WASHINGTON, January 24, 2014 — The Hollywood Reporter announced that author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza has been released on a $500,00 bond. Communities released information on the filmmakers arrest yesterday stating D’Souza was indicted by a Manhattan federal grand jury on charges that he made arrangements to give excessive contributions to a candidate for U.S. Senate.
According to Reuters, the indictment alleges that D’Souza reimbursed $20,000 to “straw donors” that he asked to donate to a U.S. Senate campaign D’Souza was charged in the indictment with one count of making illegal contributions in the names of others, and one count of causing false statements to be made.
Federal law in 2012 limited primary and general election campaign contributions to $2,500 each, for a total of $5,000, from any individual to any one candidate.
D’Souza, a conservative intent on holding the Obama administration accountable, claims he is now being targeted by an Obama appointee. Another conservative filmmaker, James O’Keefe of Project Veritas, announced this week that he, too, is being targeted.
If convicted, D’Souza could be looking at a maximum of 2 years for the alleged illegal contributions, and a maximum of 5 years for allegedly making false statements.
The case is U.S. v. D’Souza, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 14-cr-00034.
SEE STATEMENT FROM Dinesh D’Souza’ s co-producer, Gerald R. Molen, here: