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WONKETTE EXCLUSIVE! James O’Keefe Depos: Breitbart Paid Pimp, Ho Mad Cheddar For ACORN Videos

And yet you are still poor

WONKET EXCLUSIVE! MUST CREDIT WONKETTE!!1! Very independent citizen-journalist James O’Keefe and his equally self-funded co-star in the ACORN stings, Hannah Giles, got real paid shortly after finishing their videos in the early fall of 2009, according to depositions taken three weeks ago. The pair admitted under oath to signing contracts with (the now recently deceased) Andrew Breitbart and his business partner, attorney Larry Solov, for the sum total of $120,000. Pretty shocking, right? You could buy a fairly high-end sex boat with that kind of cash. Or, one could, anyway.

The depositions were taken this past March at the Washington, D.C. offices of Planet Depos — a third-party supplier of certified court reporters and legal videographers that is really, actually named that, which is totally great. The depositions were taken as part of an ongoing lawsuit filed by Juan Carlos Vera, a former ACORN employee secretly recorded by O’Keefe and Giles during their sting at the community organizing group’s San Diego offices. (Recording confidential conversations without the consent of all parties is a violation of section 632 of the California penal code.)

Studious observers of the ACORN video controversies may recall that Vera was the ACORN employee who called local police to report on James O’Keefe’s and Hannah Giles’ pimp/boyfriend and prostitute characters just hours after speaking with them. Really abnormally obsessive observers might also recall that the full transcript of the hidden-camera video concludes with O’Keefe and Giles debating with each other over why exactly Vera is photographing their license plate from across the parking lot. The two would ultimately tell the media that Vera had agreed to help them smuggle underage prostitutes through Tijuana and that he wanted to solicit the services of Giles’ prostitute character.

According to his recent testimony, O’Keefe ultimately received $65,000 for his “life rights” from Breitbart in $5000/month installments from September 2009 until September 2010 (terminating roughly around the time that O’Keefe’s failed sex boating of a CNN reporter started to make headlines). Giles, who testified the day after O’Keefe, was also supposed to receive $60,000 per year (or $5,000 per month) but was only compensated $32,000 over the course of ten months from December 2009 to September 2010. Breitbart had reduced her monthly salary to $3,000 beginning around April 2010 and terminated Giles that summer. (There may be a Lily Ledbetter Act lawsuit in Ms. Giles’s future.)

“Ms. Giles described the cause as ‘a conflict of visions,’” Vera’s attorney Gene Iredale said during a phone interview. Sources close to O’Keefe told us that Breitbart had been upset with him for similar reasons, as O’Keefe primarily spent his salaried year with Breitbart giving paid lectures, producing a Census sting that failed to garner media attention, and getting himself arrested in New Orleans.

The new details brought out by the recent depositions have done much to complicate the carefully crafted public narrative of the videos’ development. Breitbart and several others had been involved in the planning stages beginning in July 2009, following a period wherein O’Keefe and Giles had shopped around their East Coast ACORN videos basically like a pilot. “They discussed ACORN during their [Breitbart and O’Keefe’s] first phone conversation,” Iredale tells us. “Andrew Breitbart knew about Mr. O’Keefe’s plans before the West Coast videos were made, and he was aware they were recording people without their knowledge or consent.” During his deposition, O’Keefe refused to provide any details from those early discussions that did not directly pertain to the making of the San Diego video, as per the instruction of his attorney, Mike Madigan.

Aside from Breitbart, O’Keefe and Giles enlisted several of their friends in crafting the “prostitute with a law student boyfriend /aspiring pimp” narrative that they used in all the ACORN offices they visited. O’Keefe consulted among others Ben Wetmore, his mentor since Rutgers and former boss at the conservative Leadership Institute. Wetmore is probably best known for authoring the “CNN Caper” document, the itemized action plan and script for O’Keefe’s failed plot to lure CNN’s Abbie Boudreau onto his sailboat for a “comical faux seduction.” Stan Dai—who was arrested (and later convicted) with O’Keefe and two other men during the botched attempt to investigate Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu—proposed the idea of including the concept of housing underage prostitutes in the ACORN sting. Rounding out the cast of would be co-conspirators: Queenie Bui, a Vietnamese American friend of Hannah Giles, who helped host a planning meeting; Anthony Pombal, who was to play the pimp but dropped out due to work obligations; Roger Masi, a college friend of O’Keefe’s who was also scheduled to play the pimp, but had to drop out because he made Hannah Giles uncomfortable; and Rachel Coolidge, who was to play a second prostitute in the original plan, but ultimately could not afford the plane tickets. Anthony Dini, an aspiring singer-songwriter and hometown friend of O’Keefe’s, provided his original song “Ridiculous,” which can be heard during the opening and closing sequences of all the ACORN videos.

