Conservative Christian Activist Dinesh D’Souza Charged with Breaking U.S. Election Law

It’s hard to characterize Dinesh D’Souza in just one way: He’s a conservative Christian, anti-gay marriage activist, guy who had an affair while still technically married, president of The King’s College until his resignation in 2012, and Mr. Bean doppelganger:

And now, D’Souza is the subject of a federal investigation for giving $20,000 to an unnamed Senate candidate when the legal limit is $5,000.

D’Souza was charged in the indictment with one count of making illegal contributions in the names of others, and one count of causing false statements to be made.

“As we have long said, this Office and the FBI take a zero tolerance approach to corruption of the electoral process,” the U.S. Attorney for Manhattan, Preet Bharara, said in a statement released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Bharara is an Obama appointee.

D’Souza campaigned in 2012 on behalf of Wendy Long, a lawyer and Republican who sought to unseat Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand as New York’s junior senator. Long graduated from Dartmouth College in 1982, a year before D’Souza.

The illegal campaign contributions could land him up to two years in prison. Religion News Service notes that he’s also charged with lying to the FEC, a crime that could add an additional five years to his jail sentence.

D’Souza has a long history of making bad arguments against atheism, like this one after a 2007 tragedy:

Notice something interesting about the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings? Atheists are nowhere to be found.

The hypocrisy runs deep in this man. He loves “traditional” marriage and Christian values… until they don’t suit his needs, in which case, to hell with them.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.


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