on wednesday New York Magazine reported that James O’Keefe was placed on paid leave from Project Veritas and will take a few weeks of “well-deserved PTO.”
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James O’Keefe is on paid leave from Project Veritas https://t.co/K9IRpCTfCp
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) February 8, 2023
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NY Mag reported:
James O’Keefe, founder and chairman of Project Veritas, has taken a paid leave from the conservative nonprofit media organization as its board considers whether to remove him from his leadership position, according to current and former employees of the organization.
An internal message sent to Project Veritas employees by the organization’s executive director, Daniel Strack, said O’Keefe will take “a few weeks of well-deserved PTO.” An image of the message was shared by a source familiar with the company’s internal workings, and its authenticity was confirmed by a current employee. When reached for comment on his personal cell phone, O’Keefe said nothing in response and did not respond to follow-up calls and text messages. Through a Project Veritas spokesperson, Strack later released a statement on behalf of the organization. “Like all newsrooms at this stage, the Project Veritas Board of Directors and management are constantly evaluating what is the best path forward for the organization,” the statement read in part. It did not directly question O’Keefe’s employment status. “Project Veritas has 65+ employees dedicated to continuing the mission of exposing corruption, dishonesty, waste, fraud and other misconduct in both public and private institutions,” the statement said. “To our supporters: We hear you, we care about you and we will never give up.”
O’Keefe is the guiding ideological force and onscreen face of his organization, but amid internal turmoil, lawsuits from former employees, leaks about its inner workings and reports of a federal investigation into it, his position as day-to-day manager has become uncertain. Ritual buys a diary stolen from the president’s daughter Ashley Biden. Strack’s internal message to employees he described as “a confusing time” and said a board meeting was held to discuss the “health of the organization” and that “we haven’t come up with a final solution yet. Some immediate decisions.” The message said two top Project Veritas executives, including the nonprofit’s chief financial officer, had been “reinstated.” Multiple sources said the pair had recently been fired by O’Keefe.
A Project Veritas board meeting is scheduled for Friday, when O’Keefe’s possible removal will be discussed, according to a source familiar with the matter.