Living with credit

James O’Keefe’s ‘pay my credit card debt’ plea

Julie Sherrier

James O’Keefe — the man behind the recent video that caused NPR executives to lose their
jobs – sent an email to supporters asking for help to pay off $50,000 in credit card debt.

O’Keefe says in his email that he and his friends “took a leap of faith and racked up serious credit card debt to expose NPR.” Asking other like-minded individuals
to pay off his credit card debt is, in my humble opinion, a little appalling.
Here he is, trying to expose the “duplicity” of organizations such as ACORN and Planned
Parenthood, when he’s dodging the responsibility of paying his own bills.

Is this really a good example of upstanding citizenry?

When an individual accumulates debt
to further his career, and then asks others to pay for it, well, it is another sad testament
to O’Keefe’s character. (O’Keefe has been exposed as a liar and a criminal — he was charged with tampering with Sen. Mary Landrieu’s phone systems and was
sentenced to probation for three years.)

What probably prompted the email is a call (or several) from a collection agency. O’Keefe has been so busy
exposing the character flaws in others that he probably totally forgot to pay his bills on
time — that or he forgot that he has to earn a living to make a living.

O’Keefe also mentioned that if he was so lucky as to receive more than the $50,000 he’s
asking for, he would produce more videos that would probably cause more people to lose their

I don’t know about you, but I was raised to believe that if you borrowed money, it was your responsibility to pay it

If O’Keefe’s intention is to continue to trick people in furthering his agenda through his
videos (and, hence, avoid earning a real salary), then maybe he should think about how he’s going to pay for it instead of relying on strangers to pay his bills for him. Maybe he could approach a venture
capital firm? Maybe a reality show? Shoot, he could even call Michael Moore and see
how he gets by.

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  • Jordan McCotter

    I fail to see the correlation between credit card debt and one’s good “citizenship.” But, you know, reach as you will.

  • Dave

    Did he mention a way to help directly?

  • Mary

    Was this story necessary, or are you on a political agenda as so many are today? I am fully engaged in political affiliations, but I keep my thoughts to my political blogs. This political story was not what I expected to read from ANY writers at
    If you can so freely stab someone in the back by your political rant, then you also deserve to be stabbed in the back. Do onto others as you would have them do on to you. Shame on you Julie.

  • Anne

    I think there’s a link to his email in the story.

  • Todd

    No one can accuse you of avoiding controversial issues can they? Ha!
    Great job in doing a little expose yourself. Get it?

  • All political views aside, I think O’Keefe can probably afford to, and should pay his own credit card bills.