Conservative Commentator and Best-Selling Author, Dinesh D'Souza, Indicted by Grand Jury
Conservative commentator and best-selling author, Dinesh D'Souza, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for making illegal contributions to a U.S. Senate campaign.
According to reports, D'Souza "allegedly made and arranged $20,000 in campaign donations to an unnamed campaign in 2012 and then reimbursed those who were directed to make contributions."
D'Souza was charged with one count of making illegal contributions in the names of others, and one count of causing false statements to be made.
U.S. Attorney for Manhattan, Preet Bharara, said, "As we have long said, this Office and the FBI take a zero tolerance approach to corruption of the electoral process."
D'Souza is a affiliated with a number of 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 and, from 2010-2012, as president of The King's College, a small Christian school in New York City.
D'Souza is the author of several New York Times best-selling books, and has written the Christian apologetics What's So Great About Christianity and Life After Death: The Evidence. D'Souza is also a notable critic of New Atheism. In 2012, D'Souza released 2016: Obama's America, a film based on his 2010 book The Roots of Obama's Rage, both of which posit that Barack Obama's attitude toward America derives from his father's anti-colonialism and from a psychological desire to fulfill his father's dream of diminishing the power of Western imperial states. Critics have said the film is presented in a "conspiratorial tone" and contains speculation and projection. The film has been the highest grossing conservative political film produced in the United States. In January 2014, he was indicted on charges of making illegal political contributions to a 2012 US Senate campaign.