You can buy “Ridiculous,” the title track off Dini’s album, from iTunes here.

Normally, Matthew Phelan has been a science journalist, a cartoonist and a writer of fake news headlines. His work has appeared in Current Science, Hacker Monthly, The Onion and Chemical Engineering magazine.

Liz Farkas currently performs due diligence research for a white-collar private investigation firm in New York. She has previously contributed to The Rutgers Centurion, a monthly journal of conservative thought at Rutgers University co-founded by James O’Keefe.

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212 comments

          1. actor212

            You think Breitbart paid this guy $5G a month without some expectations? He was a cheap bastard, I imagine he got more than his money's worth.

  1. Barb

    O'Qeefe's next trick is that he walked into a Five Guys Burger joint and was assigned the customer #62 and when the counter worker called for #57, he totally took the hamburger that didn't belong to him, proving hamburger fraud.

    1. Radio福井県

      He also will bring up that there are only four guys working. Srsly, WTF? BURGER LIBEL!

        1. mayor_quimby

          Originally, it was called '5 Niggaz With Beef'
          (strangely android knows how to spell Niggaz, racist ass tablet)

  2. SorosBot

    This makes me wish I didn't have principles, 'cause I could play a good right-wing hack and then maybe I'd have a shitload of money instead of being broke. Damned conscience.

    1. Ruhe

      I too wish I had the balls to pursue the "mad cheddar" but I'm just a wimpy working class liberal with too much education and no guts. Young GOP brown shirts have cracked the code: America is about winning and if you aren't willing to fuck or be fucked for money then you're losing.

  3. mayor_quimby

    We're gonna need a bigger headline font than this one, Zimmerman is supposed to be giving a presser at 4.30 or so, The Twitter told me so,

    1. actor212

      Turns out, he didn't show up and his attorneys quit the case.

      UPDATE: They were mad at the Zim because he contacted the special prosecutor against their advice.

      This guy is toast.

      1. McDonnellville

        He definitely seems determined to do everything wrong in his own defense.

        Or maybe he's just fucking nuts.

        1. IceCreamEmpress

          Yes, who would have thought that someone who devoted his life to ridding his neighborhood of blah teenagers with candy and soft drinks would be so stupid?

        2. Biel_ze_Bubba

          I hear he's going to rely on Hannity for advice, since Hannity is defending him for free. What could possibly go wrong?

    2. mayor_quimby

      Fucking witter!
      Literally 2 mins after i posted this, twitter was like j/k we meant his attorneys.
      Thanks a lot random assholes starting with @ signs, whom i trusted.
      (i need to teach this android to spell, it substituted ashes for assholes, stupid computer.)f

          1. larrykat

            And this funny tidbit from his "church's" website:

            "Clash Church is located inside the Residence Inn.
            19900 W Country Club Dr, Aventura, FL 33180 "

          2. YasserArraFeck

            Yeah, Daddy Giles looks like a bit of a bad-ass – I think I'll just admire Ms. Giles from afar

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Makes you wonder what it takes to make her "uncomfortable", doesn't it? That Roger Masi must be some piece of work.

  4. Limeylizzie

    That is so complicated, but it means that O'Keefe, Giles and ,especially, Breitbart are/were still a bunch of dozy cunts, right?

  5. mavenmaven

    Get me my blackboard. Breitbart and Solov were really paid agents of Obama who were hired to make innocent Republicans look stupid and bad by hiring O'Keefe and his friends. Then, Obama killed Breitbart to keep this counterintelligence secret. It all makes sense now.

    1. Respitetini

      This is a right-wing smear campaign. How are they supposed to be true to the cause if they don't pay the dude twice as much as the chick?

  6. Goonemeritus

    Would this revelation provide ecclesiastical dispensation to potentially say something untoward about someone who was recently departed?

    1. Judith_Priest

      It would be awesome if they just sing like little finches and pin it all on the Deceased Breitbart.

      Since he paid for it and engineered it, it pretty much IS his fault.

