O'Keefe Skypes NH GOP Gala to Avoid Criminal Subpoena [VIDEO]

James O'Keefe said his attorney advised against appearing in person Sunday due to suggested action against him.

Conservative activist James O'Keefe spoke to a packed house of Seacoast Republicans Sunday not in person, but rather on streaming video because stepping foot in New Hampshire would trigger a criminal grand jury subpoena.

O'Keefe has drawn from his during the New Hampshire primary. O'Keefe, 27, often cited frustration Sunday during a Rye Republican Town Committee-hosted gala about being stopped from doing his job and trying to uncover "truths" about a flawed system he said is necessitating a voter identification bill.

"I think it's unfortunate that we live in a country these days where public officials threaten journalists, threaten to put journalists in jail for exposing facts legally," O'Keefe said via Skype and a projector screen inside the Abenaqui Country Club in Rye.

[Click on the attached video for some clips from O'Keefe's Skyped speech.]

O'Keefe's efforts received loud cheers and whistles from Sunday's standing-room-only crowd of roughly 200. Event emcee Jeff Chidester praised O'Keefe's work, stating Republicans should be "disappointed" O'Keefe couldn't appear in person and that they "should leave [the event] very outraged" because Gov. John Lynch and other Democrats are threatening O'Keefe with legal action.

"If Democratic votes had been suppressed by Republicans... then we would have the outrage we should have on this issue as well," said Chidester.

O'Keefe said he and his nonprofit organization, Project Veritas, are "not going to stop" despite the various threats his actions have generated. He said his group plans to file Monday morning a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain e-mails and communications between Lynch, the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder due to the subpoena threat.

He said Project Veritas would also soon release new recordings showing additional voting fraud throughout the country, and that the "courage" of his colleagues will "outweigh anything these guys can pose against" him.

Jack Kimball, the former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, called O'Keefe a "warrior" for his efforts. Kimball said the media has made the secret recordings of voter registration in Nashua more "polarizing than it should be," and that a voter ID bill should be supported because it's no different than residents having to prove their identities before boarding a plane or buying a drink.

"I don't care what side of the fence you're on... we all want to make sure voting is on the up and up," said Kimball. "This stuff goes on. We want to make sure our votes are not negated by fraudulent voting. I think we've got to be Americans first and a party second. This isn't a party issue. It should be about what is good for America, not what's good for a party or for power."

O'Keefe and Project Veritas orchestrated an undercover investigation when they filmed several New Hampshire polling sites on Jan. 10. Phony voters asked for ballots for recently deceased people in , with the exchanges with local election officials being secretly filmed.

Patch was almost kept from recording any of O'Keefe's remarks Sunday. Partway through O'Keefe's speech, Rye Republican Town Chairwoman Diane Bitter told Hampton-North Hampton Patch that O'Keefe's speech could not be recorded.

She said conservative website Granite Grok would have video posted after the event. Patch stopped filming partway through the speech to ask Bitter for clarification, as O'Keefe's speech was given before multiple media outlets and in front of a packed event to which Patch was invited.

Bitter replied that she normally doesn’t allow cameras to roll at a “private event” because her committee "want[s guests] to be able to say what they want" during private conversations without being recorded.

The Project Veritas controversy in New Hampshire has helped promote legislation in the state to require people to show a photographic identification in order to vote. That bill is pending.

