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BREAKING: Dinesh D'Souza Pleads Guilty to Violating Campaign Finance Law
Townhall ^ | Tuesday, May 20. 2014 | Katie Pavlich

Posted on 05/20/2014 7:24:11 AM PDT by kristinn

Author and conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza plead guilty this morning to federal charges accusing him of violating campaign finance laws and making false statements. D'Souza admitted in front of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, that he did in fact ask two people to make contributions in their name and later reimbursed them, knowing it was not proper under the law. Judge Richard Berman accepted his guilty plea and set a sentencing date for September 23, 2014. The government argued attorneys would be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the defendant, D'Souza, is guilty.

"Guilty your honor," D'Souza said, adding that he deeply regrets his actions.

"The plea is now accepted and Mr. D'Souza is now guilty under the indictment," Berman replied.

(Excerpt) Read more at townhall.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dinseshdsouza; dsouza; dsouzaguilty

1 posted on 05/20/2014 7:24:11 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Sad to hear this.

I wonder if they had very strong evidence, so D’Souza decided to plead guilty, hoping for a lighter sentence?


2 posted on 05/20/2014 7:25:45 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: kristinn

This is a joke when you consider violating campaign finance laws is the norm for Commie ‘RATS.


3 posted on 05/20/2014 7:26:34 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: kristinn

I surmise a bargain was struck where he won’t do jail time, but he will be impoverished by fines.

The law is being applied selectively.

The demonRATs do this kind of thing with total impunity, and without fear of ever being investigated or punished when discovered.


4 posted on 05/20/2014 7:28:38 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: kristinn

It is hard to not to think his anti-Obama work has been a factor.


5 posted on 05/20/2014 7:28:48 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

The law doesn’t apply to the ruling elite.


6 posted on 05/20/2014 7:29:06 AM PDT by Catmom (We're all gonna get the punishment only some of us deserve.)
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To: kristinn

Well. That is certainly you will never hear a Democrat or Obama Administration official do - EVER.


7 posted on 05/20/2014 7:29:14 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: kristinn

Dinesh is going on a speaking tour. For all we know, he might even get bigger audiences with all of this going on.


8 posted on 05/20/2014 7:29:27 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: kristinn
The first warning of dangerous and terrifying tyranny, is the selective enforcement of laws. -- Lazamataz, 2014
9 posted on 05/20/2014 7:29:46 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
D’Souza decided to plead guilty, hoping for a lighter sentence?

That will be the day that he would get a lighter sentence with the communists Democrats out to kill.

10 posted on 05/20/2014 7:30:28 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Westbrook

Who started the complaint/investigation against D’Souza?


11 posted on 05/20/2014 7:31:04 AM PDT by Catmom (We're all gonna get the punishment only some of us deserve.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
I wonder if they had very strong evidence, so D’Souza decided to plead guilty, hoping for a lighter sentence?

Probably. When the Feds are after you, it's usually the best you can do. Their conviction rate is incredibly high.

12 posted on 05/20/2014 7:31:37 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I suspect coercion.


13 posted on 05/20/2014 7:31:45 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Logical me
That will be the day that he would get a lighter sentence with the communists Democrats out to kill.

They have already got what they wanted - nothing D'Souza ever says again will be listened to because of the "convicted campaign fraudster" tag that will be applied to his name.

They have silenced a dangerous critic - whether he goes to jail or not is irrelevant to them.

14 posted on 05/20/2014 7:33:36 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ([CTRL-GALT-DELETE])
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To: kristinn

Da*n! He is now discredited and they have a leash on him to make sure that he behaves. If they give him a prison sentence, he will be taught to submit to the new overlords of America.


15 posted on 05/20/2014 7:33:59 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: kristinn

When does his movie come out?


16 posted on 05/20/2014 7:34:20 AM PDT by Jess Kitting
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To: kristinn

Good news. A conservative politician does the right thing, pleads guilty, and accepts his lumps like a real man.

We all make mistakes. We all break laws. It’s how we accept responsibility for them that truly matters.


17 posted on 05/20/2014 7:35:34 AM PDT by Up Yours Marxists
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To: FlingWingFlyer

This is a joke when you consider violating campaign finance laws is the norm for Commie ‘RATS.

