Dinesh D'Souza, Anti-Obama Filmmaker, Indicted for Campaign Finance Violations

It's a quick Americanism test, of the sort they should be giving to would-be citizens on the day they get naturalized: is it a good thing that someone should face fines and/or jail time for deciding to express his support of a political candidate by reimbursing people he knows for the amounts of money they donated to that candidate?

The correct answer is no.

Yet, in this land of free speech and democracy, where political expression is highly valued, you can and indeed do face criminal charges for such actions.

See the fate today of conservative politico and writer (and anti-Obama filmmaker, but we can be sure that had nothing to do with this) Dinesh D'Souza.

From Reuters:

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.

"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....

New York Times thinks they know who is involved:

The Senate candidate was not identified in the indictment. Mr. D’Souza donated to only one federal candidate in 2012, giving $5,000 to Wendy Long, a New York Republican who lost her challenge to Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, a Democrat.....

Prosecutors also charged Mr. D’Souza with causing the unidentified candidate’s campaign to unwittingly file false campaign documents. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday in federal court in Manhattan.

It is not clear from the court documents what led investigators to Mr. D’Souza in a fund-raising case involving relatively small donations in a race that ended in a blowout win for Ms. Gillibrand. Ms. Long raised about $785,000 in the race.

Ms. Long and Mr. D’Souza were students together at Dartmouth College, where they worked on the staff of The Dartmouth Review, a conservative newspaper on campus. In the 2012 race, he was a host for one of Ms. Long’s fund-raisers.

Maximum sentence could be two years in prison.

Expressing your support for a candidate above an arbitrary legislative limit--or, even, giving some cash to friends of yours for whatever reason you want, money is fungible--is corruption of the electoral process.

That laws like this exist to slam enemies of the regime when such laws might be needed, well, that's just politics.

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  • ||

    Bharara. Again. With a bullshit charge. What a surprise.

  • Sevo||

    I'm surprised he doesn't have some tax 'problems'.

  • Russell||

    Poor Dinesh

    No wonder they refused to cast him as the pledge in the turban in Animal House

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Well, it seems to be arrested, a Youtube video need only piss off one Muslim.

  • Sevo||

    BTW, gay women couples who want a sperm donation are now going to whistle dixie:
    "Judge rules Kan. sperm donor owes child support"
    [...]
    "A man who provided sperm to a lesbian couple in response to an online ad is the father of a child born to one of the women and must pay child support, a Kansas judge ruled Wednesday."
    http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/.....166189.php

  • ||

    Topeka resident William Marotta had argued that he had waived his parental rights and didn't intend to be a father. Shawnee County District Court Judge Mary Mattivi rejected that claim, saying the parties didn't involve a licensed physician in the artificial insemination process and thus Marotta didn't qualify as a sperm donor.

    So they didn't get permission from the state.

    Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200.

  • ||

    Do Not Collect $200.

    Well, actually...

  • ||

    Interestingly a lot of liberals are aware that he didn't need to do any of this since there are so many loopholes in campaign finance law that would permit him to achieve the same practical result.

    Which you think would make them realize that campaign finance laws are utter bullshit: there's no way you can meaningfully change the system without violating the First Amendment.

  • Sevo||

    I'm not a real fan of the D'Souza, but he makes some valid points in "Sandwich"
    http://safeshare.tv/w/VoDMsZIpqC

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Dinesh is the idiot who concocted the "Kenyan anti-colonialist" bullshit.

    Serves him right for being such a pale imitation of the Beckerhead.

  • Sevo||

    Palin's Buttplug|1.23.14 @ 8:51PM|#
    ..."Serves him right for being such a pale imitation of the Beckerhead."

    Yeah, shitpile, calling the gov't on people you don't like is just ducky, right?
    Go fuck your daddy.

  • Ted S.||

    Damn you for beating me to the punch!

    Then again, it's Shreeky; he deserves to have everybody tell him what a piece of work he is.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    The US Attorney charging him is probably a Dumbya appointment. Obama kept most of them around and didn't clean out the "wrong team" ones like Bush did.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Now I know you're just trollin'

    "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....
  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Bharara is an Obama appointee....

    Ha, we have us another bona fide fake scandal here!

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    You still haven't answered my query as to what's wrong with being "anti-colonialist".

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Nothing as far as I know.

