Filmmaker indicted for illegal campaign contributions

Conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza has been indicted by a federal grand jury for arranging illegal campaign contributions to a U.S. Senate candidate, according to a report by Reuters.

The government’s complaint released Thursday alleges that D’Souza, around August 2012, reimbursed people he had instructed to donate $20,000 to the candidate’s effort, according to the published report.

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Federal law in 2012 limited primary and general election campaign contributions to $2,500 each, for a total of $5,000, from any one person to any one candidate.

D'Souza, 52, was charged with one count of making illegal contributions in the names of others, and one count of causing false statements to be made, the Reuters report said.

The Senate candidate was not named in the indictment, according to the report.

In 2012, D'Souza campaigned for Wendy Long, a lawyer and Republican who challenged Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand for the junior Senate seat from New York. Gillibrand won reelection to her first full term by a sizable margin.

Neither D’Souza, his lawyer nor Long could be reached for comment, according to the report.

D'Souza is a former adviser to President Ronald Reagan, and has been affiliated with conservative organizations such as the American Enterprise Institute.

A best-selling author, D’Souza also directed a 2012 film critical of President Obama titled, "2016: Obama's America." Books he has written include The End of Racism, Life After Death: The Evidence and Obama's America: Unmaking the American Dream.