Rats probably wouldn’t plead guilty. Obviously D’Souza feels he did wrong and should pay the price.


18 posted on 05/20/2014 7:35:51 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: kristinn

I wonder if his plea will allow him to appeal that the law is unconstitutional? Are the restrictions really legal?


19 posted on 05/20/2014 7:39:21 AM PDT by gunnut
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To: kristinn

“...that he did in fact ask two people to make contributions in their name and later reimbursed them...”

GASP!!!!

UNCONSCIONABLE!!!!!! TERRIFYING!!!!! PAST AWEFUL!!!!!

EQUIVALENT TO EATING BABIES!!!!!

I wonder how many of those serial office holders in CONGRESS have done EXACTLY THE SAME THING but were PRACTISED enough not to get caught????


20 posted on 05/20/2014 7:39:31 AM PDT by ZULU (https://www.facebook.com/freejustina)
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To: kristinn
he did in fact ask two people to make contributions in their name and later reimbursed them

Didn't Gore accept $5000 donations from Buddhists nuns? I don't recall anything happening to the people who gave them the money to make the donations.

21 posted on 05/20/2014 7:43:06 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: kristinn

I assume this means that he has lost his right to vote. However, even though he’s no longer qualified to participate in our electoral system, he still has his first amendment rights and can still offer his opinion to those of us who can participate.


22 posted on 05/20/2014 7:44:27 AM PDT by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: Westbrook
I surmise a bargain was struck where he won’t do jail time, but he will be impoverished by fines. The law is being applied selectively. The demonRATs do this kind of thing with total impunity, and without fear of ever being investigated or punished when discovered.

In the old Soviet Union this was called a "show trial." Its purpose was to show the public the indomitable power of government and instill fear of the government.

23 posted on 05/20/2014 7:46:55 AM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: Tau Food

It depends on what state he resides in. All states deal with felonies, prison and voting differently.


24 posted on 05/20/2014 7:47:48 AM PDT by bubbacluck (America 180)
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To: kristinn

I was shocked by the $500,000 bond...I have seen people under indictment for murder with lower bonds. In the meantime good old Harry Reid has millions in shady campaign deals and not a peep from the FEC.


25 posted on 05/20/2014 7:49:50 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: kristinn
Author and conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza plead guilty this morning to federal charges accusing him of violating campaign finance laws and making false statements. D'Souza admitted in front of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, that he did in fact ask two people to make contributions in their name and later reimbursed them, knowing it was not proper under the law.

Not as surprising as some might think.

26 posted on 05/20/2014 7:52:25 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Nah. People still listen to that dispicable inside trader, Martha Stewart. ;-)


27 posted on 05/20/2014 7:52:28 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: kristinn

Enemies of the Obama Admin must realize they are being watched every second of the day


28 posted on 05/20/2014 7:54:00 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Truth29

His whole stupid thesis on “anti colonialism” should discredit him considering his Indian background and living in America


29 posted on 05/20/2014 7:55:48 AM PDT by MadIsh32 (In order to be pro-market, sometimes you must be anti-big business)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
They have already got what they wanted - nothing D'Souza ever says again will be listened to because of the "convicted campaign fraudster" tag that will be applied to his name.

D'Souza already discredited himself when he was boinking another woman at a family values conference while both were married to other people.

Who does he think he is, Jesse Jackson?

30 posted on 05/20/2014 8:00:16 AM PDT by gdani (Every day, your Govt surveils you more than the day before)
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31 posted on 05/20/2014 8:00:33 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Moonman62

I’m sure there’s some good strategy in this. Dinesh is a smart guy.


32 posted on 05/20/2014 8:01:05 AM PDT by txhurl (Trump/Cruz '16, and everybody else for Cabinet members.)
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To: napscoordinator

Much money came into Obama’s campaign from overseas. Many many millions of dollars of illegal donations came into the campaign from overseas. The methodology the campaign set up was not to report the source which is a violation of the law.

Where in the hell is Eric Holder on this? Perhaps, “All Animals are equal but some are more equal than others?”

Follow link below to ABC (which is left wing) and their report of the campaign violations.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/10/group-warns-of-foreign-fraudulent-donors-to-obama-campaign/


33 posted on 05/20/2014 8:01:42 AM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: kristinn

Not even a “no contest?”


