Dinesh D'Souza Pleads Guilty to Violating Campaign Finance Laws

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Dinesh D’Souza could face some jail time after pleading guilty to one count of making illegal campaign contributions to a U.S. Senate campaign. The 2016: Obama's America filmmaker's legal saga rallied conservatives who claimed his indictment was part of a witch hunt.

D’Souza was to have started his trial this week in New York, but instead, he pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of making illegal campaign contributions, which carries a maximum two-year sentence. He’s expected to be sentenced in about four months.

By striking a deal, the more serious charge against D'Souza, namely making false statements to the Federal Election Commission, will reportedly be dropped.

“I knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids,” he said in court today.

This is hardly D'Souza's first weird brush with controversy. Back in 2012, he resigned from the presidency of The King's College amid a scandal involving D'Souza and a young woman he reportedly introduced as his fiancee to attendees of an evangelical Christian conference, despite the fact that he hadn't divorced his wife of 20 years yet. 

More recently, he made a Between Two Ferns parody to mock President Obama's appearance on the Galifianakis joint, which D'Souza and others said diminished the presidency. The spot was also more than a little bit self-promotional: His new film America is set to be released in early July, you know, on the 4th. His last film 2016 raked in about $33 million.

Fortunately for D'Souza, he likely won't be sentenced until after his new film drops. The release date is said to be still holding steady despite D'Souza's guilty plea.  

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