O'Keefe Asks Fans to Pay His Credit Card Bill

ACORN 'pimp' says he spent $50K filming NPR video
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2011 1:03 PM CDT
James O'Keefe Tells Supporters He's Racked Up 'Major Credit Card Debt' With Sting Videos
James O'Keefe makes a statement after leaving the federal courthouse in New Orleans, Wednesday, May 26, 2010.   (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

(Newser) – Fake pimping just doesn’t pay like it used to. Just ask James O’Keefe, who says he and his friends spent $50,000 on their NPR “sting” video, racking up “major credit card debt” in the process. Now, he’s sent an email to his supporters asking them to pay that tab, Talking Points Memo reports. “If you help us raise over $50,000, it will go towards our next video,” O’Keefe writes, “after we pay our credit cards, of course.”

“Up ‘til now, my friends and I have financed all of our work on our own,” he writes. “We made a lot of sacrifices—personally and financially—because we fight for what we believe in.” He says the “mult-billion dollar major media Goliath” is attacking him, and that he expects lawsuits. “We can’t afford to go on like this,” he says. “We’re ready and waiting to expose more government corruption. But—it all comes down to money.” (Read more James O'Keefe stories.)

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