So who were these wannabe wiretappers? The Washington Post has a few juicy details about the bunglers’ bios:
O’Keefe, 25, became a conservative hero last year after he and fellow activist Hannah Giles secretly videotaped several regional offices of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) while posting as a pimp and a prostitute. O’Keefe’s videos showed ACORN staffers appearing to offer them housing help and advice on concealing their purported prostitution business.
In October, 31 members of Congress signed a resolution, authored by Rep. Pete Olson (R-Tex.), to honor O’Keefe and Giles “for their diligent investigative journalism exposing the fraudulent and potentially illegal activities” of ACORN.
“While O’Keefe is well-known,” the Post reported, “Flanagan, Basel and Dai are not. “Flanagan worked last year as a paid intern for Rep. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.).”
Flanagan, 24, is the son of William J. Flanagan, the acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, based in Shreveport. U.S. Attorney Flanagan declined to comment through an office assistant.
Dai, who is from Alexandria, is a Chinese immigrant and was president of the Conservative Student Union at George Washington University while studying there in 2005, student records show.
Basel, a Mankato, Minn., native, and O’Keefe became friends as fellow founders of conservative newspapers at their respective colleges, O’Keefe at Rutgers and Basel at the University of Minnesota-Morris.
James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles