Project Veritas has just released a video exposé describing a ballot harvesting scheme which involved associates and allies of Representative Ilhan Omar in Minnesota. Through undercover footage and testimony from a political insider, the investigative journalists at Project Veritas uncovered a key player in the scheme: Ilhan Omar’s campaign manager, Ali Isse Gainey.
The footage released by Project Veritas shows a man named Liban Mohamed saying that he was harvesting ballots to help his brother win a vacant Ward 6 city council race in Minneapolis’ August 11th special election. This election was the same day as Ilhan Omar’s primary election for Congress.
“Numbers don’t lie. Numbers don’t lie. You can see my car is full. All these here are absentees’ ballots. Can’t you see? Look at all these, my car is full. All these are for Jamal Osman… We got 300 today for Jamal Osman only,” said Liban Mohamed, in a series of Snapchat videos posted to his personal account on July 1 and July 2.
“Money is everything. Money is the king in this world. If you got no money, you should not be here period. You know what I am saying,” Mohamed added.
Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe III released this footage alongside his own statement, where he said: “Ballot harvesting is real and it has become a big business. Our investigation into this ballot harvesting ring demonstrates clearly how these unscrupulous operators exploit the elderly and immigrant communities—and have turned the sacred ballot box into a commodities trading desk.”
BREAKING: @IlhanOmar connected cash-for-ballots harvesting scheme EXPOSED
“Money is the king in everything”; harvester boasts harvesting HUNDREDS of 2020 absentee ballots ILLEGALLY! “Numbers do not lie…these here are all absentee ballots…my car is full…”#BallotHarvesting pic.twitter.com/cB2Bz31mSY
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) September 28, 2020
“We are showing Americans what is really going on in one of our great cities—but, it’s not me saying—we have the operators on tape saying it all themselves,” O’Keefe said.
Omar Jamal, a political insider within the Somali community in Minneapolis reached out to Project Veritas with the information.
“It’s an open secret. [Omar] will do anything that she can do to get elected and she has hundreds of people on the streets doing that,” he said.
“I’m afraid it’s already too big to stop, you know, maybe it’s too late. Maybe it’s already too big to stop. There’s a lot of people invested in this, you know, and they don’t care how they did it: ‘We win,’ and that’s it,” Jamal continued.
Jamal explained that operatives request ballots and fill them out for voters. “They come to us. They came to our homes. They said: ‘This year, you will vote for Ilhan.’ They said: ‘We will make the absentee ballots. We will fill out the forms for you and when you get them back, we will again fill it out and send it,’” he said.
Project Veritas has reported that they have spoken with Hennepin County Attorney Jeff Wojciechowski on a recorded line. Wojciechowski stated that the ballot harvesting conduct they were reporting was “Illegal, and we will be investigating.”