A new video from James O’Keefe at Project Veritas is exposing the waste and corruption behind so-called “green jobs” spending by government, with union bosses confirming that much of the spending is on “bull—-.”
O’Keefe’s Project Veritas came to union officials in New York seeking help for a new company, a creation that boasts it digs holes in the ground and then fills them in.
O’Keefe, who previously has done undercover reports on ACORN, NPR and voter fraud, got unqualified support for the idea.
“The purpose of our investigation is to illustrate that many of the jobs being championed – and funded – by the Obama administration are merely paper positions that come at great expense to the American taxpayer,” he said.
“Digging holes just to fill them up again is not meaningful work, nor does it produce economic output for a recovery. Giving people jobs for jobs’ sake will not revitalize an economy or restore our country’s future,” he said.
O’Keefe told WND that he wanted to expose the programs being funded by both state and federal agencies that essentially throw money away. One example he cited was the $112 million by the state of New York on a carbon credits program.
“It’s outrageous, purposeless work, including digging holes and filling them back in,” he said. “They equated that with the kind of thing that they saw on a daily basis.”
The video reveals top New York union bosses in candid discussions regarding a federally funded program known as “Green Jobs Green New York.” One leader, John Hutchings, called much of the $112 million spending “bull—-.”
“This is significant because labor unions are some of the biggest beneficiaries of taxpayer-funded jobs,” O’Keefe said. “If they’re intentionally propping up paper jobs, then they’re complicit in the fleecing of taxpayers.”
He continued: “Our investigation shows union officials explaining that as long as you say it’s a ‘job’ for laborers, public officials will pass a bill. Is it really that easy? That’s what Project Veritas intended to find out.”
Hutchings is the ranking member of the Broome County legislative delegation. He told the reporters, posing as “Earth Supply and Renewal” workers, his assessment of the taxpayer-funded grant contracts: “You know the Green Jobs Green New York, between us, a lot of it is bull—.”
Former New York Assemblyman Ron Tocci commented on the “company’s” proposal: “One thing about it, it’s shovel ready.”
When the undercover reporters acknowledged they “just take the dirt and put it right back in the ground,” Hutchings responded: “It sounds like, it almost is exactly the same as where we were with Green Jobs Green New York.”
Tocci added, “Hey, if people are willing to give you money, that’s fine.”
Project Veritas said: “This is what Project Veritas is up against. Highly paid union bosses and their political allies in Washington, D.C., and across the country have billions of dollars at stake, and they aren’t about to let go of their power without a fight.”