Christian activist and Breitbart hero Dinesh D’Souza, whose 2012 movie 2016: Obama’s America grossed $33M, has been indicted on federal charges of campaign finance fraud.
D’Souza, an author and the former president of King’s College, is accused of “causing $20,000 in illegal campaign contributions to be made to a candidate for the U.S. Senate in calendar year 2012,” according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He is also charged with causing false statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission. “As we have long said, this office and the FBI take a zero tolerance approach to corruption of the electoral process,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. “If, as alleged, the defendant directed others to make contributions to a Senate campaign and reimbursed them, that is a serious violation of federal campaign finance laws.”
D’Souza reportedly gave money to others to support Wendy Long’s failed campaign against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. His lawyer claims the it was “an act of misguided friendship.” D’Souza was fired by King’s College last year after he appeared at an event with his “fiance” while still married to another woman. The Christian school took a dim view of that.