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PORTLAND, Ore. — A conservative group seemingly caught trying to pass false sexual misconduct allegations against Senate candidate Roy Moore to The Washington Post has received sizable contributions from donors in Oregon, according to public records.
Last year, Project Veritas, an organization known for undercover investigations, received $80,395 from businesses or individuals living in Oregon, according to records filed with the Oregon Department of Justice charitable activities section. The New York-based non-profit reported $4.8 million in contributions nationwide last year.
According to state records, Oregon donors have provided $115,556 to Project Veritas since 2012. The records do not identify names of donors or size of individual contributions.
The Washington Post published a story Monday about a woman who approached the newspaper with false allegations about Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Reporters from the Post reportedly saw the woman, identified as Jaime Phillips walking into the New York offices of Project Veritas.
"We don't comment on investigations real or imagined, or imagined stings," Project Veritas chairman James O'Keefe told The Associated Press on Monday.
Project Veritas has a history of targeting Democratic groups and media outlets, often by hiding their identities and using hidden cameras.
A previous O'Keefe sting led to the demise of ACORN, a community organizing group that O'Keefe portrayed as engaged in criminal activity via hidden cameras.
O'Keefe was convicted in 2010 as part of a scheme to illegally make recordings at the office of then-Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat.
In May 2016, O’Keefe posted hidden camera video of former Oregon House leader Val Hoyle. At the time, Hoyle, a Democrat, was running for Oregon Secretary of State. The May 16, 2016 post on the Project Veritas website explained, “The video exposes the partisanship of the Bus Project and the leftist agenda of the Oregon Public School system.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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