Dinesh D’Souza, ‘2016: Obama’s America’ Filmmaker, Indicted For Campaign Finance Violation

Dinesh D'Souza. Photo: Mark Taylor (CC)

Dinesh D’Souza. Photo: Mark Taylor (CC)

No doubt this will make Dinesh D’Souza (director of the breakout documentary 2016 Obama’s America) even more of a hero to a certain Obama-hating segment of the American population, but are the charges really politically motivated? From the Hollywood Reporter:

Dinesh D’Souza is accused of giving too much money to a candidate who sought to replace former New York Sen. Hillary Clinton. Producer Gerald Molen tells The Hollywood Reporter the charges are politically motivated.

Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, whose documentary 2016: Obama’s America took a critical look at President Barack Obama and was a surprise hit in 2012, will be arrested in New York on Friday for allegedly violating campaign-finance laws, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Federal authorities accuse D’Souza of donating more than is legal to the campaign of Wendy Long, who ran in 2012 for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton but lost to now-Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Long, though, is not mentioned in an indictment obtained by THR on Thursday.

Insiders say D’Souza has been friends with Long since they attended Dartmouth College together in the early 1980s. According to the indictment, D’Souza donated $20,000 to Long’s campaign by aggregating the money from various people and falsely reporting the source of the funds. But Gerald Molen, a co-producer of 2016, says the charge is politically motivated.

“In America, we have a long tradition of not doing what is commonly done in too many other countries — criminalizing dissent through the selective enforcement of the law,” Molen tells THR.

D’Souza first learned he was being investigated in the middle of 2013, several months after 2016 had earned $33 million at the box office and become the second-most-popular political documentary in U.S. history. The film included an interview with Obama’s half-brother, George Obama, who was mildly critical of the president.

Molen says D’Souza is being singled out for “an alleged minor violation” in the same way the IRS reportedly targeted conservative Tea Party groups for retribution. “In light of the recent events and the way the IRS has been used to stifle dissent, this arrest should send shivers down the spines of all freedom-loving Americans,” Molen says…

[continues at the Hollywood Reporter]

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    It’s really hard to violate an ethic that is straightforwardly antisocial as the Republican version of libertarianism is. So I can’t really see this guy losing too much sleep over anyone else’s opinion of his behaviour.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Dinesh’s rationalwiki page is quite illuminating.
    http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Dinesh_D%27Souza

    • Liam_McGonagle

      The appeal of the brown nazi is that it allows Aryan nations wannabes cover to say, with factual if not essential truthfulness, that they’re so broad minded that they have dark friends.

      People of Indian descent can probably find this role less repugnant than say Latinos or African-Americans because they don’t have the class baggage to deal with. Pound for pound, Americans of Asian descent are far better educated and financed than yer average honkey, so if anything they probably see themselves not as “honorary” whites but “hyper” honkeys.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        Also rarely considered is the fact that we honkeys don’t have a monopoly on misanthropy. The hate embedded in the caste system often seems to go unremarked upon by Euro-liberals eager to atone imperialist misdeeds of their own ancestors.

    • Sarcasmo

      He thinks Obama is an “anti-colonialist”? LOL!

  • Larry

    NEVER, EVER BLAME THE MONKEY FOR THE TUNE THE ORGAN IS PLAYING!

    BLAME THE ORGAN GRINDER!

    OBAMA IS THE MONKEY & SOROS IS THE ORGAN GRINDER!

    WHY THE F–K DO YOU PEOPLE CONTINUE TO BLAME THE MONKEY?

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Loved this. I can’t wait for the day they invent a font convention crazier than all-caps.

      Still, it could have been a little better. The relative correctness of your punctuation takes away from the overall effect.

    • Andrew

      I tend to think of Obama more as a Judas goat than a monkey. It sounds less racist.

      Who was Bush’s organ grinder?

      • echar

        Cheney?

        • Andrew

          Nahh, Bush was more likely the grinder of Cheney’s organ.

          • echar

            Sr. ?

          • Andrew

            Think lewd puns.

          • echar

            Now I get it.

      • Larry

        Why Americans SOOOOOOO ignorant about who runs their country!

        THEY FOUGHT UNDER WASHINGTON

        The number of Jews in this country at the time of the Revolutionary War was small, but even from the scant congregation there was a liberal representation in the Continental Army, and the statistics prepared by Mr. Wolf show that there were many Jewish officers of high rank under Washington. Among these were COLONEL SOLOMON BUSH, Captain
        Joseph Bloomfield, Surgeon Moses Bloomfield, MAJOR LEWIS BUSH, Colonel Isaac Franks, Colonel David S. Franks, Quartermaster Benjamin Hart, Colonel Isaacs, Captain Jacob de la Motta, Major Benjamin Nones and many others, besides a large number of enlisted men.

        When the war was over the Jewish congregations of Savannah, Ga., and Newport, R.I., sent addresses to General Washington, who said in one of his answers:

        “May the children of the stock of Abraham who dwell in this land continue to merit and enjoy the goodwill of the other inhabitants, while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.”

        THE JEW SOROS, HAS MADE PRESIDENTS, GOING BACK TO JIMMY CARTER.

    • Adam’s Shadow

      I’ve been reading your stuff, and you sound exactly like my schizophrenic brother-in-law when he’s on a tangent. Do you have a manifesto yet? Because I think you’ve got a gold mine here.

  • Sarcasmo

    $20K? Wow, the feds are really going after the kingpins.

  • PKYINK

    I liked the movie. I didn’t believe everything he said by any means but it was ok. He was correct that Obama got elected w/ most people not really knowing much about him or his policies. 20k seems like they are reaching.

  • VaudeVillain

    So when will we see the Conservative calls to have him deported for committing an actual crime? Tick tock.

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