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
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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. Angel

    James O'Keefe is already a has-been. He is constantly trying to recapture his days of glory by looking to bring someone down in a scandal through the use of his cheap, edited videos obtained by his lame undercover tactics.

    October 25, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. MrBeenThere

    So................... Acorn was never Proven Guilty and this one dolt probably is guilty of being a idiot, So you slam all Democrats. And completely Ignore the whole sale voter suppression and Indictments of Republican voter fraud. What's even funner the group / Guy accused is still working and being paid by the Republicans.
    So where's the OUTRAGE..........................

    October 25, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Mark

    The voter fraud issue can be put to rest once this election is over. Require a picture ID of all citizens. For those sane states who require proof of citizenship to drive, use drivers licenses and for those insane states who allow illegals to drive, require a voter ID based on birth certificate and social security number. Simple. Would take very little effort to attain this and has nothing to do with race if everyone is required to have it. All races of people who can get to the polls, get to the doctor, get to the grocery store, get to church etc..... make this one of your things you gotta do! One illegal vote in an election taints the whole election. This does not harken back to the Jim Crow days at all, so bag that little discussion. Every American should strive and want for a clean election.

    October 25, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. RKN

    folks- voter fraud is not common.
    Now I will ask you to go to D.C. and find the Voter I.D. Agency, Photo registration and Data collection Department to get your special Voter I.D. card that will cost you $150.
    You good with that?
    Why do this? so that we can catch those 120 people who committed fraud in the last few elections.

    Folks, if you need to prevent people from voting in order to win the election – maybe your ideas suck.

    October 25, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. Sniffit

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

    Aaaw, how cute, you just proved that it's sunk in enough that I don't have to repeat it. However, you seem to be having a real problem understanding smoething very VERY basic here. Let me explain the part that you seem to have troubel with: Someone speculating about how people might commit voter fraud is not evidence of it actually happening. Is that simplified enough for your sluggish cognition?


    October 25, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Nate


    Like father like son!
    VOTE OBAMA and kick the Repubs out!
    October 25, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |

    Try reading the article, he is a democrat, not a republican. Not that either side is clean, but your inability to read represents your party well!!

    October 25, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. CharlesKayeMBA

    If you dems want to eliminate voter fraud, they you better support Voter ID laws, otherwise, you're nothing but bags of hot air, shouting at a problem, but not willing to provide a solution...

    BTW – I'm quite sure America is getting used to democrats never providing solutions...

    Say NO to BO 2012.

    October 25, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's next dog catcher

    @enuf are saying Obama tactics are no different than republicans? Is moran actually Obama?

    Like to see the unedited video, considering the editorial creative history of veritas.

    October 25, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. John the Historian

    Republicans and their ads about voter ids and calls telling people to vote later. Scaring Hispanics in to thinking they might be deported. Republicans trying to get only the military to vote early in Ohio. Republicans are nothing but the Christian Right Party and the party of Wall Street.

    October 25, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |

    Project Veritas? Aren't they proven liars?
    Check the video and look for the unedited version
    There is STILL no in-person voter fraud
    There is STILL no proof of in person voter fraud
    and why do we give proven liars press?

    October 25, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Bill

    James O'Keefe is a right wing TOOL, what about all the GOP voter fraud? This guy is a clown, his show is over. Why does anyone pay any attention to him – CNN is this news?!

    October 25, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Pete

    @truth hurts,Clear Channel,owned by Bain has been told by the courts to remove all fraudulent bill boards in minority neighborhoods.And in Virginia a man was caught throwing voters applications in a dumpster and was arrested,he was jailed but released after the company of Nathan Sproul posted bail and the offender was sent to another state to do the same thing,nice ha!!In Florida governor Rick Scott is trying to get three liberal judges removed from the states Supreme court as then he can change the voting quidelines that would give republicans an advantage,basically election fraud but its more blantantly public and could lead to law suits if it comes close in state votes...Those are some of your republicans fraud ,supression cases "truth"and an expresident of the Floridas republican party was in a meeting with GOV. Rick Scott and others complaining they some how have to find a way to supress minority voters at all costs because they're scared of another election repeat of 2008 when McCain got trounced by then senator Obama,remember that truth and it did hurt didn't it !!

    October 25, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Enough is Enough

    Obama is praying that people vote early and often.

    October 25, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    -truth hurts

    Sniffit – "edited video" End of story.

    ??????????????????????????????? Where's the usual rant about no proof of voter fraud???????????????????????
    Cat gotcha tongue
    Does the name Nathan Sproul ring a bell? Probably not, since that would require an intellect, soemthing you abviously don't have or use. He's the GOp oeprative being investigated in FL for committing the fraud you claim is the province of Democrats. he's been pulling this for over a decade, pocketing about 21 million dollars from the RNC, changing the name of his company as he goes along. One of his operatives has been arrested for destroying signed voter regsitration forms: no comment there, truth? What a well-trained parrot you are.

    October 25, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. akcoyote

    Folks, this year has proven that there is voter fraud being committed by BOTH parties. I'm a conservative but I play by the rules and expect others to do the same. If republicans are committing fraud then they need to be tried and if convicted, go to jail. With that said however, it is time for those on the left to admit the same, quit blaming the 'other guy' and join forces to do something about it. Personally, I would like to see every democrat swept from office BUT I want it to be by the will of the people and not done dishonestly. Until such time as we ALL admit that there is a problem and do whatever it takes to correct the problem, the fraud will continue and EVERYONE will lose. We can't afford the best government that money can buy.

    October 25, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "If you dems want to eliminate voter fraud, they you better support Voter ID laws, otherwise, you're nothing but bags of hot air, shouting at a problem, but not willing to provide a solution..."

    Well, that's interesting, because most Dems and liberals actually look at the FACTS and ackowledge that, because there is no evidence of in-person voter fraud actually occurring (i.e., the only kind of voter fraud that IDs would prevent), there THERE ISN'T A VOTER FRAUD PROBLEM IN THE FIRST PLACE. This O'Keefe turd is just bending over and blowing smoke at the issue to get you all tantrummed up.

    October 25, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Hay, CNN doesn't seem to believe in reporting the rampent voter registration fraud with a felony arrest of an rnc employee in virgina last week and voter registration fraud in Florida and Ohio and several other states by Nathan sproul hired directly by the rnc rincemy pennis ,chair woman of the republicans national commetee.

    October 25, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. Namedd

    Something you won't see al sharpton ranting about on msnbc comedy hour

    October 25, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "Folks, this year has proven that there is voter fraud being committed by BOTH parties."

    No it hasn't.

    This video and those like it: someone speculating about how one might commit voter fraud is NOT evidence of it actually occurring.

    Arrests of RNC operatives and such, who threw out registrations or submitted fraudulent ones: registration fraud is not the same as actual voter fraud and almost never results in actual fraudulent votes getting cast (for some reason, Mickey Mouse never shows up at the polls).


    October 25, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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