Obama critic indicted for campaign-finance fraud, obstruction

posted at 8:41 am on January 24, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

This strange announcement came last night from the US Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York. Author and conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, who produced the documentary 2016: Obama’s America that went after Barack Obama in the middle of the last election cycle, has been indicted for allegedly pushing $20,000 in straw-man contributions into a Senate race in New York that was hopeless from the start:

In 2012, the Election Act limited both primary and general election campaign contributions to $2,500 for a total of $5,000 from any individual to any one candidate. In August 2012, D’SOUZA directed other individuals with whom he was associated to make contributions to the campaign committee for a candidate for the United States Senate (the “Campaign Committee”) that totaled $20,000. D’SOUZA then reimbursed those individuals for the contributions. By directing the illegal contributions to be made, D’SOUZA also caused the Campaign Committee to falsely report to the FEC the sources and amounts of those contributions to the campaign.

D’SOUZA, 52, of San Diego, California, is charged with one count of causing $20,000 in illegal campaign contributions to be made to a candidate for the United States Senate in calendar year 2012, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison. He also is charged with one count of causing false statements to be made to the FEC in connection with the illegal campaign contributions, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

The Indictment is the result of a routine review by the FBI of campaign filings with the FEC by various candidates after the 2012 election for United States Senator in New York. Mr. Bharara praised the investigative work of the FBI.

A routine review, eh? At the very least, the report raises a few questions. The race, although not specified, appears to be the Senate election between Kirsten Gillibrand and Wendy Long in New York, in which Long lost to Gillibrand by forty-five points (72% to 27%). Why would D’Souza try to push illegal contributions in the low five figures and risk criminal prosecution in a race where tens of millions of dollars were spent, and where the challenger was utterly doomed? For that matter, why use straw men when D’Souza could have just bundled for Long instead, or set up a PAC?

On the other hand, the response from D’Souza’s defense team sounds as if there’s something to explain:

But his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman. released a statement to reporters saying that D’Souza’s efforts to help a friend running for the Senate in 2012 was “at most” an “act of misguided friendship.”

“Mr. D’Souza did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever,” Brafman said in the statement. “He and the candidate have been friends since their college days, and “at worst, this was an act of misguided friendship by D’Souza. . .It is important to note that the indictment does not allege a corrupt relationship between Mr. D’Souza and the candidate.”

The indictment did not name the Senate candidate in the case. But it appears to be Wendy Long (R), who lost overwhelmingly in 2012 to incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat. Long raised less than $1 million for her long-shot campaign.

Campaign contribution limits are counterproductive and ultimately the cause of more corruption than they prevent. They should be eliminated, and replaced with full transparency on contributions that aggregate higher than $200 (the same limit as exists now) on campaign websites that will allow voters to see clearly who funds these campaigns. Until those laws change, though, we are bound to follow them. If D’Souza violated the law, then he’ll have to be held accountable … but it will be interesting to see in court how the feds “routinely” decided to look into his activities after producing 2016.

Ace counts this among quite a few “coincidences” involving critics of this administration.

Update: Via Instapundit, Ann Althouse expresses my thoughts on this succinctly:

I think it [the defense response] looks pretty much like a confession that D’Souza committed the criminal acts. What’s the defense? That he’s a good person who meant well and enjoyed camaraderie with the beneficiary of his illegal acts? I don’t think campaign finance laws work that way, but maybe I’m wrong. Personally, I avoid campaign finance because I think the law is set up to snag people on all sorts of weird details. I’m troubled by that, because it means that you can’t run for office unless you have plenty of legal advice, so how do you begin to run for office? It’s really oppressive. But if there’s going to be oppression like that, it can’t be an out that you didn’t mean to violate any law, can it?

I agree, if the investigations into the law don’t turn into selective prosecution for political purposes. How many of these cases involve Obama boosters rather than critics? How did prosecutors decide to look into D’Souza’s activities in the first place?

That is the real problem with creating these kind of Byzantine structures. It makes it easy to create criminals, and then those in power can use prosecutorial discretion to choose their targets. I don’t know that this is what happened here, but that’s the danger that this system of finance “reform” creates.

