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National City ACORN Worker Gets $100K Settlement From James O'Keefe


A National City man who worked for the political group ACORN won $100,000 in a settlement today from activist James O’Keefe.

O’Keefe visited the ACORN office in 2009 and secretly recorded the visit. The video claimed to show the ACORN worker Juan Carlos Vera talking about using federal housing money to set up a prostitution ring.

Vera lost his job and ACORN broke apart because of the video. Vera sued O’Keefe for videotaping without his consent. A state attorney general’s report also found that the video was "severely edited."


O’Keefe will also apologize to Vera as part of the settlement.

O’Keefe’s ACORN video led to a congressional prohibition on federal funding for ACORN.