Project Veritas Report Claims Ilhan Omar Supporters Are Harvesting Ballots

Headline Roundup September 28th, 2020

President Donald Trump called Monday for an investigation into Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar after a Project Veritas investigation reported illegal ballot harvesting by Omar's supporters. Project Veritas, a reporting project led by conservative activist James O'Keefe known for conducting undercover sting-style reports, reported Sunday that Omar's supporters illegally collected blank ballots and posted videos to social media. The allegations were supported by an official from Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office and other unidentified sources. One of the videos in the report shows Liban Mohamed, brother of Minneapolis City Council member Jamal Osman, saying he collected over 300 ballots. Ballot harvesting allows third parties to collect and deliver ballots in some states. It is illegal to harvest more than three ballots in Minnesota.

The story was widely covered by right-rated outlets. The story received less coverage overall from center- and left-rated outlets, though it was covered by Newsweek and Forbes; some left-and center-rated outlets framed the story as an attempt from the right to prove mail-in voting causes widespread voter fraud. Some left-rated outlets also highlighted Project Veritas' use of undercover reporters and anonymous whistleblowers in their investigations, as well as the fact that some journalists have branded Veritas projects as ethically questionable. Editor's note: Updated 9/28/2020 at 9:46 p.m. to include more information about Project Veritas' methods.

Project Veritas Report Claims Ilhan Omar Supporters Are Harvesting Ballots

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Project Veritas has released the results of an investigation into alleged ballot harvesting by supporters of Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar in Minnesota, a key swing state in the 2020 presidential election.

Video footage captured by Project Veritas shows an operative, Liban Mohamed, bragging about collecting hundreds of ballots. “Numbers do not lie. Numbers do not lie. … You can see my car is full. All these here are absentee ballots. Can’t you see? Look at all these; my car is full,” Mohamed can be heard saying in the video. The...

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From the Right
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President Trump is calling for an investigation into a report of alleged illegal ballot harvesting by Representative Ilhan Omar’s supporters in Minneapolis.

Trump called on the U.S. attorney in Minnesota to investigate claims made by Project Veritas, an investigative reporting project led by conservative activist James O’Keefe, which reported on Sunday that supporters of the Minnesota Democrat were illegally collecting blank ballots and posting boastful videos of their collections to social media.

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From the Left
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Project Veritas has claimed Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar is engaging in illegal ballot harvesting and a cash-for-ballots scheme in her district in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The group, which has targeted mainly liberal groups with "sting" operations, posted a video late on Sunday showing what it claims is evidence of an illegal effort to harvest absentee ballots.

The group's founder, James O'Keefe, alleged on Twitter that Omar's team may have bribed voters in Minnesota's 5th congressional district, which she has represented since 2019.

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