TAMPA, FLORIDA – Conservative filmmaker and activist James O’Keefe won’t be in Tampa, but the show he was supposed to headline will go on.
O’Keefe will still speak via Skype on “the role of the citizen journalist” and take audience questions at Tuesday’s luncheon sponsored by the James Madison Institute, a Florida-based nonprofit organization, the institute’s communications director Tanja Clendinen said.
Clendinen said O’Keefe was not granted permission by the government to travel to Tampa.
“He is currently on probation from some of his Louisiana investigation activities, and his travel permission was revoked,” she said.
O’Keefe was sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charge of entering federal property — the office Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) — under false pretenses.
A press release from the institute states: “Despite the government’s restrictions, not all is lost for this citizen journalist in the age of new media. Even by Skype, if you have yet to see one of Mr. O’Keefe’s presentations, we believe you will find it thought-provoking and entertaining.”
O’Keefe could not be reached for comment.