It’s been a while since we checked in on Dinesh D’Souza. What’s he been up to, you ask?
Apparently, shilling for innovative plastic Christmas trees.
I somehow missed this when the video debuted because apparently I have no friends who love me and tell me such things.
From D’Souza’s endorsement: “I like artificial trees because they’re easy. But normally they’re not that easy, they take a lot of work to put up.”
He continues: “Bruce is offering you $50 off for the tree, which is really good because then you can use the $50 to go order a couple of my books…Get the tree for Christmas…and a couple books by Dinesh D’Souza.”
But I digress – and neglect to mention altogether why we are checking in with Dinesh: He’s baaaaack. With more (alleged) shenanigans.
Look at me burying the lede. It’s pretty good. Wait for it…
Dinesh done gone got himself in trouble with the law. He’s been indicted. On FEDERAL CHARGES. For allegedly committing election campaign finance fraud.
What’s he accused of exactly? Well:
Dinesh D’Souza, a conservative commentator and best-selling author, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for arranging excessive campaign contributions to a candidate for the U.S. Senate.
According to an indictment made public on Thursday in federal court in Manhattan, D’Souza around August 2012 reimbursed people who he had directed to contribute $20,000 to the candidate’s campaign. – Reuters
It gets better. Remember how D’Souza was married and had a girlfriend/fianceé/who knows at the same time and that kind of blew up in this face? Well, dude (allegedly) managed to get both women to buy into this scheme:
Records show D’Souza gave $5,000 [to] the campaign in two separate donations both dated March 16, 2012. The records also show his then-wife, Dixie D’Souza, gave $5,000 to Long’s campaign in two separate donations on the same day.
D’Souza’s fiancee, Denise Odie Joseph, gave $15,000 to Long, according to the records. Joseph made a $10,000 donation to Long on Aug. 30, 2012. She gave another $5,000 to Long on Oct. 22, 2012. On May 3, 2013, the Long campaign gave Joseph a $5,000 refund.
Election laws limit the amount an individual can give a candidate to $2,500 for a primary and $2,500 for general election campaign for a total maximum donation of $5,000. – Talking Points Memo
Welp. Of course the next question is: Did the candidate D’Souza to whom funneled illegal contributions win office? Did he actually see any returns on his illicit labor?
That’s right, not only did the candidate in question, lose…Her opponent – Senator Kristen Gillibrand – won 72% of the vote. SEVENTY TWO PERCENT.
Aaaaand her loss was entirely predictable:
@graceishuman Candidate was running against Gillibrand in a sure-fire electoral slaughter. Dumbest illegal contribs EVAR.
— BillH-MA-DE-TG (@CptRobespierre) January 24, 2014
How to describe how I and most of my Twitter feed reacted when the news of the indictment broke this evening? Hmm…
Oh, I know!
Predictably, some conservative pundits see this as evidence of an Obama-led conspiracy:
They are going after the Obama critics with indictments. VA Gov. Now Dinesh D’souza. Holder unleashing the dogs…
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) January 23, 2014
Meanwhile, Dinesh D’Souza apparently felt the need to share with his twitter followers that The Hollywood Reporter – that publication specifically – was covering his indictment:
Hollywood Reporter reports on my indictment http://t.co/igcWxDUq7m
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) January 24, 2014
This was a couple hours after he tweeted a New York Times article, with the claim that that the IRS is targeting Hollywood conservatives:
IRS targets Hollywood Conservatives–wasn’t this supposed to stop? http://t.co/v6aKIX3IKj
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) January 23, 2014
Nothing new, I guess: the past year has made it abundantly clear that D’Souza has absolutely zero shame or self-awareness.
As does his lawyer’s statement on the indictment. Highlights:
Mr. D’Souza did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever.
He and the candidate have been friends since their college days, and at worst, this was an act of misguided friendship by D’Souza.
So, to recap, in a little over a year, Dinesh D’Souza has:
Been caught in a scandal (as defined by conservative evangelicals) where he has a fiancee and a wife at the same time…
Claimed he had no idea that being married and engaged at the same time was frowned upon by conservative Christians (or, oh, almost everyone)…
Been sued for funneling funds investors gave him for his crappy racist movie to said fiancee…
And been indicted for what sounds like one of the most doomed to fail plans to circumvent campaign finance law ever.
Dear Dinesh: I think the universe might be trying to send you a message.
[Happy New Year, AWHers!]