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Jan 26 2014

D’Souza Indicted for Campaign Finance Fraud

Is it possible to overdose on schadenfreude? If so, this might do it. The DOJ and the FBI indicted Dinesh D’Souza on multiple counts of campaign finance fraud for allegedly having other people donate money to a political candidate he favored, then reimbursing them to get around contribution limits.

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…

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.

The candidate in question is apparently Wendy Long, who unsuccessfully ran against Kirsten Gillibrand for her Senate seat in 2012. You can read the DOJ’s press release here.

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge George Venizelos stated: “Trying to influence elections through bogus campaign contributions is a serious crime. Today, Mr. D’Souza finds himself on the wrong side of the law. The Federal Election Campaign Act was written to limit the influence of money in elections; the FBI is fiercely committed to enforcing those laws to maintain the integrity of our democratic process.”

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.

He faces up to seven years in prison. Cue the screams of how this is a political witchhunt by Obama in 3…2…1…

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  1. 1
    Modusoperandi

    It couldn’t happen to a nicer fellow.

  2. 2
    Stevarious, Public Health Problem

    Wait, nuh uh! Everyone knows it’s only union thugs, poor people who want free government handouts, and illegal immigrants who commit election-related crimes!

  3. 3
    Al Dente

    But did D’Souza have a photo ID when he voted? Let’s keep our priorities straight on voter fraud.

  4. 4
    dingojack

    Maybe Sen. Cruze will take it into his head to convince some Teabagger to defund D’Souza – repeatedly.
    That’ll fix fraud in the American voting process! You betcha.
    @@
    Dingo

  5. 5
    Chiroptera

    D’Souza is an American hero! All he was trying to do was undermine the overwhelming influence of ACORN in destroying American liberties!

  6. 6
    rabbitscribe

    Ever since gay marriage forced D’Souza to abandon his wife and child for a hottie half his age, it’s been all downhill for him.

  7. 7
    dingojack

    Maybe they’ll repeatedly defund all those trillions handed out to ‘TEH GAYZ’ on street corners too!
    Zap! Pow! K-blammo!! Take that forces of equality demonic darkness !eleventy!!
    Dingo

  8. 8
    Randomfactor

    Shoulda just formed himself a corporation (better still, a non-profit one) and then just spent endlessly. Campaign limits are for the peasants.

  9. 9
    Stevarious, Public Health Problem

    Shoulda just formed himself a corporation (better still, a non-profit one) and then just spent endlessly. Campaign limits are for the peasants.

    Yeah! There’s perfectly legitimate legal loopholes designed for people like him to bypass the election laws!

  10. 10
    Doc Bill

    Adultery – check!

    Expelled from a Christian institution – check!

    Illegal campaign contributions – check!

    We have a winner! Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce our next Republican candidate for Senate, Dinesh D’Souza!

  11. 11
    Alverant

    They’re not talking a witch hunt, they’re talking Nazi conspiracies! Yep, the GOP has already gone Godwin for S’souza.

  12. 12
    Joey Maloney

    There are so many ways he could have easily and legally skirted the law, you gotta give him credit for finding a way to commit an unequivocal felony. Obviously a super-genius.

  13. 13
    shouldbeworking

    @12 “Obviously a super-genius”
    That qualifies him for the top ranks of the Teabaggers Party.

  14. 14
    Zeno

    I am especially pleased that D’Souza’s crime is so transparent and easily proved in a court of law. It gives the lie to his puffed-up reputation as an intellectual. Nope. No smarty-pants he. D’Souza has coasted for years on his modest ability to string words together, despite their vapidly trivial content and logical frailty. He’s been a fraud for years, but at last he’s provided us with ideal evidence revealing how great a fraud.

  15. 15
    ehmm

    Fun though it is, I’m actually disappointed by D’Souza’s recent downward spiral. If he didn’t have “former Reagan advisor” on his CV, no one would have given this clown the time of day. He should have been laughed out of the room a long time ago for spurious reasoning, bad arguments, crackpot conclusions, cheap debating tactics and the like. You can see a lot of this stuff on youtube if you can stomach it.

