Conservative activist James O’Keefe — whose Project Veritas Action has released controversial undercover videos targeting CNN, the Hillary Clinton campaign and the liberal group ACORN — will keynote the Palm Beach County Republican Party’s annual Lobsterfest dinner next month.
The dinner is slated for Aug. 17 at the Polo Club of Boca Raton, with tickets selling for $145 a plate or $250 for a VIP reception. The event will also feature U.S. Reps. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, and Ron DeSantis, R-Ponte Vedra Beach. Freshman Mast is the only Republican in Palm Beach County’s U.S. House delegation. DeSantis is a potential 2018 candidate for governor or attorney general.
O’Keefe burst onto the political scene in 2009 when he and a Florida International University student posed as a pimp and prostitute and recorded hidden-camera footage in which they visited offices of the liberal Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now and appeared to get advice from ACORN employees on setting up a brothel and evading taxes.
Last fall, O’Keefe’s Project Veritas recorded videos in West Palm Beach in which Clinton campaign staffers appeared to make light of sexual assault and condone the destruction of voter registration forms submitted by Republicans.
O’Keefe’s critics accuse him of selectively and deceptively editing videos and note he was sentenced in 2010 to three years’ probation, 100 hours of community service and a $1,500 fine for the misdemeanor charge of entering a federal building under false pretenses.