    The guy had zero impact on the election. Really, I marvel at how impotent the right-wing echo chamber has become. It peaked during the Bush propaganda push of 2004 and has been withering since.

    My theory is that the seminal year of 2008 let everyone see the GOP as shallow and bereft of ideas. I know many people who finally saw the real GOP live in person.

  • Sevo||

    Palin's Buttplug|1.23.14 @ 9:29PM|#
    ..."Really, I marvel at how impotent the right-wing echo chamber has become"...

    Yeah, shitpile, maybe that has to do with the US Attorney busting them over bullshit.

  • ||

    Obama appointee goes after guy who made a film critical of Obama....

    How is this fake again?

  • Sevo||

    Palin's Buttplug|1.23.14 @ 9:13PM|#
    Bharara is an Obama appointee....
    "Ha, we have us another bona fide fake scandal here!"

    Yeah, those goalposts won't move without some shitpile pushing on them.

  • Ted S.||

    Translation: Fuck the rule of law; if I dislike your views it's virtuous that the government go after you.

    What a thoroughly wicked attitude.

  • Irish||

    Well, this is the law. This isn't breaking the rule of law, it's just a shitty, horrible oppressive law that is inexcusable in a supposedly free society.

  • Ted S.||

    Is this law being applied against everybody, or only against people the Obama administration dislikes? Somehow I have a feeling it's the latter.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Dinesh is the idiot who concocted the "Kenyan anti-colonialist" bullshit.

    Yes. How dare D'Souzaphone describe Obama with an accurate appellation!

    Besides, what's wrong with being an anti-colonialist anyway? Do you think it is morally just or economically feasible to establish empire?

  • Calidissident||

    Yeah, I never really got why people used anti-colonialist as an insult

  • Irish||

    I think with some people 'anti-colonialist' becomes an excuse to allow non-westerners to do whatever they want and blame their sins on 'imperialism.'

    For example, the 'anti-imperialists' who praised Chavez for standing up to mean old America or argued that the Taliban was filled with freedom fighters.

  • Ted S.||

    They're like the anti-anti-Communists in that regard.

  • Calidissident||

    I agree with you regarding your opinion of such people, but I think a more specific term than "anti-colonialist" is needed in that instance. Being an anti-colonialist is not, in and of itself, a bad thing, and I would argue that, by itself, it is a good thing. One does not need to approve of Chavez or the Taliban to be anti-colonialist.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Neo-imperial works. Obviously, the colonization of known space would be morally neutral to morally good, as it is truly exo-terra nullius.

  • Calidissident||

    I agree, I was using "anti-colonialist" to refer to its usual sense, to refer to opposition to one nation colonizing a place already inhabited by another people through conquest and/or displacement of the native population.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Well, with Dinesh, it's due to his submissive nature. He gets off on being a White Man's Burden. Like the albino Opus Dei freak of Dan Brown novels, Dinesh regularly self-flagellates himself and vents his sexual desire into mortification of the flesh.

    D'Souza is a wretched, horrible little man. Little of stature, of intellect, and of morality.

    Still, he doesn't deserve to be railroaded by Holder for his political views.

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    Say what you will about my albino monks, they're task-oriented and scrupulously honest on their expense accounts.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    George Washington was an anti-colonialist.

  • Tony||

    Rightwing idiots don't know what anticolonialist means. They get what Kenyan refers to, however.

  • oldtimer||

    Whenever Shriek claims any credibility as any kind of advocate of liberty, recall this complete repudiation of freedom of expression posted above.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    I oppose McCain/Feingold and support the Citizens United decision.

    I don't care how much money he wastes but your side complains about the LEGAL Buffett and Soros donations all the time.

  • Sevo||

    Palin's Buttplug|1.23.14 @ 9:20PM|#
    "I oppose McCain/Feingold and support the Citizens United decision."

    Yeah, dipshit, you just want the US Attorney sic'd on people who don't agree with you.
    Up yours.

  • ||

    I like the donations Soros made for campaigns to legalize pot.

    What are you even talking about?

  • Paul.||

    He's purposely confusing our pointing out of Soros donations to compare and contrast with the media's hyperventilating about the Koch brothers. That is "opposing" Soros' "legal" donations.

