took a 25-year-old with a hidden camera a few days to do what billion-dollar networks and journalists could not do in a decade,” O’Keefe said in a launch video for his new organization. “I spent 14 years creating the most effective non-profit newsroom this country has ever seen.”
“And in paving the way to establish citizen journalism, I have been defamed, arrested, raided, and ultimately removed from the organization I spent so much time developing credibility of,” he continued. “I always knew they would try to ruin the reputations of those who expose them, the pharma giants, the three-letter government agencies, and those who I thought I could trust.”
O’Keefe said that in response to what happened, he was “going to build an army of investigators and exposers,” and that a “sleeping giant” had been “awakened.”
“I’m back. Remaining by my side are a small, tight-knit group of the most elite journalists in the world,” he said. “Exposing corruption requires standing up to power because power hates sunlight. We are sunlight. Welcome to the O’Keefe Media Group, where we will never be shut down because not only do I own it, but you own it, too. Support us and sponsor our army of journalists by becoming a founding member today.”