  7. OneYieldRegular

    And they still couldn't manage to come up with a film as good as "Beast of Yucca Flats."

        1. Biel_ze_Bubba

          Those dates are totally bogus. O'Keefe used it again in 2008 and it still worked just fine.

  8. el_donaldo

    Has that artist actually seen O'Keefe. Dude is much uglier than the illustration, which looks much more like Breitbart was paying James Dean for certain favors.

    1. IceCreamEmpress

      On the one hand it's way too flattering to O'Queef. On the other hand, it looks like Joe Pesci in a Jack Kerouac wig, which for some reason has made my day.

    2. Judith_Priest

      Find the YouTube where O'Queefe thinks he's Michael Jackson. Priceless.

      The chubby arrhythmic bovine sorority girls dancing in the vid are a nice touch, too.

  9. LetUsBray

    When you say this news "complicates" the narrative of the videos' development, is that 'complicate' as in 'expose as a big fat fucking lie'?

      1. actor212

        Well, the narratives told by Giles and O'Keefe get more complex, in what is known in third grade circles as "Busted and can't be trusted."

        You might remember this as "I did not have sex with that woman….unless you define a 'blow job' as sex. Then I guess I did, the little whore."

  10. MadBrahms

    Le gasp, real journalisms! Don't think this means we're going to cut back on the cock jokes or unseemly references to skuillfucking, editors/rixes!

    I would love to know what the "difference of visions" was. Was O'Keefe's vision sex? Would anyone be surprised?

  11. Baconzgood

    What iz thiz? Newz on teh Wonkettez? Well it does bash jimmy so I'll allow it to pass. But the next post better be about some Senator sending dick picks to a rent boy.

      1. Baconzgood

        I mean don't Matt and Liz know that we NEED this site. It's our Fox "news". Only, unlike the fox viewer, we know all the shit is made up for the lulz.

    1. Jukesgrrl

      There is a precedent for this. If I remember correctly, the late, great Spy broke some of the better Trump stories. How else would we know that the vulgarian was short-fingered?

  12. byepluto

    This story will tarnish the otherwise flawless reputation and legacy of the late Andrew Breitbart.

    1. Jukesgrrl

      I seriously object to O'Keefe being referred to as a "filmmaker." By his standards any five-year old with a cell phone is a filmmaker. Unless, of course, a Wonket refers to him as a filmmaker for da irony.

  13. Doktor StrangeZoom

    "Queenie Bui, a Vietnamese American friend of Hannah Giles"–OK, that's not even a plausible name for a Bond villain.

  14. MissTaken

    "Roger Masi, a college friend of O’Keefe’s who was also scheduled to play the pimp, but had to drop out because he made Hannah Giles uncomfortable"

    Holy shit, how bad do you have to be to make someone who works with Breitbart and O'Keefe uncomfortable?? Yikes.

    1. occams8ball

      srsly, there are laws protecting decent people from stalkers, amirite? you probably don't believe it, but I am sixty years old and am comfortable with the latest hip jargon!

  15. Not_So_Much

    I wonder if Vera is going to sue them for more than $60K? Cuz that would be a huge financial bummer for the young pimp…

    1. Jukesgrrl

      I feel really sorry for Vera. You don't get much suing someone who lives in his parents' outhouse. They might have wanted to carry the charges to Breitbart's door, but now … Seriously, I'm beginning to think the results of Breitbart's autopsy will be "finally realized what an asshole he was."

  16. Pragmatist2

    Can I say this? I can't read this and drink at the same time. This issues coming up a lot. I just want you to know, I prefer to drink..

    i

  17. elviouslyqueer

    Enjoy prison, Bottom Boy O'Queefy-Poo. And thus concludes this week's episode of Red Hot Poker Up the Santorum Chute.

    1. Chichikovovich

      Yep. They'll treat O'Keefe like a king in prison.

      King Edward II to be precise.

      [OK, that story is probably apocryphal. But this is Wonkette.]

  18. cheetojeebus

    In my mind, I heard that guy who does the monster truck commercials and heavy metal concert ads read that headline. He nailed it.

    you know, in my mind.

  19. widestanceromance

    For a second, I started to think that maybe O'Keefe might not be on the up and up. Then, I saw how many paragraphs are in this post, and I figured, he's probably an alright guy because of freedom.

      1. Blueb4sunrise

        I dunno, more like a 'nothing happened'.

