James O’Keefe was recently forced out as CEO of Project Veritas and controversy has been brewing ever since. The Board of Directors claimed that he was forced out because of financial indiscretion and using donor money for personal purposes. Many online, however, suspected the real reason had to do with his release of a video exposing a Pfizer director, as the coup-like push-out occurred shortly after that video was released.
On the day of his departure, O’Keefe released a video in which he said “So currently, I have no job at Project Veritas. I have no position here based upon what the board has done. So I’m announcing to you all that today on President’s Day, I’m packing up my personal belongings.”
That infuriated Project Veritas supporters. People unfollowed Project Veritas’ Twitter account in droves and it looked like donors might stop supporting the organization.
Now, it’s all coming to fruition as The Post Millenial has obtained and exposed a letter by the Project Veritas Board of Directors in which it begs donors to stick with the organization despite the recent drama.
In the letter, the Project Veritas Board said “We hope that you might continue to give us a chance. We can’t stress how separate the board’s role is from daily operations here at PV. We are still grinding and pursuing stories of great public importance.”
The Post Millenial, adding more details on the contents of the letter and who wrote it, reported that:
The email, sent by Bethany Rolando, who was one of the 16 signers of a letter sent to the Board of Directors reporting personal grievances against O’Keefe, offers the subject line “Update: We hold everyone accountable, especially ourselves.”
“We understand and share your frustrations,” the email reads. “We all love and respect James and hope he returns. This is difficult for everyone.”
The email states that “an independent two-dimensional audit is being arranged” to determine if financial wrong-doing has taken place, and if O’Keefe had broken administrative procedure.
These issues include “Breaking the Bylaws of the organization by unilaterally dismissing the CFO and co-opting another board member’s vote by saying that board member supported the dismissal,” noting that this second Board member “did not.”
The letter also accused O’Keefe of acting irresponsibly with Project Veritas employees.
For example, it attacks him for having fired the CFO without Board oversight or approval, saying “Most recently, the treatment of Barry Hinckley and Tom O’Hara. These 2 highly respected individuals did what they thought was right for the betterment of the organization and got berated in public on Tuesday and effectively terminated by Thursday.”
Then, in another part, it notes that O’Keefe had sour personal relationships with some employees at Project Veritas, such as when he called Spencer Mead a “p*ssy”. Related to that, the Board argued that the issue with O’Keefe came in part from trouble “with employment laws/workplaces safety regarding appropriate treatment of the employees was based, in part, on his interaction with senior staff in a Leadership call on January 31, 2023.” Apparently, after that call, “Staff across multiple departments were ready to leave PV immediately if his conduct remained unaddressed.”