Update: Big thanks to the Drudge Report for the link — and they have another that reminds us the DoJ only charged a John Edwards donor with a misdemeanor for the same crime. That indictment came from the Bush administration in 2007, though, regarding the 2004 election.


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Weep for America. Pray for her and the brave Ukraine people. They understand far better what is coming to them than we here in America seem to understand.

jazzuscounty on January 24, 2014 at 11:19 AM

I believe that’s called class warfare….

libfreeordie on January 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Hardly.

But then, you have a habit of throwing out terms that you don’t really understand…in the hope of bolstering your (phony) ‘victim status’.

You really are too stupid to be any sort of “professor” – of anything.

Solaratov on January 24, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Like I wrote before, you prove what I wrote about Greenhill.

cozmo on January 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM

I’ll continue to “prove it” with my well paying job in a beautiful part of the country.

libfreeordie on January 24, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Yep. Just gotta love that good ol’ Affirmative Action.

Solaratov on January 24, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Gangster government.

rrpjr on January 24, 2014 at 11:25 AM

If D’Souza violated the law, then he’ll have to be held accountable

The administration should hold him accountable in exactly the same way they held Obama’s illegal alien, contempt of judges rulings, welfare defrauder, and illegal campaign donating Aunt Zeituni accountable.

Remember how hard the government came down on her?

Oh, wait, she used her illegal welfare money to donate to the Obama campaign illegally. That’s okay then.

Never mind.

CJ on January 24, 2014 at 11:26 AM

This is selective persecution.

Recall the IRS scandal, which by the way is still in Limbo as Issa does nothing.

You really are too stupid to be any sort of “professor” – of anything.

Solaratov on January 24, 2014 at 11:20 AM

You would probably be shocked at what passes for an educator these days.

dogsoldier on January 24, 2014 at 11:27 AM

My, my, Libbie and Verbie, you’re such paragons of virtue….

I don’t see your righteous indignation on other issues of virtue in the political theater, such as:

- “If you like your health plan, you can keep your heath plan.”

- The IRS targeting conservative groups during the 2012 elections, where Obama admits it then denies it.

- Coumo telling pro-life groups to get the hell out of New York, then getting angry, saying he was misquoted.

Say what you will about D’Souza, it doesn’t look as if he’s going to cover this up. He looks like he’s going to accept responsibility.

However, your goons use the lie as a work of art, even saying we’re lying for your benefit, so shut up and take it.

Your embrace of them and castigation of D’Souza says a lot about you two.

itsspideyman on January 24, 2014 at 11:27 AM

hence doma’s demise.

sesquipedalian on January 24, 2014 at 9:20 AM

The basic biological fact that a male and female human create families that propogate the species is not arbitrary.

Dinesh D’Souza has many titles outside of “Obama critic” so you can pretend that Ed chose it randomly if you want to.

I didn’t pretend it was random. I specifically indicated it was revealing of an emerging pattern. That pattern implicates the administration as a whole, not Obama as an individual.

B: All the commenters afterwards have indicated they get the implication of the headline.

libfreeordie on January 24, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Yes, the implication is that there is selective enforcement of the law. Nobody to this point is arguing wrongful prosecution. If anything, his lawyer’s statement waxing eloquent about good intent is a pretty tacit admission that this guy is going away, and few people will miss him. But the fact that this happens while non-profit “non-political” organizations run official media channels for the president with impunity is very telling.

…he would somehow trick that person into flagrantly and stupidly breaking an obvious law…

verbaluce on January 24, 2014 at 9:33 AM

You do realize that you’re the first person in the entirety of the article and the comments to suggest that D’Souza was “tricked into” doing anything by Obama, right?

I believe that’s called class warfare….

libfreeordie on January 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

A prog crying class warfare. Everyone take a drink.

But even IF Obama and the admin were out to get this guy, rest assured that they’ve done so weakly – and only after Dinesh did something royally stupid and corrupt.

verbaluce on January 24, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Let me put it to you another way. Think about all the whining done across the spectrum of the left the last couple years, about Citizens United, and Kock Brothers buying elections, and Obama making thinly-veiled references to “foreign money” and so forth. In an election with billions-with-a-b of dollars poured into it. Think about all the times they’ve gone on about who owns the voting machine companies, and who funds the SuperPACs, and on and on and on.

