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Conservative author and philosopher Dinesh D'Souza was indicted yesterday (January 23) for violating federal campaign-finance laws by using straw donors to funnel money to a United States Senate candidate.

The indictment did not name the candidate, but the Washington Post and MSNBC both say it was Republican Wendy Long, who lost overwhelmingly in 2012 to New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand.

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

D'Souza, who has written more than a dozen books on religion and politics, lives in San Diego County. One of his books is The Roots of Obama's Rage. He reportedly went to Dartmouth with Long.

D'Souza's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, released a statement saying that D'Souza's efforts to help a friend running for the Senate in 2012 was "at most" an "act of misguided friendship," according to the Post.

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Don Bauder Jan. 24, 2014 @ 8:45 a.m.

D'SOUZA IN PERSONAL DOWNSPIRAL? Some publications, which may be on the other side of the fence politically, are noting that D'Souza has had problems in recent years. Reuters, not known for bias, reports, "In late 2012, D'Souza resigned his post as president of King's College, a small Christian college in New York City, after admitting he had become engaged to a woman even though he was legally married, though separated from his wife. He has been an outspoken defender of traditional marriage."

D'Souza has been affiliated with highly reputable conservative organizations such as the American Enterprise Institute and the Hoover Institution at Stanford. He directed a 2012 film highly critical of Barack Obama, "2016: Obama's America." It earned more than $33 million at the box office prior to the 2012 election.

The Daily Beast writes of "a tangle of personal and professional difficulties that swarmed around D'Souza at what was arguably the height of his success." Many conservatives "had grown increasingly exasperated with his string of conspiratorial books" that were judged to lack scholarly scrutiny. Apparently, some faculty members at King's College considered him a name-brand hire who lacked appropriate academic credentials, according to Daily Beast.

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Don Bauder Jan. 24, 2014 @ 11:19 a.m.

rockmedia: It appears you nailed it back then, Bonnie. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 24, 2014 @ 4:38 p.m.

LOCAL PUBLICATION COMMENTS ON PAPA DOUG'S FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF D'SOUZA ANTI-OBAMA FLICK. Doug Porter of San Diego Free Press reminds readers that the Union-Tribune ran scores of ads plugging D'Souza's movie blasting Barack Obama, "2016: Obama's America." Writes Porter, "Papa Doug even helped finance the film, which set out to lead it audiences to the conclusion that the President of the United States hates this country, wants to destroy it and create a socialist state where everybody is taxed at 100%. One world under Allah."

Mea culpa. I had completely forgotten this controversy when I wrote the item on D'Souza's indictment. Back in 2012, City Beat noted that the U-T's chief executive, John Lynch, confirmed that Manchester had invested in the film. There was to be a critique of the film in the U-T by one Democrat and one Republican. Donna Frye was the Democrat. She told City Beat that had she known Manchester had invested in the film, she would have mentioned it in her review.

The story that the U-T ran about D'Souza's indictment did not mention Manchester's financial support of the film.

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