June 1st, 2010
10:30 AM ET
5 years ago

O'Keefe: 'I'd do it again'

James O'Keefe said Tuesday that he doesn't regret his attempt to tamper with Sen. Mary Landrieu's phone system.
James O'Keefe said Tuesday that he doesn't regret his attempt to tamper with Sen. Mary Landrieu's phone system.

(CNN) – The conservative videographer who plead guilty to entering federal property under false pretenses following an attempt to access Sen. Mary Landrieu's office phone system says that if given the chance, he'd do it again.

"I'd do it again, I might do it differently," James O'Keefe told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday.

"I don't regret what I did," O'Keefe said before adding, "Senators are corrupt, politicians are corrupt. These people have to be investigated."

When asked by Stephanopoulos if he would intentionally break the law again, O'Keefe indicated he would alter his methods.

"I might do it a little differently," O'Keefe said.

O'Keefe is one of four men arrested in January. Two of the group posed as telephone repair workers to get into Landrieu's office while O'Keefe secretly videotaped the incident.

Throughout the interview, O'Keefe defends his methods, saying, "This is not a left or right thing. This is about exposing corruption."

O'Keefe is best known for the films in which he dressed as a pimp and visited the offices of ACORN, which bills itself as an advocacy group for low- and middle-income families, to solicit advice on setting up a brothel, among other scenarios.

He secretly recorded the visits on videotapes that were posted on the Internet, leading to a media firestorm. ACORN announced in March it was shutting down due to a loss of funding.

Editor’s note: The original story has been updated to reflect new language in the first sentence. The words “tamper with” have been struck and replaced with “access” to accurately describe James O’Keefe’s plea bargain. The new sentence now reads: (CNN) – The conservative videographer who plead guilty to entering federal property under false pretenses following an attempt to access Sen. Mary Landrieu's office phone system says that if given the chance, he'd do it again.


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  1. Papasan in AZ

    seems stupid really can be a way of life...

    June 1, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. chad

    its nice to hear that he has learned his lesson

    June 1, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. BeverlyNC

    O'Keefe is nothing more than a publicity-seeking punk. He is a criminal and a dangerous menace. He should have received a longer jail term and been ordered to stay away from offices all elected officials unless he has a wriiten invitation.

    O'Keefe – just another Republican domestic terrorist in the making.

    June 1, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Tulsa

    Broke the law? a REPUBLICAN?!?!?!?
    lol... scum bags.

    June 1, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. A Kickin' Donkey

    There is no need for a lot of words on this guy. Lock him up!

    June 1, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Dustin

    This is not about exposing corruption. This is about baiting entry level employees into making statements that appear much more increminating than they actually are. The full length ACORN tapes show that nothing illegal was taking place. This clown broke the law, and now says he would gladly do it again.

    June 1, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Bill from GA

    Clearly the punishment was not enough, if he would do it again.

    There is no accountability among the right; they believe the end justifies any method. The rule of law is for the other people. Their corrupt judges, in the pocket of the rich and powerful, enable them.

    June 1, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. JonDie

    Sound like a man loyal to the ideals of the Republican Party, i.e., a common criminal.

    June 1, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. JES

    He also said that he would not break the law we will see.

    June 1, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. jacko

    Good for him. .
    SOMEBODY should do it.
    He deserves a medal.

    June 1, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Wilson James

    This guy needs jail time, some maturity and some exposure to real life. These neo-con wingers are getting a little scary.....willing to ignore law, ignore the constitution and deny the rest of us our freedoms to make silly political points.

    June 1, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. Ben in Texas

    I guess his guilty plea will prevent us from ever knowing exactly what they planned to do. Tap a senator's phone? Gather intelligence for the Repugnant Party or Tea Party? Tamper with data on a senator's computer system? I hope this guy goes to jail for a good long while.

    June 1, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. payback

    ......If he said, it's not a left vs right...Then he should go after republicans. How come he, didn't go after the biggest crooks?. Like bush and cheney....He along, with bush and cheney. Belong in PRISON. I mean under the PRISON.......................

    June 1, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. NVa Native

    This guy is the typical Fox media punk – he'll have his own time slot with Fox & Fiends in no time. Facts, integrity, and our laws mean nothing to him or the rest.
    All he wants to do is sell his sleazy theatrics & faux (fox) drama to the simple minded fear-based base whimps of the Repub party.
    So I guess "conservative videographer" is just another name for social parasite .... or scum bag.

    June 1, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. Learned nothing

    I guess the sentence taught him nothing, and he is ready to skirt the law again. I think perhaps he should actually have to go to jail to learn taht no one is allowed to break the law.

    June 1, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    If "politicians are corrupt" lets see if his next target is a Democrat (again) or a Republican. Of course everyone already knows the answer to that already

    June 1, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Mike S

    Corrupt exposing corrupt...

    June 1, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. JohnRJ08

    This moron reminds me of Lee Harvey Oswald. Same pursed lips and strident demeanor. It's a shame that the media is giving him any air time.

    June 1, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. DennisK

    It's not a left or right thing. It's the fact this this guy is a punk and a weasel.

    June 1, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. jean

    He needs to do this to McConnell and Boehner if he wants to investigate someone. It should be those lying republicans.

    June 1, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. Just Asking

    This is not a left or right thing, it is willfully breaking the law. Send this guy to jail where he can rethink his position that he is above the law.

    June 1, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. Jason

    Don't forget his "ACORN" videos were just as much of a fraud as his "pimp" costume. He asked relevant questions of ACORN staff, then edited the videos to portray corruption and illegality. This kid obviously didn't learn his lesson, which is why his jail time wasn't enough.

    For him to say it's not a "left or right" thing is like FOX saying it's "Fair and Balanced"

    June 1, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  23. Angus McDugan

    I'm a fan of outing corrupt organizations such as ACORN, but not by breaking the law. Both ACORN and O'Keefe were wrong in their approach to their ends.

    June 1, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. mdn

    Seems like Mr O'Keefe has his own personal corruption issues to deal with.

    Given the issues he chooses to expose, he appears to be a pimp for the right despite what he claims.

    June 1, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. JoAnn

    Since he is so outspoken about doing the crime again, I'm sure the FBI will be keeping tabs and him & his buddies!!!

    June 1, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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