A legal scholar and former official on the Federal Election
Commission says a recent voter fraud incident shows what some
people are willing to do to win elections.
Patrick Moran, the son of Congressman Jim Moran (D-Virginia),
has resigned from his father's campaign in response to an
undercover video revealing his discussion about a plan to cast
Last week Project Veritas, led by James O'Keefe, released
the video of an undercover operative pitching a voter fraud plan to
the younger Moran that called for casting ballots under the
names of 100 voters who were registered but rarely voted.
In the video, Patrick Moran expresses doubts about the plan, but
eventually tells the undercover volunteer to "look into
Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at The Heritage
Foundation and co-author of Who's Counting? How Fraudsters
and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk, says the footage of
Patrick Moran shows an "unfortunate" truth.
"That video shows why states need to implement photo ID
requirements for voting, and it shows the unfortunate willingness
of some who work in campaigns to commit fraud in order to win
elections," he offers.
Von Spakovsky hopes there will be an investigation of Moran's
"It looks like he may have violated federal law, which makes it
a federal felony to attempt to defraud an election by facilitating
or otherwise helping to cast fraudulent ballots," the legal fellow
Jim Moran's campaign office is calling the incident an error in
judgment, but von Spakovsky says this is only one of a series of
videos Project Veritas has released exposing voter fraud.