Dinesh D’Souza Indicted

Dinesh D’Souza speaks at CPAC in 2012.

Dinesh D’Souza speaks at CPAC in 2012.

Dinesh D’Souza ’83 was indicted yesterday on charges that he violated campaign finance laws and used straw donors to funnel as much as $20,000 to a U.S. Senate candidate.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York made the charges public in a press release late Thursday afternoon and has alleged that Mr. D’Souza illegally reimbursed associates for various campaign contributions.

“Mr. D’Souza did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever,” his lawyer Benjamin Brafman said in a public 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.”

In an email to The Dartmouth Review, Mr. D’Souza said that he plans to plead not guilty during his arraignment in Manhattan later today.

During his time here at Dartmouth, Mr. D’Souza was an early editor of The Review and was actively involved in its founding. As of yesterday, he had plans to return to Hanover on January 30th for a debate with Bill Ayers about the meaning of America. The impact of the indictment on that event is not yet known.

The New York Times’ story can be read here.


— Nicholas P. Desatnick