Dinesh D’Souza , a popular conservative commentator, has been indicted for arranging excessive campaign contributions to an unidentified candidate for U.S. Senate in violation of election law.
D’Souza reimbursed people around August 2012 who he told to contribute $20,000 to the candidate’s campaign, reported Reuters.
Federal law limited contributions to $2,500 each for primary and general election campaigns from any person to any one candidate.
“As we have long said, this Office and the FBI take a zero tolerance approach to corruption of the electoral process,” the U.S. Attorney for Manhattan, Preet Bharara, said in a statement released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Bharara was appointed by President Barack Obama.
D’Souza famously directed the film “2016: Obama’s America,” which took a critical look at what would happen if Obama were re-elected in 2012.
He has done other work in the political sphere, such as serving as a policy adviser to President Ronald Reagan, and campaigning on behalf of Wendy Long, a Republican who sought to unseat Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand as one of the New York senators.