Dinesh D’Souza, best known for his documentary film “2016: Obama’s America” which gave an extremely unflattering view of President Barack Obama prior to the 2012 presidential election, has pleaded guilty to charges of having made illegal campaign contributions. The conservative scholar and filmmaker pleaded guilty in New York federal court on Tuesday in Manhattan, according to a Politico report on Tuesday. Though he is from San Diego, California, his infractions involved New York politics.
D’Souza, a hero of sorts to conservatives, admitted getting contributions to Wendy Long that were illegal. He got two of his close associates to give $10,000 contributions to Republican candidate Long. Long lost in her bid to become a New York senator in 2012. According to a prosecutor, Long was prepared to testify against D’Souza in the case.
In his pleading guilty, D’Souza asserted that he knew that what he did was wrong and illegal. He also said that he regrets having done it.
The guilty plea comes on the very day D’Souza’s trial was to start. The plea agreement asks for a prison sentence of some 10 to 16 months. He will be sentenced on Sept. 23 of this year.
D’Souza’s “2016: Obama’s America” made history by being the biggest box office draw of a conservative documentary of all time. Of note in the film, Obama’s brother George spoke poorly of the president while other concerns regarding Obama took center screen in the documentary that grilled Obama for his ascension in politics in the United States. Conservatives gasped at the movie’s revelations while left-leaning persons in politics refused to give it any credence. Many of the topics covered in the film are still discussed and debated during Obama’s second term in office.
Additionally, D’Souza is a 53-year-old political commentator and author. He is affiliated with several conservative organizations and publications including the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Hoover Institution, and Policy Review. He also served as a policy advisor to President Ronald Reagan. For two years, in 2010 through 2012, he was the president of The King’s College in New York City.