  • Jordan||

    Add freedom of speech to the list of freedoms Mr. Uber Classical Liberal doesn't believe in.

  • Paul.||

    I agree. When someone acts like a jackhole, we should trump up charges and throw them in jail. Because they're icky. and all icky people should be in jail. Like that guy who caused Ambassador Stevens' death with that horrid little video.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Oh, you think Obama was personally combing over Senate campaign donations?

    They don't even think about this little freak - I assure you.

  • Sevo||

    Palin's Buttplug|1.23.14 @ 9:22PM|#
    "Oh, you think Obama was personally combing over Senate campaign donations?"

    Oh, no, shitpile. He never knows anything about what his administration is doing until he reads about it in the paper!
    Go fuck your daddy.

  • Ted S.||

    D'Souza is a fairly prominent conservative.

    And whether or not he's a freak, he still deserves the protection of the rule of law. I'm too damn lazy to look up More's words to Roper in A Man For All Seasons that are relevant here.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    D'Souza is not a "freak"; this Indian boy-man is a freak, who, at the tender age of 8, is already making all the hos' panties wet.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • Lyle||

    We got a little Hitler in our midsts. Arrest my political enemies!

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

    Here's Noel Gallagher shitting on Oasis videos.

  • Paul.||

    Noel who? Shitting on what?

  • JeremyR||

    Is that the guy from Blur?

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    "The Senate candidate was not identified in the indictment"

    How is this even constitutional? What if an indictment said he sold dope to an unnamed person?

  • Irish||

    I'm terrified about what progressives are going to be saying in the next few days.

    They've already gone full on fascist, but now they've got a political opponent who is being fucked by unjust laws. Rawstory is probably going to start calling for him to be executed.

  • Drake||

    If this was a Sci-Fi novel, I wouldn't find it believable.

  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    Someone should write a story about the times we are living in. Maybe the protagonist can be a second in command at a large, successful but stagnant family run corporation that she manages to keep afloat solely by sheer will and competence and willing to take risks to make $$ (maybe by partnering up with another successful business man). I think there's something to this.

  • ||

    It is sad that the best we can hope for is that the story is swept under the rug.

  • Lyle||

    Fuck the Federal government if this man goes to jail.

  • Lyle||

    Fuck them for even trying to convict this man.

  • minarchist||

    D'Sousa, IRS, James OKeefe, S&P....

    When does it stop?

  • General Butt Naked||

    Okay, so I've exhausted the google to no avail, so I'm gonna challenge the collective wisdom of you fuckers...

    I heard a song on the radio the other day and the chorus was "you can't win if you don't play the game". It was on public radio, so getting a fix on the exact genre and time period of the band is tough. It sounded loosely like a springsteen song with a good backing band.

    Anyone know this song? Google gives a bunch of crap.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • ||

    Tell me its the same
    You can’t win if you don't play the game
    But your fake rebellion
    Is just so fuckin' annoying
    My big hero’s a garbage collector
    A big hair, an interconnector
    He not waiting for the next big thing
    He got the class bullshit protector

    Yeah, we got something to prove
    Yeah, we got something that’s true now
    I hope you’re getting it too
    Got nothing better to do

    Then again, keeping kiddies safe
    The false image of men
    I just gotta tell ya
    Shit from an interconnector
    I’m getting into the mini
    D-d-d-driving away
    Because me and my TV
    Ran out of something to say
    What’s to say?

    Yeah, we got something to prove
    Yeah, we got something that’s true now
    I hope you’re getting it too
    Got nothing better to do

    Yeah, we got something to prove
    Yeah, we got something that’s true now
    I hope you’re getting it too
    Got nothing better to do

    Yeah, we got something to prove
    Yeah, we got something that’s true now
    I hope you’re getting it too
    Got nothing better to do
    Got nothing better to do
    Got nothing better to do
    Got nothing better to do
    Got nothing better to do
    Got nothing better to do
    Got nothing better to do
    Got nothing better to do
    Got nothing better to do

    "Interconnector", by Shihad?

  • ||

    Well damn you and your slow fingers, HM.

  • ||

    Note that I don't know what this sounds like, it just had the lyrics you mentioned (though not in the right place).

  • General Butt Naked||

    Okay, so I've exhausted the google to no avail, so I'm gonna challenge the collective wisdom of you fuckers...

