Wendy Long, a conservative and college friend of D’Souza, ran against and lost to moderate-turned-progressive Democratic candidate Kirsten Gillibrand in the New York election. D’Souza reportedly gave the Long campaign $20,000 in her bid to defeat Gillibrand and this, according to the Federal Elections Commission is a violation of campaign law which limits the amount an individual can give to any particular candidate.
According to the indictment D’Souza had amassed the contribution from various persons who wanted to help the Long campaign financially. The real fault lies not so much with the amount of the donations but as to D’Souza’s false claims concerning the source of those contributions.
Dinesh D’Souza is no friend of the Obama Administration or of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and his highly critical 2012 documentary film about them and their governance titled “Obama’s America 2016 - Love Him Hate Him You Don't Know Him,” was a surprise box office success ($33 million USD) that threw some powerful progressive liberals back on their heels with many of the facts concerning President Obama and those in his administration.
Because of the insights delivered by the film concerning President Obama the film’s co-producer - Gerald Molen - sees this charge brought against his friend and filmmaker as purely politically motivated because of the impact D'Souza’s film had on the minds of so many who viewed it. It is no secret that as a result of the revelations from the movie and all that has followed in its wake the President’s poll numbers have seen a steady decline and many in the conservative ranks see this move against D’Souza has focused payback.
“In America, we have a long tradition of not doing what is commonly done in too many other countries,” stated Molen to THR - “criminalizing dissent through the selective enforcement of the law...When American citizens begin to suspect that people are being arrested for alleged minor violations because of their vocal dissent against their elected representatives or rulers, it breeds disrespect and contempt for the law and suspicion of those officials.”
While the charges stem from an actual election law on the books it is considered to be of such a minor category that usually it has been ignored in the past. Yet, some are leveling a charge of reverse-favoritism against the Obama White House and arguing that this smacks of politicized hit-listing in much the same way the IRS was directed to go after certain conservative groups like The Tea Party organizations throughout the country.
An attorney for D’Souza told THR that the filmmaker “did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever...at worst this was an act of misguided friendship by D’Souza.”
The filmmaker has a new movie coming out on July 4, 2014 titled “America.” I would encourage everyone to see it. If it is as illuminating as his Obama 2016 film then not only will moviegoers be in for an entertaining couple of hours but a politically educational time that could literally change their lives and point of view about American politics.