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Think Tanked
Posted at 07:47 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Did James O’Keefe target the Economic Policy Institute?

James O’Keefe, the conservative videographer, appears to have made the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a progressive Washington, DC think tank, his newest target.

Last week, EPI president Lawrence Mishel received a strange phone call from an individual identifying himself as Luke Fowler, a researcher at a hedge fund who claimed his manager wanted to fund a study that showed cuts to education and collective bargaining would hurt students.

Mishel told Huffington Post’s Sam Stein:

“He wanted me to do something to show that spending cuts were going to hurt children in schools,” Mishel said. “I told him, you know, you can’t buy results.”

O’Keefe’s organization, Project Veritas, has declined to say whether or not it has targeted EPI and it is not entirely clear what the extent of the operation was.

However, a domain search has revealed that a shadow website used in the operation is registered to Project Veritas acting executive director Shane Cory.

The irony of it all for Mishel was that the research results the individual on the phone was asking for were probably the result he would have gotten without the money.

“He was trying to get me to say, yeah, give me the money and I will come up with a report that says cutting back on school funding is going to hurt school kids,” said Mishel. “Which actually is the truth -- I could have given him evidence that shows that.”

O’Keefe’s past targets have included Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA.), ACORN, NPR and CNN.

He is currently serving probation for a misdemeanor charge of entering federal property under false pretenses related to the Landrieu incident.

By  |  07:47 PM ET, 10/19/2011

 
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