Now think about this guy. Little known by anyone. A movie seen only by a small percentage of people. A race in a blue state lost by some 50 points. Busted over $20,000.

If he’s guilty, great, he’s guilty, lock him up, I won’t cry. But just think about the breadth and scope of accusations about money in politics and the influence on the outcome of elections, and then think about who they got and for what election.

The Schaef on January 24, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Ed,

and they have another that reminds us the DoJ only charged a John Edwards donor with a misdemeanor for the same crime. That indictment came from the Bush administration in 2007,

Pierce O’Donnell was charged with a felony. He made a plea deal with the government and plead guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge. The statement you wrote is not correct.

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jun/15/local/la-me-pierce-odonnell-20100615

segasagez on January 24, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Don’t forget this either.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2014 at 11:46 AM

We have to be consistent. Whether through ignorance, or malice, if D’Souza is guilty he needs to be prosecuted.

cozmo on January 24, 2014 at 9:24 AM

But the problem with that is that the law, as I referenced before, is *intentionally* written so that it is impossible for a person of even above-average intelligence, but who has no experience with the system, to be involved in a political campaign without breaking the law in some fashion. Trust me, if you got involved and didn’t hire a professional consultant, you would violate some part of the law in the first week or two, and you would be liable for prosecution. The law is written in such a fashion as to make that a guaranteed outcome – *Everyone* is always guilty, unless they pay the guild members who control the system the ransom they demand in order to say the magic words (rather like a druid’s spells, don’t you think?) that make everything OK, and which give you a pass to getting as much money as you want from anyone, anywhere. Really, it’s easy for those who know the game – we just call that filling out the correct magic PAC forms, and making the right 501(c)(4) filings. Same game as back in the Druids time, just different robes and masks. Pay off the Priests and you can do whatever you want.

When you say “he needs to be prosecuted”, those of us in the guild say “Of course he does! Thank you for doing our work for us, it looks so much more “honest” when we don’t have to be the ones to bring that up ourselves!”

Without “honest” people like you demanding enforcement, much of our power over you would be lost.

Tom Servo on January 24, 2014 at 11:47 AM

McCarthy laughs in his grave.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Molen added: “When American citizens begin to suspect that people are being arrested for alleged minor violations because of their vocal dissent against their elected representatives or rulers, it breeds disrespect and contempt for the law and suspicion of those officials. … If this unfortunate action against Dinesh is intended to deter the release of his upcoming film, America, that effort will fail.”

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Now we can be arrested for contributing to a loosing cause. But, more important is that they forgot the nationality of Dinesh D’Souza, making the left racist money grubbing slime balls.

Keep your eyes open at all (D) sponsored events and count the number of Brown Shirts that are present.

MSGTAS on January 24, 2014 at 11:50 AM

“Obama critic.” Oh please. Wghatever. Yeah, he’s also brown-skineed. maybe it’s a race thing? Wait…. Oh, he wears glasses, so maybe….

You people are PATHETIC.

lostmotherland on January 24, 2014 at 11:51 AM

You people are PATHETIC.

lostmotherland on January 24, 2014 at 11:51 AM

The only thing that’s pathetic is YOU, go back to KOS moron.

BeachBum on January 24, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Let me put it to you another way. Think about all the whining done across the spectrum of the left the last couple years, about Citizens United, and Kock Brothers buying elections, and Obama making thinly-veiled references to “foreign money” and so forth. In an election with billions-with-a-b of dollars poured into it. Think about all the times they’ve gone on about who owns the voting machine companies, and who funds the SuperPACs, and on and on and on.

Now think about this guy. Little known by anyone. A movie seen only by a small percentage of people. A race in a blue state lost by some 50 points. Busted over $20,000.

The Schaef on January 24, 2014 at 11:30 AM

His movie made him a target that had to be discredited. I bet the NSA turned up some info on him that was worth him biting the bullet and taking responsibility for something so irrelevant.

menacetosobriety on January 24, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Coincidence: You weren’t paying attention to the other half of what was going on.