Papadfw May 07, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Voting and buying a firearm are not at all the same thing the purchase of a gun is a taxable regulated action while protecected under the second amendment it is still a monetary transaction, voting is the exercise of our most precious right without free access to vote our " democracy " becomes a hollow parody of what it is now. Limit these peoria now and next time it will be you.
Survivor. May 07, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Voting for a democrat is a financial transaction, a very costly financial transaction.
Carlotta Spears May 07, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Voter fraud occurred in 2000 (Gore v Bush).....Republicans supported the fraud and we ended up with a president APPOINTED by the Supreme Court. The Republicans should be embarrassed.....however, you would need to have a modicum of integrity or character to be embarrassed; both of which are absent from "Repukes".
shannon cloke May 07, 2012 at 09:28 PM
That's funny he was in another courtroom not long ago, because he kidnapped and assaulted the only date he had in the past decade. I notice the Republican/Teabagger party are screaming bloody murder about a few (very few) cases of individual voter fraud while at the same time seem unfazed that Dubya managed to steal an entire election.
Jayknows May 07, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Lots of stupid here. O'Keefe, in trying to prove voter fraud, committed and conspired with others to have them commit it. The only illegality here is that they perpetrated to vote as someone they weren't. It is not illegal to allow someone to vote. Doing something illegal like this doesn't make you a martyr or Harriet Tubman. It just makes you stupid, especially when you try to act like only democrats are ok with it happening. (Hint: if republicans cared, the laws would have passed sometime in the last 20 years of Republican Congressional dominance.
susanthe May 07, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Buying a firearm isn't a constitutionally guaranteed right, Jim. Voting is.
susanthe May 07, 2012 at 10:10 PM
If Brave Journalist O'Keefe was operating within the law, why is he afraid he'll be arrested?
Seamus Carty May 08, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Liberals are already getting the excuses ready for when Obama loses in November. It will not be his job performance for the past 3 1/2 years; it will be the Koch brothers and their money influencing the ignorant masses...
Seamus Carty May 08, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Violence as a reaction to free speech? Really?
Seamus Carty May 08, 2012 at 01:30 AM
"Buying a firearm isn't a constitutionally guaranteed right". I believe it is a constitutionally guaranteed right according to the second amendment.
Jim Workman May 08, 2012 at 12:55 PM
susanthe - Seamus said it already, but... "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed" from the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution. It's quite an interesting document, you may wish to read it some time. Some consider it words to live by (and perhaps die for). After further consideration (and reading some subsequent comments), perhaps the purchase analogy was too narrowly drawn for the feeble minded. It is worth noting that one also has to provide a photo ID to secure a concealed carry permit, as well as a slew of other firearm related activities. The general point being Francis started the firearm/voting rights analogy, I was just saying that if i) they are similar and ii) ID requirements on firearms activities are acceptable and in place, then iii) implementing them for voting should not be objectionable/onerous.
Don May 09, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Anyone who has the capacity to get to the poll has equal capacity to obtain a photo ID. It is not a tax, it is not a test, it is simply a check to prevent voter fraud. Everyone has the right to vote and the right for that vote to count. Not addressing even so much as the potential for voter fraud is a violation of the right to have your vote count. The greatest disenfranchisement is for the people to believe their vote doesn't really count anyway.
Don May 09, 2012 at 05:12 PM
As always the liberal message is SHOOT THE MESSENGER!
Don May 09, 2012 at 05:14 PM
NH Democratic Party position is that there is no voter fraud in NH and we have tough laws to prevent it. Now they want to shoot the messenger who proved them wrong.
Don May 09, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Yes, in a perfect liberal world Journalists would only doctor evidence to tell a story they wish were true no matter how absurd. This is how a Jewish/Hispanic/Black man, George Zimmerman, becomes the poster boy for white on black racism.
Don May 09, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Obviously you have not seen the video or you would know that the one occasion where they accepted the ballot they returned it. They were not stopped once. NH does not prevent voter fraud because NH has the honor system in place. If the honor system worked our jails would not be full.
Citizen Jones May 10, 2012 at 03:46 PM
susanthe -> perhaps he has an equal or greater sense that our justice system is also dysfunctional.
Ted Sizer May 11, 2012 at 01:31 AM
ForThePeople May 11, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Question for the conservatives: has it dawned on you why only one political party supports voter ID? Has it also dawned on you where that initiative came from? Do you realize that it's not a New Hampshire problem, it's an initiative sent down by the Republican plutocracy for states across the country to implement? If you can admit that it's a political attempt to disenfranchise Democrat voters, how do you look yourselves in the mirror when you vote for Republicans? Is that how you want to get your way, by taking people's votes away? And don't tell me it's fraud without giving me one example of fraud. The person in this article was a Republican trying to prove an issue by creating it himself- and failed. If you are so outraged by fraud, you should be fully in support of his imprisonment.
susanthe May 11, 2012 at 03:08 AM
JIm Workman: The Second Amendment doesn't say anything about purchasing firearms or voter ID. Perhaps you should reconsider whom you're calling feebleminded, sparky.
Don May 12, 2012 at 07:41 PM
There are onerous requirements to own a gun. You not only have to provide an ID a background check is also done. I just want to point that out for people who may be mislead by your misinformation. Nothing you wrote is true.
Don May 12, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Typical left wing lunatic. "If you disagree with me you must be: A. Hatemonger B. Stupid C. Racist." Talk about your tired old rhetoric...
Don May 12, 2012 at 07:48 PM
You might want to talk to a few moderate Democrats, they overwhelmingly support voter ID. The only Democrats that don't support voter ID are the lunatic fringe. The Democratic party has been taken over by the lunatic fringe.
susanthe May 12, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Or perhaps he's a cowardly sack of fauxjournalist.
susanthe May 12, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Don - it's amusing that you bleat about rhetoric while engaging in both typical fascist right wing rhetoric and stereotyping. I disagree with you, therefore I must be a Democrat? Get your head out of Foxaganda once in a while, you might learn something.
susanthe May 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Don: that's so funny! Onerous requirements to owning a gun? An ID and a background check are onerous? You need not demonstrate any competency in using said firearm, nor do you need to take out firearm insurance. Getting a driver's license is more onerous than buying a gun. Gun nuts are the biggest whiners.
Citizen Jones May 12, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Reading the commentary on this article reveals the increasing incapacity of Americans to think analytically. Immediately most of the commentators divide into the two camps which align with the “talking points” of their favorite “news” sources – news sources which themselves increasingly reflect the bilge excreted by one or the other Party. With each party ready, willing and able to distort certain parts of the US Constitution while pretending to hold other parts as sacrosanct, rendering the possibility of constitutional government impossible. Locked in this swamp of “bi-partisan” half-truths we are rendering America’s prospects very bleak. While America is sinking at an ever faster rate, Americans argue only about which party tune we should play next in order to best amuse ourselves. Instead of thinking analytically, we are amusing ourselves into oblivion.
susanthe May 12, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Ah, yes. Because only the Freebaglitarians think analytically. Gold! Vienna!
Paul Mercury May 16, 2012 at 04:47 AM
@ Carlotta "Voter fraud occurred in 2000 (Gore v Bush).....Republicans supported the fraud and we ended up with a president APPOINTED by the Supreme Court." I hear what you're saying - and I agree with the point you're making - but actually we ended up with GWB due to ELECTION fraud, rather than voter fraud. Katherine Harris, then FL Secretary of State hired a company to "scrub" the voter rolls of ineligible names. Thousands of legitimate names were tossed off the voter rolls - names of mostly black people. Here's a great article on what went down: http://www.salon.com/2000/12/04/voter_file/ We know what happened next. Like electronic voting machines that leave no paper trail, it's really on that level that election theft happens - not at the voting booth.
Paul Mercury May 16, 2012 at 04:52 AM
@ Frank Agreed. Elections are stolen on a much higher level. Not by voting booth pranks. If the GOP really wanted to ensure fair elections, they'd be demanding paper ballots.


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