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

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Dinesh D'Souza giving speech.File photo


by Joseph Earnest  May 20, 2014


Newscast NEW YORKConservative 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 of $5,000, while a couple $10,000.


The trial was to start the same day of D'Souza's plea, if 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."                 Add Comments>>
















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