Filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza plead guilty to improper campaign contributions today. He organized contributions of $5,000 from three friends who he promised to repay at a later time.
D'Souza was able to complete the transactions and give his lifelong, childhood friend, Wendy Long, a total donation of $20,000 in her unsuccessful bid for the seat of Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand in the 2012 New York Senate race.
The type of campaign bundling that D'Souza did was technically illegal, but the questions of how the DOJ determined that D'Souza may have committed a crime and why this incredibly minor offense was prosecuted to the full extent of the law remain unanswered.
D'Souza plans to release the film "America" on July 4th of this year. D'Souza's co-producer, Gerald Molen, has called the prosecution of D'Souza a political witch-hunt. Molen is a Hollywood legend who produced films like "Schindler's List" and "Rain Man."
Despite the efforts of Molen and other associates of D'Souza, Obama's DOJ decided they wanted to prosecute the author of "The Roots of Obama's Rage" to the fullest extent of the law. D'Souza decided to mitigate his risk of a long jail term by pleading guilty. Sentencing is slated to occur in the next few months.
Perhaps the sentence will be softer if D'Souza's film is softer.
More will be forthcoming as details emerge. Stay tuned.