        Conspirator walks into Poll Place, asks ' Do you have an Eric Holder?' [insert your own Bart Simpson joke here] They check the spelling etc., guy turns the book around and says, 'sign here'. Conspirator says he doesn't have I.D., guy says ya don't need it. Conspirator walks out.

          1. Blueb4sunrise

            Yeah, well, don't start drinking. I ain't gonna look.

            I just meant that the poll worker didn't offer to help commit voter fraud to thwart the true wishes of the electorate….. , even the guy was careful to say ' Do you have…', not "I'm Eric Holder'.

    1. GOPCrusher

      Everytime I see his picture I think, now there is a guy that used to take some righteous ass kickings after school. Or had the elastic from his tighty whities up around his ears on several occasions after gym class.

  20. DaRooster

    "…Anthony Pombal, who was to play the pimp but dropped out due to work obligations; Roger Masi, a college friend of O’Keefe’s who was also scheduled to play the pimp, but had to drop out because he made Hannah Giles uncomfortable…"

    So in typical right wing fashion- O'Keffe wasn't gonna pay people for actually doing the work and… and… at least one was too creepy? Sounds about right.

    1. sullivanst

      And how creepy do you have to be to skeeve out someone who's comfortable with JOKe in the same role?

  21. Lascauxcaveman

    Yep, you can buy a lot of good, rock solid journamilism for $65,000.

    Or you can rent an O'Keefe.

    1. Jukesgrrl

      I'd be willing to take a bet that Woodward and Bernstein's combined salaries at the Post weren't $65,000 the year they reported on the Watergate cover-up.

  22. Deportably_Jose

    The depositions were taken this past March at the Washington, D.C. offices of Planet Depos — a third-party supplier of certified court reporters and legal videographers that is really, actually named that, which is totally great.

    Eh. Personally, I much prefer the Depo Depot.

  23. HobbesEvilTwin

    here's the shorter version for all you TLDR'ers:
    Breitbart is a douche
    O'Keefe is a douche
    O'Keefe's whore is a whore douche.

    1. Inchhigh

      Oh, jeezus, thanks for clearing that up, HobbesET, I was afraid in my slothiness I'd have to just go with my former understanding that Breitbart was a douche O'Keefe is a douche, and O'K's whore is a douche. Oh…wait…

      SIncerely, TLDRtard

  24. BaldarTFlagass

    I study political science
    I love my classes
    I got a crazy mentor, he loves men's asses
    Things are going great, and they're only getting better
    I'm doing all right, getting good grades
    The future's so bright, I gotta wear pimp shades,

    I've got a job waiting, 'pon my graduation
    Sixty thou a year — buys a lot of beer
    Things are going great, and they're only getting better
    I'm doing all right, getting good grades
    The future's so bright, I gotta wear pimp shades

  25. imissopus

    I think I hear Breitbart spinning in his grave. Of course that could just be because all the cocaine hasn't worked its way out of his system yet.

    1. Not_So_Much

      OT, still no official cause of death for the fat turd. Maybe it's hard to articulate a complete coke-instead-of-blood replacement?

  26. Baconzgood

    Man. One has to be pretty creepy to out creepy Creepy Jimmy O’Keefe. This guy must be a hall of fame creepy pedo bear white van guy.

  27. WiscDad

    So Masi made Giles uncomfortable huh? Guess it was just a matter of time before the barn incident with Jimmy

  28. Gleem McShineys

    That drawing of Breitbart is pretty good, but it really could use x's instead of eyes, for accuracy.

  29. CapnFatback

    That is, quite plainly, the filthiest evolutionary cycle graphic that I have ever seen.

  30. Slim_Pickins

    Vera, Boudreau, Landrieu — Jimmy-boy should learn to stay away from people whose last names end in vowels.

  31. GemlikeFlame

    In one of the other articles on little Jimmy (I'm ashamed to share my first name with him), I thought that he was unlikely to have the smarts or ambition to pull off all this stuff by himself and wondered who was pulling his strings.

    Now we know. With any luck, the money for these shenanigans just dried up and blew away with Breitbart and I hope the same happens to Jimmy and his He-Man Women Haters Club.

  32. owhatever

    For that amount of cash, Breitbart could have purchased a really nice tombstone for me to piss on.

  33. anniegetyerfun

    Wait, is the breaking news here that Breitbart was in this from the beginning? Because I never thought otherwise.

