Dinesh D’Souza pleads guilty to violating federal campaign finance law

Dinesh D'Souza giving speech.—File photo

Newscast NEW YORK—Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza averted a
trial by pleading guilty to violating federal campaign finance law. D’Souza was
accused of using straw donors to contribute $20,000 to the campaign of Wendy Long
who was running against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Long lost the race in 2012,
but the undertakings of her campaign remained under scrutiny.

According to Reuters, D’Souza 53, who has earned a reputation for being an Obama
critic told the judge in court, “I knew that causing a campaign contribution to be
made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids, I deeply
regret my conduct.”

Under the law, and individual may contribute a maximum if $5,000, while a couple

The trial was to start the same day of D’Souza’s plea, of he had opted not to plead
guilty. D’Souza will be facing a maximum of two years in prison and a $250,000 fine,
but his attorney told reporters that he will ask the judge to waive the jail time since
his client is a “fundamentally honorable man” who had committed an “isolated instance
of wrongdoing.”