Police investigate congressman's son over voter fraud allegations
Conservative activist James O'Keefe (L) talks about how he captured Patrick Moran (R) giving advice on how to committ voter fraud.
October 25th, 2012
03:05 PM ET
9 years ago

Police investigate congressman's son over voter fraud allegations

(CNN) - Police in Arlington County, Virginia said Thursday they will start a criminal investigation of "election offense allegations" involving the son of Democratic Rep. Jim Moran.

The congressman's son, Patrick, resigned from his position Wednesday as a paid staff member on his father's re-election campaign after secretly-recorded video showed him giving detailed advice on how to commit voter fraud.

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Moran, now in his 11th term, released a statement saying his son, Patrick, was "a well-respected member of the campaign team. This incident, however, was clearly an error in judgment. The campaign has accepted Patrick's resignation, effective immediately."

The video, which first emerged Wednesday, was released by Project Veritas, a 501(C)3 group created by conservative activist James O'Keefe. O'Keefe is known for using fake aliases and secretly record videos to try to expose fraud.

In the edited video, an undercover Project Veritas employee with a hidden camera approaches Patrick Moran, asking for advice on how to vote for 100 people.

Though remaining skeptical, Patrick Moran suggests forging utility bills or bank statements as forms of ID, as well as pretending to be a pollster in order to call voters and find out if they are inactive.

The Arlington County Commonwealth Attorney's Office and the Arlington County Police Department said in a statement that they are aware of the video that allegedly depicts Patrick Moran of "assisting another to vote illegally."

"The Arlington County Police Department has initiated a criminal investigation of this matter," the statement read.

After the video made headlines, Patrick Moran released a statement Wednesday, saying he does not endorse "any sort of illegal or unethical behavior."

"At no point did I take this person seriously. He struck me as being unstable and joking, and for only that reason did I humor him," he said. "In hindsight, I should have immediately walked away, making it clear that there is no place in the electoral process for even the suggestion of illegal behavior: joking or not."

Rep. Jim Moran represents Virginia's 8th Congressional District, which includes Washington, D.C. suburbs such as Arlington County and the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church.

Filed under: 2012 • Virginia • Voter Problems
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Malory Archer

    It's really unfortunate that he resigned prior to the entire video being released. As always happens when the homely kid is involved, the truth will come out on Friday evening when nobody is paying attention that this is another hatchet job, but of course the "librul" media will downplay it and flash another shiny object to distract the low information voters.

    October 25, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |

    No surprise it was a democrat.

    October 25, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. myviewis

    And I'm sure he is one of many that pushed for no ID requirements to vote. We knew it wouldn't take long for voter fraud to take place.

    October 25, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |

    Like father like son!
    VOTE OBAMA and kick the Repubs out!

    October 25, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Guest

    Illegals voting in CO, fraud in VA, bogus letters to repub voters in FLA......the desperation from the Dems is obvious. The end of Obama destructive reign is almost over.

    ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!

    October 25, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. jon

    Let me get this straight ... he was humoring the guy, but he knew exactly how to do it. Sounds fishy to me!!

    October 25, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Malory Archer


    Let me get this straight ... he was humoring the guy, but he knew exactly how to do it. Sounds fishy to me!!


    Considering that anyone who has been paying attention for more than five minutes is aware of the homely kid and his MO (he should be doing hard time for wiretapping a Louisiana Senator's office), it isn't a stretch to believe Patrick Moran is telling the truth.

    October 25, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Bill from GA

    When O'Keefe was arrested for breaking into a Louisiana Senator's office, he should have done prison time, but a family friend-judge let him off.

    He has no credibility, except with right-wing nutjobs.

    Still, Moran should have known better. Politics is too dirty not to take more seriously

    October 25, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. DL

    Republicans are running from Nathan Sproul and Strategic Allied Consulting as fast as they can, but even as they sever ties, ten counties in Florida alone are now reporting possible fraudulent voter registration forms turned in by the group hired by the Republican Party

    Sproul was hired by the Bush Campaign to register Republican voters and misplace or destroy Democratic voters in 2004. For his services, Sproul was paid eight million dollars.

