Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza, who called President Obama a ‘grown-up Trayvon,’ has been indicted on federal charges of violating campaign finance laws, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan said on Thursday. Um, if you live in a glass house don’t throw stones.
According to the allegations in the Indictment and statements made in court:
The Federal Election Campaign Act (the “Election Act”) is designed to limit financial influence in the election of candidates for federal office, including the Office of United States Senator, and provides for the public disclosure of the financing of federal election campaigns. In particular, the Election Act limits the amount and source of money that may be contributed to a federal candidate or that candidate’s authorized campaign committee. The Election Act specifically prohibits any person from making any contribution in the name of another, including reimbursing a third person, before or after that third person’s contribution, as inducement to make that contribution. The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) is an agency and department of the United States with jurisdiction to compile and publicly report accurate information about the sources and amounts of election contributions.
In 2012, the Election Act limited both primary and general election campaign contributions to $2,500 for a total of $5,000 from any individual to any one candidate. In August 2012, D’SOUZA directed other individuals with whom he was associated to make contributions to the campaign committee for a candidate for the United States Senate (the “Campaign Committee”) that totaled $20,000. D’SOUZA then reimbursed those individuals for the contributions. By directing the illegal contributions to be made, D’SOUZA also caused the Campaign Committee to falsely report to the FEC the sources and amounts of those contributions to the campaign.
D’SOUZA, 52, of San Diego, California, is charged with one count of causing $20,000 in illegal campaign contributions to be made to a candidate for the United States Senate in calendar year 2012, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison. He also is charged with one count of causing false statements to be made to the FEC in connection with the illegal campaign contributions, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
The Indictment is the result of a routine review by the FBI of campaign filings with the FEC by various candidates after the 2012 election for United States Senator in New York. Mr. Bharara praised the investigative work of the FBI. Source: Justice.gov
Talking Points Memo reports that the campaign in question was that of Wendy Long, a Republican attorney, who in 2012 lost to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
Dinesh D’Souza’s film “2016: Obama’s America,” was very critical of President Obama. He has also written several books, including “The End of Racism,” “Life After Death: The Evidence” and “Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream.” You will recall D’Souza resigned from his job as president of The King’s College after allegations surfaced that he became engaged to a woman even though he was still legally married to his wife. They were separated but it’s hypocritical because he touted the virtues of a traditional marriage.