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ACORN nemesis once targeted Planned Parenthood

September 24, 2009 |  6:34 am

The activist filmmaker behind the documentary that toppled ACORN is talking.

James O'Keefe posed as a pimp and covertly filmed ACORN officials discussing how he and Hannah Giles, pretending to be a prostitute, could set up a brothel with underage girls from El Salvador while dodging taxes.

After the movie aired on Andrew Breitbart's website, Congress cut off ACORN's funding. 

Deflecting questions about whether he's a conservative, O'Keefe told NBC News that he was a "progressive radical" who hoped to do more documentary exposés in the future.

Meanwhile, NBC aired audio of O'Keefe during an earlier campaign when he called Planned Parenthood and tried to make a donation to abort African American babies. "There's way too many black people in Ohio, so I'm just trying to do my part," he told a staffer. Her response, "Whatever." Then she hung up.

[For the record: Another version of the phone call with Planned Parenthood shows that the staffer did not hang up and that the conversation continued. Follow this link for a report comparing the NBC report with another audio of the conversation.]

O'Keefe claims he is just trying to root out corruption, but are his tactics fair -- or even legal? ACORN has now sued the pair, and Breitbart, saying they violated Maryland wiretap law.

The issue provoked heated debate last night between Fox News' Bill O'Reilly and House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank . Take a look. 

-- Johanna Neuman

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