CrazyGene on January 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM

verbaluce on January 24, 2014 at 11:02 AM

LOL, you’re a phucking moron.
HumpBot Salvation on January 24, 2014 at 11:09 AM

You’ll phall phor any phoolish phable.

verbaluce on January 24, 2014 at 12:05 PM

You people are PATHETIC.

lostmotherland on January 24, 2014 at 11:51 AM

You’re lost, in fuc*erland.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2014 at 12:06 PM

I believe that’s called class warfare….

libfreeordie on January 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Only if you have class, which you don’t…

PatriotRider on January 24, 2014 at 12:16 PM

You’ll phall phor any phoolish phable.

verbaluce on January 24, 2014 at 12:05 PM

And you prove my point yet again. You make it way too easy.

HumpBot Salvation on January 24, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Where’s the victim in campaign contributions? I don’t see any blood or bruises. All you people whose standard is “victimless crimes” take a step back.

Axeman on January 24, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Poor verbalduece…kids that’s what happens to you when you have no moral compass. Don’t be a verbalduece.

phoolish phables? That’s rich coming from a braindead obamabot. Hope and Change baby! If you like your plan you can keep your plan…

HumpBot Salvation on January 24, 2014 at 12:25 PM

All you libs are disgusting hacks.

Every single time a Democrat is implicated in VOTING fraud (not merely campaign financing) or using the power of government to silence and shut down political opponents you dither and complain and try to convince us that there’s nothing to it.

The media wakes up after a 5 year coma when Christie’s administration shuts down a bridge and a former VA governor is caught up in corruption charges. After having given Obama a pass on much much worse corruption.

You guys are fascists – or at the very least unconcerned with fascism as you tacitly support it.

On a daily basis you call for a bigger and more powerful government while also daily fighting to keep it opaque, corrupt and unaccountable (as long as a Democrat is running it).

gwelf on January 24, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Where’s the victim in campaign contributions? I don’t see any blood or bruises. All you people whose standard is “victimless crimes” take a step back.

Axeman on January 24, 2014 at 12:23 PM

+1

gwelf on January 24, 2014 at 12:29 PM

D’Souza gave money to candidates!?!
Ok, prosecute him!

Remember when Obama’s campaign website was accepting illegal donations? *crickets*

gwelf on January 24, 2014 at 12:29 PM

It was stupid that he did this. If you are going to make movies against Obama.. you better not go around giving illegal campaign contributions.

Not only do you invite legal action by the very administration you are making movies about.. you also discredit your movies.

Stupid! Regardless of whether others are getting away with it.. this was stupid.

JellyToast on January 24, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Obama’s Marxist misery

Now that it’s 2014 and they can see that their revolution is ready to knock the USA off the map, all Marxists push feverishly for the Rebirth of Socialism in the Land of the Founding Fathers.

Imagine Living in a Socialist USA editor Goldin is not the only one who praises “life-enhancing socialism”, her comrades in high places, including United Nations Climate Chief Christiana Figueres said only last week: “Democracy is a poor political system for fighting global warming.” “Communist China”, she said, “is the best model.”

Socialism is not “life-enhancing”. Socialism kills the human soul and leaves nothing but misery in its wake.

No one has to “imagine living in a Socialist USA”, they now live it in Obama’s Marxist misery.

Many are upset to hear Obama repeat that he has a pen and a phone. They should remember that he has a hammer and a sickle at the ready to destroy the centuries-old freedom of the Western world.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Where was the FBI when candidate Clinton was receiving campaign contributions from Indonesia and China? Huge amounts of bundled funds from shady sources?

Where was the FBI when candidate Obama had the security validation turned off on his on-line contribution site in two elections allowing contributions under fake names, from foreign countries, from one-off debit cards, etc.?

The list could go on and on, but all is ignored or forgiven if you have a “-Dem” after your name.

in_awe on January 24, 2014 at 12:33 PM

I am so sick of trolls. Vdouche, Livelikeaperv, Lostfvcker why are you here? You are pretty sick individuals to troll sites just to provoke and spew. Seek professional help.

BeachBum on January 24, 2014 at 12:34 PM

How does this differ from “bundlers” which seem to be all the rage with candidates these days?

Or is more about who he bundled for?

EdmundBurke247 on January 24, 2014 at 12:36 PM

I am so sick of trolls. Vdouche, Livelikeaperv, Lostfvcker why are you here?