    On the plus side, it’ll probably be a few years before his weepy “come to Jesus” moment & his reputation is rehabilitated to the point where anyone serious will debate him again. That or “paid FOX new contributor”. One or the other.

  16. 16
    steve oberski

    D’Souza should get the crack team of Orly Taitz, Larry Klayman and Mat Staver to defend him.

  17. 17
    felidae

    The right wing response already in progress–listen to idiot conspiracy monger Alex Jones how this is a plot to destroy democracy

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2014/01/24/alex_jones_explains_why_bob_mcdonnell_and_dinesh_d_souza_are_political_prisoners.html

  18. 18
    tacitus

    Do people really think he’ll get jail time for this? From the mea culpa statements from his lawyer, it sounds to me that he’s already angling for a favorable plea bargain, in the form or some combination of fine and probation.

    It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving fellow, and I have no sympathy for someone who should have known better, but to be objective for a moment, it’s unlikely that this case is evidence of serious election fraud, but more akin to someone thinking that nobody would notice a little extra cash being passed along. It’s still a felony, but given that it is (presumably) his first scrape with the law, and the fact that he can afford the best legal defense his money can buy, I would be very surprised if he sees the inside of a jail cell.

    On the plus side, it’ll probably be a few years before his weepy “come to Jesus” moment & his reputation is rehabilitated to the point where anyone serious will debate him again. That or “paid FOX new contributor”. One or the other.

    I doubt there will ever be one of those for this. He will simply attack the federal campaign finance laws he fell foul off, and given the massive loopholes in the laws that have allowed virtually limitless campaign funding of other kinds, he will have plenty of sympathy.

  19. 19
    democommie

    I think Tacitus is prolly right. That is why, since at least the failed campaign of Mikey, “Tankboy” Dukakis (whom I actually thought was a decent human being) that each Willie Horton that is executed should have a Michael Milken sitting in his lap when they throw the switch.

  20. 20
    ehmm

    @18
    I think you’re right when you sat he won’t do any time, even if he’s found guilty of something.

    Regarding the “come to Jesus moment”, I was referring to the totality of his problems: the marriage troubles, the alleged affair, getting sacked by King’s College New York and now this. If it was just this, I doubt anyone in those circles would care.

  21. 21
    WMDKitty -- Survivor

    *points*
    HA HA!

    /Nelson

  22. 22
    ehmm

    @18

    … oh, and don’t forget his “grown up Trayvon Martin in the WH” tweet, confirming to the world what a vile and disgusting human being Dinesh D’Souza really is.

  23. 23
    Tobinius

    #17 felidae – The right wing response already in progress–listen to idiot conspiracy monger Alex Jones how this is a plot to destroy democracy

    I know I’m going to get some push back from the regulars on here, but I have to say that I’m with Alex on this one. I mean, how else can you describe the behaviour of Dinesh D’Souza?

  24. 24
    John Pieret

    tacitus @ 18:

    the fact that he can afford the best legal defense his money can buy

    You’re right about that. He has Benjamin Brafman, who is one of the top criminal defense lawyers in the country.

  25. 25
    democommie

    @24:

    Do you know why you never see tears on the face of people like D’ouchebag? It’s because to republicans, money spent on things like defense attorneys IS crying.

  26. 26
    Pierce R. Butler

    Who gave D’Souza the $20K (maybe $25K, if he also gave in his own name) to pass around?

  27. 27
    Crimson Clupeidae

    So he went through all that trouble, and his favored candidate lost anyway?

    I think it possible to overdose on schadenfreude!

  28. 28
    Dr X

    Well, in the real world, the truth is mundane. I’ve been told by someone in the know that a certain woman narced on him.

  29. 29
    dingojack

    D’oh-Souza – Proud member of the party of personal responsibility*!
    Dingo
    ——–
    * for thee, not for me.

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