Political commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza will be indicted for allegations that he exceeded the amount of legal campaign-finance donations for a U.S. Senate candidate. D’Souza is an outspoken critic of President, a best selling author and filmmaker of the 2012 documentary, “2016: Obama’s America.”
Daily Caller — Federal agents will arrest outspoken political commentator Dinesh D’Souza in New York City on Friday over allegations that his donations to a failed U.S. Senate candidate exceeded campaign-finance limits.
Investigators have built their indictment against D’Souza — a prolific, best-selling conservative author and, recently, a filmmaker — based on claims that he covertly donated $20,000 to the 2012 U.S. Senate campaign of New York Republican Wendy Long, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The indictment claims that D’Souza, 52, deceptively used straw donors to donate the funds, and misreported the source of the campaign cash.
Long lost the 2012 Senate election by a landslide margin of 44 percent. She only raised about $785,000 and never presented a remotely serious challenge to her Democratic opponent, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
D’Souza and Long have been friends for decades since they were both students at Dartmouth College in 1980s. Long, a successful attorney, is not implicated in — or even mentioned in — the indictment.
D’Souza’s 2012 documentary, “2016: Obama’s America,” strongly criticizes the president’s policies and suggests that anti-colonial rage influences his presidential decisions. In the film, D’Souza also travels to Africa to interview Obama’s half brother, George Obama (who mildly reproaches his more successful sibling).
Gerald Molen, the Academy Award-winning producer who funded D’Souza’s documentary, asserted that the charges against D’Souza are politically motivated.
“When American citizens begin to suspect that people are being arrested for alleged minor violations because of their vocal dissent against their elected representatives or rulers, it breeds disrespect and contempt for the law and suspicion of those officials,” he told the Reporter.