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James O'Keefe: Breitbart Wanted Me To Get Paid For ACORN Video, So He Paid Me $65K To Blog About It

In a March deposition for a lawsuit filed by Juan Carlos Vera, a fired ACORN worker, James O'Keefe revealed that Andrew Breitbart encouraged him to make more ACORN videos, and arranged to pay him $65,000 for blogging about the video. (He sure

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In a March deposition for a lawsuit filed by Juan Carlos Vera, a fired ACORN worker, James O'Keefe revealed that Andrew Breitbart encouraged him to make more ACORN videos, and arranged to pay him $65,000 for blogging about the video. (He sure attracts sugar daddies, huh?) As a result, Vera's attorneys plan to file suit against Breitbart's estate:

SAN DIEGO -- Explosive new information obtained by 10News reveals for the first time the payout for an undercover video that helped bring down the group ACORN.

James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles, who played the role of pimp and prostitute in the video, were both deposed in a civil suit. O'Keefe wore a suit, while Giles donned a dark blouse, in contrast to the images that are familiar to many.

Back in 2009, they were the ones applying the pressure. After posing as pimp and prostitute, the two filmed undercover footage at an office in National City that appeared to show ACORN worker Juan Carlos Vera giving tips on bringing teen prostitutes across the border.

After the footage was posted by conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, Vera was fired. A state probe eventually confirmed Vera was simply playing along with the pimp conversation and had called police.

Eventually, amid a string of other videos, ACORN lost its federal funding and dissolved.

Vera filed suit, claiming O'Keefe had violated state privacy laws, and in a March deposition, there were some revealing statements from O'Keefe.

"He [Breitbart] said he would like to find a way for me to get paid to publish the videos," testified O'Keefe.
O'Keefe gave details about the payout. He testified that before the San Diego undercover taping, Breitbart first saw undercover ACORN videos from the East Coast and wanted to see more.

"Now we have evidence for the first time, Breitbart agreed in advance to participate in the violation of California law," said Gene Iredale, Vera's attorney.

O'Keefe said he was eventually paid $65,000 by Breitbart to blog about the video.

Vera's attorneys now plan to file suit against the estate of Breitbart, who recently died of heart failure.

Another key issue was why O'Keefe made only minimal attempts to follow up with Vera to confirm what was said in the footage.

"I did want to follow up," testified O'Keefe. "I just didn't end up following up."

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