34 posted on 05/20/2014 8:11:25 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: kristinn

His right to vote, right to hold public office, right to possess a firearm and right to sit on a jury have been revoked.


35 posted on 05/20/2014 8:14:10 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: Up Yours Marxists

Even if he was guilty, two people is all? This was a political prosecution andhe may have made a pragmatic decision to accept a plea deal rather than be bankrupted with attorney fees.


36 posted on 05/20/2014 8:15:49 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: txhurl

How so? Now he can’t vote, hold public office, possess a firearm or sit on a jury.


37 posted on 05/20/2014 8:16:16 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: SeaHawkFan
I would prefer bankruptcy over losing my right to vote and own a firearm.
38 posted on 05/20/2014 8:18:14 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

But he can get back to exposing zero with no double jeopardy risk.

If zero goes after him again, it would be seen as persecution.

I hate that this is even happening, but remember what VJ said about payback being hell.


39 posted on 05/20/2014 8:19:03 AM PDT by txhurl (Trump/Cruz '16, and everybody else for Cabinet members.)
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To: kristinn

I would think he would submit a No Contest Plea.

Well, more fodder for the Communists. Too bad...


40 posted on 05/20/2014 8:20:59 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Nobody owes you a living, so shut up and get back to work...)
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To: kristinn

And now on to Dirty Harry?


41 posted on 05/20/2014 8:27:43 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: kristinn

At least he didn’t leave a girl to drown in a sinking car.


42 posted on 05/20/2014 8:28:16 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Tau Food

Or own a firearm. What the hell was he thinking??? I can’t think of a single politician who would be worth this type of charge even if the risk was calculably infinitesimal. What a dumbass...


43 posted on 05/20/2014 8:32:16 AM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
This is a joke when you consider violating campaign finance laws is the norm for Commie ‘RATS.

Hmm, even RATS get convicted on bundling. It is just too simple to prosecute. D’Souza violated and basic law which is a spit in the face or regulators they can't ignore.

44 posted on 05/20/2014 8:37:45 AM PDT by 11th Commandment ("THOSE WHO TIRE LOSE")
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To: BuckeyeTexan

He’ll probably get a pardon with the next GOP President.


45 posted on 05/20/2014 4:18:10 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: kristinn

A man is defined by his enemis. Your values are what you will NOT tolerate.

A conviction under THIS particular Prez is a badge of honor, and that will only become more and more clear as time wears on.

Remember the shock that Joe caused when he screamed out, “You lie..!” in the middle of the first State of the Union. Well, now Joe seems prescient.

THAT is where Dinesh is going —he is SHREWD to do this, both for his financial bottom line and also for his legacy.

The Regime is helping Dinesh to become a conservative Michael Moore, but honest and slim.


46 posted on 05/20/2014 9:34:33 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Dilbert San Diego

This is like the Martha Stewart case. He would be unable to convince a jury that he is not guilty even if he is not guilty.


47 posted on 05/20/2014 9:42:32 PM PDT by Theodore R. (It's inevitable: status quo Kentuckians are incapable of saying "No" to McC!)
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To: Axenolith
I can’t think of a single politician who would be worth this type of charge even if the risk was calculably infinitesimal.

And if you were trying to find such a candidate, Wendy Long would not be at the top of your list of prospects. She had never held or even run for any elective office. Her resume highlight was having served as a legal advisor to Mitt Romney. Most importantly, she had zero chance against a popular Dem incumbent in deep blue New York. Her eventual losing number was 46%. No, she didn't lose with 46% (a respectable 54-46 loss); she lost by 46% (Gillibrand 72, Long 26).

D'Souza knowingly violated the law so that he could pour his money down a rathole. He explained that she was a friend from his college days, but, given his track record, you have to wonder about the nature of the friendship.
48 posted on 05/20/2014 10:58:01 PM PDT by Eagle Forgotten
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To: Eagle Forgotten

GAAAh! She has a face like an old catchers mitt to boot!


49 posted on 05/21/2014 8:36:04 AM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Kickass Conservative
I would think he would submit a No Contest Plea.

Impossible in federal court without the consent of the prosecutor. Otherwise, your choices are limited to guilty or not guilty.

50 posted on 05/21/2014 12:58:58 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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