Dinesh D’Souza pleads guilty to campaign finance violation

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Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza pleaded guilty in Manhattan on Tuesday morning to making illegal campaign contributions in the names of others.

“I knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids,” D’Souza, 53, told U.S. District Judge Berman, Reuters reported. “I deeply regret my conduct.”

A second count against D'Souza concerning the making of false statements is expected to be dismissed once he is sentenced, Reuters said.

D’Souza, who directed “2016: Obama’s America,” a documentary sharply critical of the president, was indicted in January on charges of making illegal contributions to a 2012 Senate campaign.

The indictment was filed by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, appointed by the president, and FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge George Venizelos, who accused D'Souza of directing $20,000 in campaign contributions to a 2012 Senate candidate, in violation at the time of the Federal Election Campaign Act, which limits primary and general election campaign contributions to $2,500 each from an individual to any one candidate.

Conservatives, including Republican Sens. Charles Grassley, Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, accused the government of targeting D'Souza simply because of his politics.

In a previous court filing, D'Souza’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman said his client was singled out for his criticism of Obama, Reuters reported.

“[Judge] Berman, however, ruled D'Souza was not entitled to seek government evidence that could have bolstered that argument, saying there was no sign D'Souza had been targeted,” the report said.

D'Souza faces between 10 and 16 months in prison. His lawyer, however, indicated he would ask the judge not to impose prison time.

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