The Worldnetdaily, like many conservatives, is trying really hard to paint the indictment of Dinesh D’Souza as the Obama administration taking out political revenge on him, but in the process of making that claim they manage to prove it wrong.
Cleta Mitchell, a high-profile attorney specializing in campaign finance issues, told WND, “The decision to prosecute – or not prosecute – is always a matter of discretion. It was the prosecutor’s decision – indeed DOJ’s decision – not to prosecute widespread conduit contributions to the John Edwards campaign in 2008. Contrast that with this prosecution, which involved $15,000 (not $20,000 as claimed).”
Asked whether she believes the indictment was politically motivated, Mitchell said, “Do I think this is politically motivated? I think if a Republican appointee had done this, the press corps would be going ballistic. Just consider how outraged they were when Bush asked for and received resignations of all U.S. attorney appointees at the start of his second term, something that is customary. Imagine if his appointee had gone after a George Soros friend. Imagine the outrage.”
Oh yes, imagine the outrage. Now here’s the very next paragraph:
In 2011, prominent Hollywood lawyer Pierce O’Donnell – a Democrat who contributed to John Edwards’ 2004 presidential bid – admitted to asking 10 people, including a relative and employees of his law firm, to each donate $2,000 to Edwards’ run. O’Donnell reimbursed the donors.
O’Donnell was indicted on three felony charges in 2008. In 2011, Politico reported, “The judge struck two of those charges in his ruling and later dismissed one at the request of prosecutors. With only misdemeanors on his record, O’Donnell could regain his law license, which was suspended after the charges were filed.” O’Donnell would serve only 60 days in prison, 500 hours of community service and pay a $20,000 fine…
In 2013, Virginia businessman William Danielczyk was sentenced to two years and four months in prison and fined $50,000 for reimbursing straw donors who contributed $186,600 to Hillary Clinton’s 2006 Senate and 2008 presidential campaign.
Also in 2013, Florida developer Jay Odom, admitted to using straw donors to donate more than $23,000 in illegal donations to former Gov. Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign. He was sentenced to six months in federal prison and ordered to pay a $46,000 fine. He pleaded guilty to one felony count of causing a presidential campaign committee to make a false statement to the Federal Election Commission.
Wait, you mean the Obama administration has convicted two people of doing this for Democrats and another for doing it to another Republican? Doesn’t that pretty much destroy the argument that this is a result of political bias? Especially since D’Souza’s lawyer pretty much admits that he did it but said that he doesn’t think he had the intent of breaking the law?
Here’s what is going to happen here. D’Souza is going to cut a deal, he won’t get any jail time and he’ll pay a fine and get probation or a suspended sentence. That’s how these things usually end. And then he’ll go back on the Christian rubber chicken circuit with his terrifying tale of persecution and martyrdom.