- Oct 28, 2013
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/23/usa-politics-dsouza-idUSL2N0KX1S220140123Dinesh D'Souza indicted for violating U.S. election law
BY JONATHAN STEMPEL
NEW YORK Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:03pm EST
Jan 23 (Reuters) - Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative commentator and best-selling author, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for arranging excessive campaign contributions to a candidate for the U.S. Senate.
According to an indictment made public on Thursday in federal court in Manhattan, D'Souza around August 2012 reimbursed people who he had directed to contribute $20,000 to the candidate's campaign. The candidate was not named in the indictment.
Attempts to reach D'Souza and a lawyer representing him were unsuccessful.
D'Souza was charged in the indictment with one count of making illegal contributions in the names of others, and one count of causing false statements to be made.
Federal law in 2012 limited primary and general election campaign contributions to $2,500 each, for a total of $5,000, from any individual to any one candidate.
"As we have long said, this Office and the FBI take a zero tolerance approach to corruption of the electoral process," the U.S. Attorney for Manhattan, Preet Bharara, said in a statement released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Bharara is an Obama appointee.
Born in Mumbai, India, D'Souza, 52, is a former policy adviser to President Ronald Reagan, and has been affiliated with conservative organizations such as the American Enterprise Institute and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
He also directed a 2012 film critical of President Barack Obama, "2016: Obama's America," and has written books including "The End of Racism," "Life After Death: The Evidence" and "Obama's America: Unmaking the American Dream."
D'Souza campaigned in 2012 on behalf of Wendy Long, a lawyer and Republican who sought to unseat Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand as New York's junior senator. Long graduated from Dartmouth College in 1982, a year before D'Souza.
Long could not be reached for comment on Thursday.
Gillibrand, herself a 1988 Dartmouth graduate, ended up winning re-election to her first full term, collecting close to 72 percent of the vote.
In late 2012, D'Souza resigned his post as president of King's College, a small Christian college in New York City, after admitting he had become engaged to a woman even though he was legally married, though separated from his wife. He has been an outspoken defender of traditional marriage.
The case is U.S. v. D'Souza, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 14-cr-00034.
(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel; Additional reporting by Emily Flitter; Editing by Eddie Evans, Toni Reinhold)
This nation has invited in this virus residing in the WH.
Here is plain and obvious proof of politically motivated persecution by departments of the Government at the behest of barack Obama.
D'Souza was going to debate Bill Ayers at the end of the month.
I guess Barry feared what Bill might have said.
Like confirming that he and not Barry penned, "Dreams From My Father."
Obama is a scum sucking dog.
A Chicago hood.
A third world inspired Marxist who gives not a shit about anything but him, his benefit and what will make him look good.
Maybe he is saying to the Conservatives, "See what happens when even one of your notable celebrity Conservatives asks too many questions or makes me angry?"
I can't say for the moment whether this will produce more than a wave of outrage on the internet or not.
Think it might be the straw that broke the camel's back IF D'Souza is innocent.
It looks bad.
It is reckless, destructive and indefensible.
IF D'Souza is a victim of unwarranted targeted political persecution.