    I heard a song on the radio the other day and the chorus was "you can't win if you don't play the game". It was on public radio, so getting a fix on the exact genre and time period of the band is tough. It sounded loosely like a springsteen song with a good backing band.

    Anyone know this song? Google gives a bunch of crap.

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

    What station and time? Check their play logs.

  • General Butt Naked||

    I did but I don't remember what day it was. I leave for work at 5:30am and am nearly comatose for my entire drive to work, so the brain doesn't work to well.

    I've just had this damn song in my head for days now and can't find it.

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    It's one of polonius' speeches in Hamlet.

  • minarchist||

    Just shows the reach the Obamunistas have. They can get to anyone. Am I paranoid? -- I think they got Roberts to change his vote on Obamacare.

  • lap83||

    I'm not prone to conspiracy theories, but I've been thinking that sounds more and more plausible with each new scandal that comes to light.

  • widget||

    I do not have freedom of speech. Neither do you. While I can say whatever I please, for now, anonymously, on as obscure Internet forum I cannot do so standing on a soapbox.

    What if I stood on a street corner, in your town, with a sign that read "No vote for women"?

    Less than a century ago women's suffrage was openly debated. But if I debated it now the cops will haul me off to psychiatric clinic where I'd be pumped full of medication.

    I agree that women should be able to vote!

  • Michael S. Langston||

    What if I stood on a street corner, in your town, with a sign that read "No vote for women"?

    Seriously? You should be completely allowed to do so - on or off a soap box matters not - your freedom of speech is absolute assuming normal standards of reading English. The 1st Amendment clearly states: Congress shall make no law... abiding freedom of speech...

    Unless you read that differently....

    & just in case you do - check out where the ACLU defended Nazis from holding public demonstrations in various towns and they won.

    I'm pretty sure the Nazis were saying things slightly more offensive than "women shouldn't vote" too.

    My hope is I failed to get the sarcasm...

  • widget||

    ...your freedom of speech is absolute assuming normal standards of reading English

    I ken ye not.

  • Michael S. Langston||

    Reading fail on my part - sorry - I need sleep :)

  • GILMORE||

    ""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"

    At least now Shikha has a genuine case of US "Indian on Indian" political persecution to appease Progressive totalitarians.

    That aside = FUCK THIS SHIT. You know damn well there's going to be ZERO prosecutions of the billionaire Obama cronies who've been sneaking tons of dark money into elections all over the country... like this guy:

    http://washingtonstatewire.com.....al-season/

    I guess with Obamacare sinking dem prospects, they've decided to simply Go Dirty and try and take as many of the perceived 'opposition' they can down with them.

  • widget||

    You missed Obama's greatest acts of executive governance: banning assault weapons (or just saying so) and the subsequent gun-buying bonanza.

    I might be the only right-leaning US citizen left who doesn't own a gun.

  • Killaz||

    If this persecution succeeds, I pity the Hollywood activist community that flaunts campaign laws like traffic offenses when a Republican is back sitting in the Oval Office.

  • Herb||

    Pretty sure when D'Souza answers his charges, he's not going to go with the "the crime for which I've been indicted should not be a crime" defense.

  • montana mike||

    The DoJ has turned into a Mafia family. In a just world Holder, Perez and their minions would be brought up on RICO charges.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Or dumped in a river with concrete galoshes.

  • John Galt||

    ""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."

    Absolutely ludicrous, they both aid, abet and promote Democratic party voter fraud every chance they get. Ole Boss Tweed is doing a little happy dance. Nothing says vindication like your entire party embracing your methods.

  • mr simple||

    you missed this bit, from the story as reported by Fox News:

    “Trying to influence elections through bogus campaign contributions is a serious crime,” George Venizelos, the assistant director in charge of the New York FBI office said in a statement. “Today, Mr. D’Souza finds himself on the wrong side of the law.”

    It's a very serious crime! Think of all the people who died, the children made orphans and the widows who lost their homes!

  • Tony||

    So they should not enforce that law, because...?

  • Tony||

    From D'Souza's lawyer:

    He "did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever ... at worst this was an act of misguided friendship by D'Souza."

    Come on now. Misguided friendship. This obvious lawyerese admission of guilt should put to rest conspiracy theories, in case the fact that it would be a very stupid and pointless conspiracy didn't already.

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