Dinesh D’Souza Indicted on Federal Charges For Violating Campaign Finance Laws
Dinesh D’Souza, author, filmmaker, and theoretician behind the monumentally idiotic thesis that President Obama is guided by the “anti-colonial rage” of his absent father has been indicted for allegedly using straw donors on behalf of a longshot US Senate candidate in the 2012 election.
Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza was indicted Thursday on federal charges of violating campaign finance laws by using straw donors to funnel money to a U.S. Senate candidate.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced the grand jury charges in a statement Thursday. D’Souza is expected to be arraigned Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
D’Souza, who has written over a dozen books imparting his provocative views on religion and politics, could not be reached for comment Thursday evening. But his attorney, Benjamin Brafman, released a statement to reporters saying that D’Souza’s efforts to help a friend running for the Senate in 2012 was “at most” an “act of misguided friendship.”
“Mr. D’Souza did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever,” Brafman said in the statement. “He and the candidate have been friends since their college days, and “at worst, this was an act of misguided friendship by D’Souza…It is important to note that the indictment does not allege a corrupt relationship between Mr. D’Souza and the candidate.”
The indictment did not name the Senate candidate in the case. But it appears to be Wendy Long (R), who lost overwhelmingly in 2012 to incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat. Long raised less than $1 million for her long-shot campaign.
The indictment was the result of a routine review by the FBI of campaign filings with the FEC by various candidates after the 2012 election, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
“This office and the FBI take a zero tolerance approach to corruption of the electoral process,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. “If, as alleged, the defendant directed others to make contributions to a Senate campaign and reimbursed them, that is a serious violation of federal campaign finance laws.”
And here’s where the idiots come out to play. A number of Fox “News” hosts and other commentators see this is as an act of political retribution by the Obama Administration.
For example, Laura Ingraham:
We are criminalizing dissent in the United States of America. Welcome to the Brave New World of retribution justice. Now not the retribution for all the right reasons, but retribution on the part of a Justice Department that has poo-poo’d and dismissed real claims and real allegations of voter fraud…
That’s all you really need to know about where she’s going with this, but there is plenty of derp in the above clip if you choose to indulge.
Then there is joe “You Lie” Walsh, who plays footsie with Godwin in this tweet:
And finally, El Rushbo, who thinks the Justice Department is trying to “CRIMINALIZE AS MANY REPUBLICANS AND CONSERVATIVES AS THEY CAN!!!!11TY:
And in case you forgot why Laura Ingraham referred to D’Souza as one of the most “effective critics” of the Obama Administration, watch this trailer from 2016: Obama’s America, and then make sure you never sleep without at least a nightlight on:
Further Credit Due: Media Matters