BeachBum on January 24, 2014 at 12:34 PM

So we can laugh at the leftists. Relax and mock them. They are idiots on display.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Hey, but it was really important to not vote for Romney on election day because principle. Because purity. Because Being Idiots Is Fun.

fadetogray on January 24, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Where was the FBI when candidate Clinton was receiving campaign contributions from Indonesia and China? Huge amounts of bundled funds from shady sources?

Where was the FBI when candidate Obama had the security validation turned off on his on-line contribution site in two elections allowing contributions under fake names, from foreign countries, from one-off debit cards, etc.?

The list could go on and on, but all is ignored or forgiven if you have a “-Dem” after your name.

in_awe on January 24, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Our local lib trolls were outraged at that stuff too I’m sure.
/sarc

gwelf on January 24, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Stupid! Regardless of whether others are getting away with it.. this was stupid.

JellyToast on January 24, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Yes. It is very important to blame the victim of corrupt law for his stupidity.

fadetogray on January 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Calculate the cash value of the trolling as exceeding campaign finance individual limits, raid their homes, maximum fines and maximum incarceration.

Don’t ask where the road goes, unless you’re willing to take it, trolls.

Christien on January 24, 2014 at 12:43 PM

I agree, if the investigations into the law don’t turn into selective prosecution for political purposes. How many of these cases involve Obama boosters rather than critics? How did prosecutors decide to look into D’Souza’s activities in the first place?

These questions will be ruled irrelevant and will never be answered at D’Souza’s trial, which looks like it will be a guilty plea in any event.

Basilsbest on January 24, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Remember when Obama’s campaign website was accepting illegal donations? *crickets*

gwelf on January 24, 2014 at 12:29 PM

in_awe on January 24, 2014 at 12:33 PM

None of that counts, because they are socialists. It’s all good for the cause.

Remember Al Gore and the Buddhist temple? “No governing authority”

If you are a conservative watch your six.

dogsoldier on January 24, 2014 at 12:46 PM

You want to see real corruption on the IRS scandal. OFA which was Obama for America, but changed its name to “Organizing for Action” ….

Axeman on January 24, 2014 at 12:38 PM

…which stand for obama flukes America, ofA.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2014 at 12:46 PM

These bastards would indict they’re mothers if they thought
she voted against the kenyan

Texyank on January 24, 2014 at 12:48 PM

I don’t know what’s sillier – the idea that Obama has anything to do with this – or the idea that to silence an anemic and meaningless critic, he would somehow trick that person into flagrantly and stupidly breaking an obvious law, for which he’ll likely face some fine.
Yea…silenced forever! /

D’Souza just got handed the scipt for his new film and outline for his new book, which many of you will buy via a ‘click here’ ad on Hot Air.

verbaluce on January 24, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Given the well-documented pattern of IRS targeting of conservative groups, and the new attempt to change the rules to make it legal and permanent, the “sillier” idea would be to claim that Obama is innocent.

But you’re right about one thing. This attempt to use campaign finance laws to target his critics will backfire. Rather than discredit D’Souza, it will demonstrate the Obama administration’s attempt to silence his critics, and make people listen when D’Souza speaks.

If you would actually look at the Obama administration’s actions, you would see the beginning of American fascism.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 24, 2014 at 12:51 PM

…anybody got a Dime Bag??

ToddPA on January 24, 2014 at 12:55 PM

If you would actually look at the Obama administration’s actions, you would see the beginning of American fascism.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 24, 2014 at 12:51 PM

The verbalduece can’t see anything..it’s way too dark in obama’s rectum for verbie to see anything.

HumpBot Salvation on January 24, 2014 at 12:57 PM

You’ll phall phor any phoolish phable.

verbaluce on January 24, 2014 at 12:05 PM

This is your brain on drugs.

kingsjester on January 24, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Seriously? SERIOUSLY? Obama is responsible for *every* criminal activity conservatives engage in? This is absolutely insane. Dinesh D’Souza was a fraud long before he released his flopumentary that influenced the 2012 election in exactly zero precincts outside of Idaho (though thank God for it, I hear Mitt might’ve lost the state without it). But for some reason, the President has targeted someone who accomplished zip, zero, stingy-with-dinero in terms of actually influencing the election? D’Souza was fired from his position at Kings College, is that also because of Obama? D’Souza is a horrible writer whose books are filled with half truths and bereft of citations, is that Obama’s fault? Dude is a huckster, just deal. Y’all are a mess.

libfreeordie on January 24, 2014 at 8:53 AM

I think it’s time to stop playing games with this pig libfreeordie.

