Tuesday morning conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations. His trial was scheduled to begin today.
In April the Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara charged the former policy analyst in the Reagan White House for donating funds from “straw donors” to Wendy Long’s 2012 campaign for a Republican Senate seat in New York.
"Mr. D'Souza agreed to accept responsibility for having urged two close associates to make contributions of $10,000 each to the unsuccessful 2012 Senate campaign of Wendy Long and then reimbursing them for their contributions," D’Souza’s attorney Benjamin Brafman said in a statement.
D’Souza produced a film highly critical of President Barack Obama. In 2012 2016: Obama’s America, became the second highest grossing all-time political documentary, passing Michael Moore’s Sicko and Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.
Born in Mumbai, India, D’Souza came to the U.S. as an exchange student and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1983.
According to USA Today “Brafman called D’Souza a ‘fundamentally honorable man who should not be imprisoned for what was an isolated instance of wrongdoing in an otherwise productive and responsible life.’”
Brafman accused the government for “targeting” D’Souza for his critical views of President Obama.
Sentencing is scheduled for September 23.