Dinesh D’Souza Pleads Guilty In Campaign Finance Case

Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating a federal campaign finance law, according to Reuters.

Back in January, prosecutors accused D’Souza of using straw donors to contribute $20,000 to the campaign of Wendy Long, a Republican attorney and a friend of D’Souza’s who in 2012 lost to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). D’Souza was charged with one count of making more than $10,000 of contributions in the names of others, and one count of causing false statements. According to Reuters, D’Souza on Tuesday pleaded guilty to the illegal contributions charge, and the false statements charge is expected to be dismissed at his sentencing.

D’Souza entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan.

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