Dinesh D’Souza indicted for straw donations to Wendy Long

Dinesh D'Souza, left, in his film 2016: Obama's America (AP Photo/Rocky Mountain Pictures)
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Conservative author and professor Dinesh D'Souza was indicted today by federal prosecutors for funneling $20,000 in straw donations to an unnamed candidate during the 2012 campaign.

Capital has learned the candidate in question is Wendy Long, who lost to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2012.

D'Souza attended Dartmouth with Long, where the two co-founded the school's conservative newspaper, and the two are longtime friends.

Long is the only candidate to whom D'Souza has made a personal contribution, giving the maximum $5,000 in March of 2012.

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According to the indictment, filed by the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District, the straw donations were made in or around August of 2012. The indictment alleges that D'Souza directed others to contribute to Long's campaign, then reimbursed those donors for their costs.

A press release said the contributions were uncovered as part of a "routine review" of fund-raising documents.

Long struggled to raise sufficient funds to challenge Gillibrand, collecting just over $700,000 individual contributions, after she had hoped to tap into a national network of conservative-activist donors.

Long had previously served as counsel to the Judicial Crisis Network, which supported George W. Bush's court nominees, and later opposed those of President Obama. 

D'Souza directed "2016: Obama's America," an incendiary documentary, made in 2012, that predicted a foreboding future if President Obama was re-elected.

D'Souza's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, told The Hollywood Reporter that D'Souza "did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever ... at worst this was an act of misguided friendship by D'Souza."

A former spokesman for Long's campaign did not immediately return an email for comment.

D'Souza is expected to be arraigned tomorrow in federal court in Manhattan.