D’Souza Guilty of Campaign Finance Fraud

Conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal charges of making $20,000 in illegal campaign contributions through straw donors.  The guilty plea came one week after federal district judge Richard Berman denied D’Souza’s motion to dismiss the case based on the theory that the Obama administration targeted him for prosecution because of his political views.

D’Souza admitted funneling the funds to the losing U.S. Senate campaign of Wendy Long, a longtime friend. “I knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids,” said D’Souza.  “I deeply regret my conduct.”  But according to former candidate Long, “There is no corruption here, and this entire episode is a shameful government overreach and a violation of the U.S. Constitution.”

Under the sentencing guidelines, D’Souza faces a sentence of 10 to 16 months.  If the judge decides to follows the guidelines, it means that D’Souza would serve at least five months in prison, and another 5 months in home confinement.

Sentencing is slated for September 23.





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