Dinesh D’Souza, a conservative writer and commentator and former Reagan Administration policy analyst, is being indicted by federal prosecutors following his arrest Thursday, for what authorities are describing as “illegal contributions” to Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long, made during the 2012 election.
Long, who was running against New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, is reported to have received more than $10,000 in illegal donations, either from or through D’Souza, who is charged with having made the repeated donations under false names.
In the indictment, authorities also claim D’Souza made repeated “false statements” to the Federal Election Commission, submitting fraudulent reports as to the source and legitimacy of donations made. During the 2012 cycle, under election law, individual contributions to candidates between primary and general elections was capped at $5,000.
Though current legal action is pending before the Supreme Court which could stand to eliminate individual aggregate donation caps, opening the door even wider to allowing the super wealthy to control election season narratives and candidate viability, existing legislation capping such donations making violations of such a federal crime and felony.
Prior to engaging in election fraud (or at least, prior to being caught,) D’Souza was more recently notable for his heavy-handed conservative writings.
With books such as “The Enemy At Home,” in which he attempts to blame the progressive left for 9/11, as well as his hit piece against President Obama; “The Roots Of Obama’s Rage,” D’Souza’s flagrant and bombastic conservatism earned him some substantial scorn when last November, he tweeted that he believed the President was a “grown-up Trayvon.” Though D’Souza did attempt to delete the tweet, it first went viral before he was able to, bringing his racism and failed wit into full view.
In what might add some slight insult to injury for the racist, conservative writer and former Reaganite, despite his blatant and careless attempts to flout campaign finance laws, Wendy Long, for whom he raised and illegally donated the funds to, managed, despite his fraud, to only garner 27% of the vote that year, making D’Souza’s dishonest and criminal behavior, as irrelevant as it was illegal.