The pig is allegedly in Georgia, which is a Republican state.

Out him, then have loyal Republicans in state government release his personal information like Obama did for Joe the Plumber, have him targeted by the state tax service, like Obama did for the Tea Party groups and their contributors, have people file lawsuits against his university for his statements, like Obama’s supporters did, and have people target his sex partners’ employers, like Obama supporters did.

And since libfreeordie has admitted to sexually abusing and exploiting minors, have the state law enforcement target and subpoena him and his friends and family, then publicly pronounce them as child molesters.

Come on, libfreeordie. This is how you want to play, it’s time we punch back. You and your child Obama wanted to be thugs, it’s time we treated you like it.

Answer. Either you or your dimbulb verbaluce. Is this how you want the country to operate? If it is, then you’ll get it. If it isn’t, then curb your black child Obama NOW or it will be.

Does the black child think his

northdallasthirty on January 24, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Wonkette covers this better than you lot of merry pranksters will ever be capable of, but it’s fun to watch you spin.

Constantine on January 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Constantine on January 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM

School must be cancelled today.

kingsjester on January 24, 2014 at 12:59 PM

These non-Obamacare threads are like class reunions.

rogerb on January 24, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Elections have consequences….

sandee on January 24, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Wonkette covers this better than you lot of merry pranksters will ever be capable of, but it’s fun to watch you spin.

Constantine on January 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM

We don’t bother with racist sites that attack the mentally retarded.

Or with sites themselves that would flunk the Obama Party’s sudden concern for campaign finance violations.

northdallasthirty on January 24, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Wonkette covers this better than you lot of merry pranksters will ever be capable of, but it’s fun to watch you spin.

Constantine on January 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Yeah, when I want in depth, professional, scholarly
analysis of any issue I always go to Wonkette.

You know, because they are a bunch of

Merry Pranksters…you may want more Vaseline…..

ToddPA on January 24, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Yes. It is very important to blame the victim of corrupt law for his stupidity.

fadetogray on January 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM

D’Souza is a victim here? Conservatives becomes liberals REAL QUICK when one of there’s is in the lam.

segasagez on January 24, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Wonkette covers this better than you lot of merry pranksters will ever be capable of, but it’s fun to watch you spin.

Constantine on January 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Wonkette? LOL. Nuff said.

HumpBot Salvation on January 24, 2014 at 1:12 PM

… merry pranksters…
 
Constantine on January 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM

 
Ha. I haven’t thought of that phrase since I was a teenager. Thanks. That was a fun read back when I knew everything.
 
You should find some Tom Robbins stuff, too. Do it before you’re out of college, though. Most of his work sucks to read as an adult.

rogerb on January 24, 2014 at 1:14 PM

If we can get urban elitist in here we’ll have it made.

rogerb on January 24, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Constantine on January 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM

A gift, just for you, from Wonkette, you fool.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Conservatives becomes liberals REAL QUICK when one of there’s is in the lam.

segasagez on January 24, 2014 at 1:10 PM

True liberals, not you, becomes indignant at your stupidity.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2014 at 1:15 PM

northdallasthirty on January 24, 2014 at 12:57 PM

It is not in GA. All else is pretty much true.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2014 at 1:16 PM

If we can get urban elitist in here we’ll have it made all the leftist latrine rats stinking up the house.

rogerb on January 24, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2014 at 1:17 PM

D’Souza is a victim here? Conservatives becomes liberals REAL QUICK when one of there’s is in the lam.

segasagez on January 24, 2014 at 1:10 PM

All campaign finance laws applied against American citizens are gross violations of the Constitution, and nine lawyers in black robes don’t make it otherwise.

I would be saying this if the same thing was happening to a Democrat incumbent, although Democrat incumbents are the ones those laws are written to help by enhancing the power of the media and incumbency.

