NY queries Project Veritas over leader's past conviction

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Project Veritas, which has used disguises and hidden cameras to uncover supposed liberal bias in the mainstream media, could lose its ability to raise money in New York because it didn't disclose its founder's criminal record, the state attorney general said.

The Democratic prosecutor's office wrote to the nonprofit on Wednesday, two days after The Washington Post reported that a woman affiliated with the group tried to get the newspaper to report a false sex assault allegation against Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Registered charities in New York must disclose executives' convictions. Project Veritas' filings did not list Project Veritas President James O'Keefe's 2010 misdemeanor conviction for entering government property under false pretenses. The charges related to an incident in which O'Keefe posed as a telephone repairman to enter the office of then-Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat.

The letter from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office directed Project Veritas to provide additional information within 15 days. The letter noted the organization has been barred from soliciting donations in Mississippi and Utah.

"Failure to provide the requested information may subject Project Veritas to further legal action, including cancellation of its registration to solicit contributions in New York," wrote James Sheehan, chief of the attorney general's charities bureau.

Project Veritas is currently reviewing Schneiderman's claims, according to spokesman Stephen Gordon. He said the group attempts "to comply not only with the letter of the law but also the spirit of the law in every state."

"This is clearly politically motivated and appears to be an intentional, well-orchestrated and malicious attempt to shut us down," he said.

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