2014-05-20T135132Z_1_CBREA4J12HX00_RTROPTP_2_USA-POLITICS-DSOUZA

Anti-Obama author D'Souza pleads guilty to campaign finance violation

D'Souza exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse in New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a campaign finance law violation, avoiding a trial that had been expected to begin the same day in a Manhattan federal court. D’Souza, known for his biting criticism of President Barack Obama, pleaded guilty to one criminal count of making illegal contributions in the names of others. The plea came four months after Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara charged D’Souza with using “straw donors” to give funds in 2012 to Republican Wendy Long’s U.S. Senate campaign in New York. One of the friends was Denise Joseph, who was engaged to D’Souza while he was still married to another woman.

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