You, on the other hand, are a hypocrite who loves tyranny.

fadetogray on January 24, 2014 at 1:18 PM

These non-Obamacare threads are like class reunions.

rogerb on January 24, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Yep.If you were a Liberal Troll, would you show your face on an Obamacare thread? I mean, how do you defend the indefensable?

Although, they certainly try to on every other thread.

kingsjester on January 24, 2014 at 1:20 PM

And the NSA thread isn’t even up to 20 posts.
 
How odd.

rogerb on January 24, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Yes. It is very important to blame the victim of corrupt law for his stupidity.

fadetogray on January 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Wake me when it throws 5 million people off of their health care plan.

Axeman on January 24, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Crickets on this thread, though. Must be a server problem.

rogerb on January 24, 2014 at 1:21 PM


Leftards, you’re needed over there.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Oh! And what difference does it make, at this point?

I forgot that one.

Axeman on January 24, 2014 at 1:23 PM

I thought everyone stopped paying attention to D’Souza after Christopher Hitchens made him look stupid and then he got caught with his also-married mistress in that hotel. Guess I was wrong, at least as far as the FEC was concerned.

alchemist19 on January 24, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Obamacare thread just went up btw:
 
Poll: ObamaCare support hits record low

rogerb on January 24, 2014 at 1:27 PM

All campaign finance laws applied against American citizens are gross violations of the Constitution, and nine lawyers in black robes don’t make it otherwise.

I would be saying this if the same thing was happening to a Democrat incumbent, although Democrat incumbents are the ones those laws are written to help by enhancing the power of the media and incumbency.

You, on the other hand, are a hypocrite who loves tyranny.

fadetogray on January 24, 2014 at 1:18 PM

I’m a hypocrite that love tyranny? No, i’m sure a person that appreciates some intellectual integrity. You scream “Rule of Law!” in regards to prosecutions you believe in, but call victims of those who are prosecuted by laws you don’t support.

It’s embarrassing.

segasagez on January 24, 2014 at 1:27 PM

looks like it will be a guilty plea in any event.

Basilsbest on January 24, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Maybe “no contest?”

Christien on January 24, 2014 at 1:29 PM

No, i’m sure a person that appreciates some intellectual integrity.

It’s embarrassing.

segasagez on January 24, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Indeed

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Obamacare thread just went up btw:

Poll: ObamaCare support hits record low

rogerb on January 24, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Cool. Let’s stop interrupting the troll reunion here and see if they move the after-party there.

Christien on January 24, 2014 at 1:32 PM

segasagez on January 24, 2014 at 1:27 PM

You love unconstitutional suppression of speech. Thus, you love tyranny when it serves your purpose, which is what all love of tyranny is.

fadetogray on January 24, 2014 at 1:33 PM

I’m a hypocrite that love tyranny? No, i’m sure a person that appreciates some intellectual integrity. You scream “Rule of Law!” in regards to prosecutions you believe in, but call victims of those who are prosecuted by laws you don’t support.

It’s embarrassing.

segasagez on January 24, 2014 at 1:27 PM

So that’s why I haven’t seen you here in a while?
Obama’s near-daily imperial decrees changing on his whim what just months ago liberals were calling “The Law Of The Land”?

And the Rule Of Law that’s been proven to be grossly unequally applied to conservative groups and liberal groups?

You must have been so pissed off at the corruption, hypocrisy and intellectual dishonesty of the Obama administration and his lackeys in the media that you couldn’t type.

gwelf on January 24, 2014 at 1:38 PM

You love unconstitutional suppression of speech. Thus, you love tyranny when it serves your purpose, which is what all love of tyranny is.

fadetogray on January 24, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Ha! Ok then.

segasagez on January 24, 2014 at 1:39 PM

So that’s why I haven’t seen you here in a while?
Obama’s near-daily imperial decrees changing on his whim what just months ago liberals were calling “The Law Of The Land”?

And the Rule Of Law that’s been proven to be grossly unequally applied to conservative groups and liberal groups?

You must have been so pissed off at the corruption, hypocrisy and intellectual dishonesty of the Obama administration and his lackeys in the media that you couldn’t type.

gwelf on January 24, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Should D’Souza have been charged? Yes or no.

segasagez on January 24, 2014 at 1:40 PM

“Obama critic.” Oh please. Wghatever. Yeah, he’s also brown-skineed. maybe it’s a race thing? Wait…. Oh, he wears glasses, so maybe….

