James O'Keefe, famous for taking down ACORN, has struck again. His latest Project Veritas video portrays union corruption surrounding so called "shovel ready jobs," highly touted by the Obama administration.
In the video, O'Keefe introduces two union bosses to his (nonexistent) company, Earth Supply & Renewal.
"First, our excavation specialists insert their shovels into the ground and remove the soil. This presents the problem of an existing hole in the earth, creating a dangerous situation that could lead to hazards, including but not limited to tripping, falling, and bodily injuries.
Then there is the renewal process. At Earth Supply, we train professional backfillers to renew the soil in place of the existing hole, restoring the earth to its original condition.
Some folks say weíre just digging ditches and filling them back up again. But itís about more than that. Itís about jobs.
O'Keefe then asked the two - John Hutchings, director of the Laborersí International Union of North America (LIUNA) New York State Laborersí Organizing Fund (NYSLOF) and Anthony Tocci, business manager of Local 601 for LIUNA AFL-CIO - to help move subsidies for ES&R through the legislature.
Hutchings agreed to help, saying that even where the ditch digging had no environmental program, legislators could still find the money. Noting that ES&R's program was nearly identical to an earlier union-sponsored program, Green Jobs Green New York*, he said:
"It's a job program for laborers. Right now itís all about jobs. Itís awful hard for anybody to vote against like a jobs bill right now ...
Saying that this was just like FDR's Works Progress Administration, Tocci was also willing to help. ďThey dug the roads up, and then they put Ďem back!Ē He added that he knew the proposal had no practical purpose.
"Hey, if people are willing to give you money, if people will give you the money, thatís fine. You know, the Green Jobs, Green New York, between us, a lot of it is bullshit ... even if itís bullshit, I think as long as people are working, thatís not bull, you know what I mean? You just wanna get the money. Then you figure out afterward.Ē
The two also spoke of the benefits to the unions, which will now include the "employees" of ES&R in their collective bargaining talks.
Both agreed to use their union bargaining power and lobbying groups to help find government money for ES&R.
*Green Jobs, Green New York was a $112 million NY state-funded plan intended to create "environmentally-friendly" jobs in the state of New York. It was sponsored in large part by unions, and funding recipients were almost exclusively union.