  34. Tundra Grifter

    Where can I purchase one of those Lily Ledbetter suits?

    The last designer suit I purchased was a Givenchy.

    I do like Huddie's music, however.

  35. mrblifil

    It is typical for exclusive breaking Wonkettz journamalism scoops to refer in one way or another to teh buttsecks. Please be advised in future.

  36. gurukalehuru

    Tip of the iceberg, baby. Breitbart gets nailed posthumously for one crime but there will be another, and another, until lots of Republicans glom onto this "blame the dead guy" technique and, before you know it….Breitbart did 9/11!

  37. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    The ironic thing is that O'Keefe would have had more honor if he had been a child prostitute importing pimp.

  38. Geminisunmars

    You can tell that this is a faux posting because O'Keefe's mentor's name is "Been Wetmore".

  39. Jukesgrrl

    Snark off: I read O'Keefe's Wikipedia entry the other day. Seriously, some American presidents have shorter ones. I suspect he wrote it himself, then it was edited to avoid libel by some official Wiki-editor. He waxes poetic and in extensive detail about the wonders of his oeuvre. His totally disasters are classified as "Minor Works." The spankings he's received from law enforcement are buried deep into the chronicle of his "accomplishments."

    This is a sample paragraph: "For his first video, O'Keefe and other Centurion [a conservative college rag] writers met with Rutgers dining staff to demand the banning of the cereal Lucky Charms from dining halls because of its offense to Irish Americans. O'Keefe said the leprechaun mascot presented a stereotype. He intended to have officials lose either way: to appear insensitive to an ethnic group, or to look silly by agreeing to ban Lucky Charms. The students said they expected to be thrown out for the discussion, but the Rutgers official took notes, was courteous, and said their concerns would be considered. Rutgers staff say the cereal was never taken off the menu." So in other words, they thought their plan was foolproof, but they lost on every objective, not to mention humor. Yet this inane prank is treated as a serious political activity.

    I can't bring myself to look at his entry in the Conservapedia. My computer probably doesn't have enough power to process the text.

    And BTW, Wiki says he graduated from Rutgers. I thought assholes on his level always went to Dartmouth.

  40. Guppy

    [Liz Farkas] has previously contributed to The Rutgers Centurion, a monthly journal of conservative thought at Rutgers University co-founded by James O’Keefe.

    Now here promises to be an interesting story…

      1. Guppy

        No, I get the feeling this is more personal. O'Keefe has a long history of… less enlightened attitudes towards women, after all.

        It's Dramalicious!

        1. LetUsBray

          Did O'Queefe offer her a ride on his dildo boat, too? Anyway, it's no surprise Ms. Farkas would have gravitated to Teh Wonkette: Compared to that guy, we ooze class out of every possible orifice.

  41. chascates

    GOOD GOD! Hannah Giles killed Andrew Breitbart! It all makes so much sense now!

    And I can PROVE I was in Texas the week he was killed.

  42. An_Outhouse

    "had to drop out because he made Hannah Giles uncomfortable"

    I'd pay to see the interview with that drooler.

  43. jrobinson

    Seriously? Freelance journalists sell stories all the time. National Geo, for example, even finances expeditions. Does that compromise the science conducted?

    Face it, the whole purpose of this article is to dismiss the things Brietbart did, not make any arguments about what he found. And who's it directed at? Those on the Right see this as a transparent ploy; you ain't converting anyone. No, this is targeted at your friends on the Left who are starting to look over the fence of your plantation – where the koolaid is free and MSNBC is on all day long.

    1. catspjs

      Haha. Show me a freelance journalist who makes that much money from one story and maybe I'll agree with you.

  44. C_R_Eature

    A fine piece of Investigative Journalism: factual, well sourced and concise.
    I'd say, to Breitbart, O'Keefe, et.al. that this is how Journalism's done except for the facts – a.) none of them are actual Journalists and b.) Breitbart's Still Dead.

  45. outragedcitizen

    Instead of wasting their time making, "Social Network" Fichner and Sorkin should have turned this cluster-fuck into a movie! The three stooges could have played the main characters.

  46. mookwrthwilson

    That drawing of O'Keefe doesn't have that "I'm a child sex offender" look that he does in real life.

  47. ttommyunger

    Amazing how artwork can almost make someone look human. BTW, when is America going to scrape this little piece of shit off of its shoe?

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