    The Romney campaign and State level Republicans in several battle ground states hired strategic Allied Consulting, one of Sproul’s voter registration businesses in several of the battleground states.

    This is small time compared to what the GOP have been doing. So know the whole story.

    October 25, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Norma Vessels

    There are bad guys in the Democratic party .. there are bad guys in the Republican party. One incident on
    each side has proven that, in the past two weeks. We all need to be watchful, and try very hard to behave ourselves, at the same time.

    October 25, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "edited video"

    End of story.

    October 25, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. betterdays

    Not surprised at all. Happens all the time. Can't have a photo ID requirement, though! Don't want to disenfranchise any minorities!

    See racist story about white voters elsewhere on this site.

    October 25, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Critical Thinking

    Can we once and for all agree that there is voter fraud and the only way to resolve this problem is to simply request a valid ID be presented at the time of voting. This is so stupid to keep dealing with this when the solution is so simple.

    October 25, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. John

    I realize that voter fraud doesn't exist, and it's discriminatory to ask for people to get a drivers license. Wait...don't we require that for driving? Back to my point. Why can't we at least put video cameras in every polling place where we video the person coming in, and we watch them when they check in. That person's name could be flashed to the camera, and then we'd have a record. Seems to me that would discourage fraud because it will be caught on tape and proven. That doesn't require anyone to do anything – just cameras.

    October 25, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    Does anyone remember that this was the guy who tried to "seduce" a CNN reporter on a boat in an effort to destroy the credibility of CNN? James O'Keefe has made a career out of manufacturing controversies so he can prove a point that only exists in his feverish mind: at the same time, Nathan Sproul, a GOP consultant, has been investigated for committing voter fraud in at least 10 counties in FL, and one of his operatives was arrested for destroying voter registration forms. Why has the GOP sought to keep allying themselves with people who want to mislead, lie and disenfranchise people?

    October 25, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |

    Ok. What is Cuccinelli going to do about the voter registration forms that were tossed in the dumpster by the republican operative?

    October 25, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. sonny chapman

    The same thing could be done w/Stephen Colbert's faux interviews of Congressmen... if Stephen Colbert were a piece of slime like James O'Keefe. It must be sad when your aspiration is to be the next Matt Drudge.

    October 25, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. Syd

    Idiot. Crooked idiot but still an idiot.

    October 25, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. truth hurts

    Oh come on we ALL KNOW there is NO SUCH THING as voter fraud because Sniffy has stated over and over again it has never been proven therefore doesn't exist. And yet we have Democrats out there like this guy that can practically give courses in how to do it. And it is remarkable that it is so VERY EASY. Which is just how the Democrats and far left want to keep it. A close election? Not a problem! Let the Democrats tell you how to create and extra few thousand votes.

    Wake up America!! Your country is being STOLEN by the Democrats and far left.

    October 25, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. bb

    The keyword is "edited" video.

    October 25, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. truth hurts

    Sniffit - "edited video" End of story.

    ??????????????????????????????? Where's the usual rant about no proof of voter fraud???????????????????????
    Cat gotcha tongue?

    October 25, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. Arun

    The repubes will promote this, but they won't talk about all the illegal tactics their governors and state attorneys are using around the country to purge people from voting. Again this party, repubes, is a joke and needs to be put out to pasture!!

    October 25, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. EnuffAlready

    Kind of goes with the Obama campaign motto. If you can't win lie, cheat and steal.

    October 25, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. roro

    Moran is just following the tactics of the Republicans:

    voter fraud,
    voter suppression,
    telling people they can vote by phone,
    throwing away Democrats' voter registrations,
    eliminating people from voter lists,
    telling their employees who to vote for if they want to keep their jobs,
    billboards in mostly black and latino communities showing people in jail for fraud if they don't have a voter I.D..
    the relentless war on women,
    and the arrogant dismissal of 47% of our citizens.

    October 25, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. Sandy

    LOL. Republicans have been committing BIG TIME election fraud and it was NEVER reported!

    October 25, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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