Dinesh D’Souza Pleads Guilty to Campaign Finance Violations

Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza ‘83 pleaded guilty on Tuesday to violating federal campaign finance laws. D’Souza admitted to using straw donors to funnel $20,000 to Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long ’82. The felony carries a maximum prison sentence of two years, though D’Souza’s plea may help him avoid significant jail time.

Dinesh D'Souza at Dartmouth

Dinesh D’Souza at Dartmouth

D’Souza confessed to reimbursing friends who donated to Long’s unsuccessful Congressional campaign against Congresswoman Kristen Gillibrand ’88. Gillibrand won the race by a landslide.

The plea came after D’Souza attempted to have the charges dismissed as politically motivated. D’Souza’s wildly successful 2016: Obama’s America harshly criticized President Obama. According to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, the filings were examined as part of routine FBI review.

D’Souza and Long were both early staffers of the Review and have remained close ever since. After the infamous “Mein Kamp” fiasco, when a disgruntled staffer surreptitiously slipped Hitler’s words into the front page of paper, D’Souza and Long, both trustees of Review, returned to Hanover to address the situation.

Benjamin Brafman, D’Souza’s lawyer, will look to mitigate the sentence, which also carries up to a $250,000 fine.

“We are hopeful,” said Brafman, “that Judge Berman will recognize Mr. D’Souza to be a fundamentally honorable man who should not be imprisoned for what was an isolated instance of wrongdoing in an otherwise productive and responsible life.”

  • John James Cowperthwaite

    What a silly way to expose one’s self to compliance risk. Long was doomed to failure and 20k of illegal funds wouldn’t make a difference. This was just plain stupid – that 20k could have been simply given to a PAC which would work on behalf of Long.

    • A6

      It may be that you are an expert, Cowperthwaite; or, even if not, by coincidence perfectly correct on substance.

      But campaign finance law is notoriously complex and technical; and Internet comments are notoriously … seldom well-informed.

      The odds are that you are just an ordinary pompous undergraduate informed only by his political prejudices, blowing hot air with no idea what he’s talking about.

      Don’t let it spoil your summer vacation.

  • glen broemer

    If this seems like overposting, I generally publish when I’ve been assaulted, or when my privacy is ignored, or when my cats cry out in pain by some action of government. I’ve been assaulted thousands of times over the past decade now, I’m sure that estimate is accurate….One of my cats is bleeding, hair missing from its back, and two of them actually have scabs on their back as a result of being shot with energy weaponry. According to one report this results from my publication of Ronald Reagan quotes and biographical facts, indisputable and in fact from wikipedia. The federal government of course has all the power in the world to stop it.

    Typically operating through puppets–including puppets in the judiciary–the right wing has for decades been committing crimes and trying to classify them to cover them up, a move explicitly forbidden by the Code of Federal Regulations. The right has accomplished its political objectives by presenting a fraction of the evidence to judicial officials who, having seen the pattern dozens of times before, could not help but realize that they were being presented with incomplete and inaccurate information.

    With either the willfully blind approval or the willful ignorance of the judiciary the right has killed & stolen several of my pets and routinely shoots energy weaponry at me and my pets. Recent harm to animals include: two kittens from a pregnant stray i took in were killed a few months ago. The remaining two, just 3 months old, shake their head as government operatives shoot them with energy weaponry. They shot the eye out or removed the eye of a large really good natured stray at the port, hobbled another cat at the port, shooting it with energy weaponry, and for years routinely killed and left dead animals in my path. A few years ago one of them threatened ‘we’ll just kill a cat every so often’, in so many words. This has continued despite my calls to the police, the FBI, Congress, and my petitions in court. In the usual case, it appears that the right goes to a judicial crony for a ruling permitting them to harm animals to retaliate against me for my free speech. The federal government, the right wing in particular, interfered with my personal life and economic options for 3 decades, so their solution to my noting it is to kill animals. Makes perfect sense right? It does if you’re a sociopathic criminal, criminally stupid, and hawkish. Invariably their lies are exposed and the wrongfulness of the harm is clear to everyone, though not until the animals have been maimed or killed. There is really only one solution, and that’s to disempower them politically and to impeach them.

    If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth, right? the Democrats’ great accomplishment is producing the political equivalent of a Rodney King video, clearly demonstrating the lies of the right, the right Hilary Clinton correctly identified as a vast conspiracy. Confirm by examining Central District of California Cases, 01-4340, 03-9097, 08-5515, 10-5193, US Tax Court 12000-07L –though I think you want to view my US Tax Court Appeal to the 9th Circuit for a good account of their day to day assaults, a few month time slice indicative of a decade of assault, and more recently 9th Circuit case 11-56043.