You people are PATHETIC.

lostmotherland on January 24, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Lusophobia is the secret shame of the Progressive movement.

PersonFromPorlock on January 24, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Ha! Ok then.

segasagez on January 24, 2014 at 1:39 PM

So you’re also enraged that Obama’s campaign broke campaign finance laws in 2008 and 2012? Right?

And I’m sure that you’re also disturbed by the big double standard that allows Obama’s campaign to get away with it but D’Souza gets nailed.

gwelf on January 24, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Leftards, here’s an assignment for you. Help the poor, you hypocritical scumbags/scumhags.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Should D’Souza have been charged? Yes or no.

segasagez on January 24, 2014 at 1:40 PM

If the prosecution honestly believes he ran afoul of the law and he’s going to go after liberals equally as guilty then yes.

Now answer my questions.

gwelf on January 24, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Can we call this Orwellian?

RdLake on January 24, 2014 at 1:47 PM

my well paying job in a beautiful part of the country.

libfreeordie on January 24, 2014 at 10:11 AM

How much are they paying Teaching Assistants these days?

BTW, the court that indicted Dinesh (NY Southern District) is the same Federal Court that also found Iraq guilty of complicity with al Qaeda in the original 9/11 attacks. Did you agree with their verdict in that case?

PS-said verdict was handed down by a Federal Judge who was appointed by…Bill Clinton.

Del Dolemonte on January 24, 2014 at 1:49 PM

segasagez on January 24, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Yes, right after every single Dem who broke the rules to the tune of $20,000 or more was arrested, indicted, convicted, fined, sentenced, remanded, denied parole or pardon, finished paying the fines, finished serving the sentences, and finished parole terms.

Christien on January 24, 2014 at 1:52 PM

How much are they paying Teaching Assistants these days?

BTW, the court that indicted Dinesh (NY Southern District) is the same Federal Court that also found Iraq guilty of complicity with al Qaeda in the original 9/11 attacks. Did you agree with their verdict in that case?

PS-said verdict was handed down by a Federal Judge who was appointed by…Bill Clinton.

Del Dolemonte on January 24, 2014 at 1:49 PM

I’m sure libfree thinks the trillion in student debt is a small price to pay to have him teach you things you’ll find invaluable for getting a job in the Obama economy blaming whitey for everything that’s gone awry in your life.

gwelf on January 24, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Obama critic.” Oh please. Wghatever. Yeah, he’s also brown-skineed. maybe it’s a race thing? Wait…. Oh, he wears glasses, so maybe….

You people are PATHETIC.

toure on January 24, 2014 at 11:51 AM

How’s your ditch coming, Cultist?

Del Dolemonte on January 24, 2014 at 1:52 PM

A little Room 101 never hurt any secular humanistic Utopia.

Murphy9 on January 24, 2014 at 1:53 PM

If the prosecution honestly believes he ran afoul of the law and he’s going to go after liberals equally as guilty then yes.

Now answer my questions.

gwelf on January 24, 2014 at 1:47 PM

What campaign laws were broken, and who should be charged with the offense? Specifically.

segasagez on January 24, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Yes, right after every single Dem who broke the rules to the tune of $20,000 or more was arrested, indicted, convicted, fined, sentenced, remanded, denied parole or pardon, finished paying the fines, finished serving the sentences, and finished parole terms.

Christien on January 24, 2014 at 1:52 PM

The only other person that I could find having been charged with the same crime was a Democrat. Of the two people that have been charged with this crime, one was a democrat and one was a republican.

segasagez on January 24, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Wonkette covers this better than you lot of merry pranksters will ever be capable of, but it’s fun to watch you spin.

Constantine on January 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Gee, the same tolerant Leftist toilet paper that lost 14 advertisers after implying incest between members of the Palin family?

And you wonder why we laugh at you. This is why.

F-

Del Dolemonte on January 24, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Leftards are expected at the Dear Leader threads.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2014 at 1:58 PM

What campaign laws were broken, and who should be charged with the offense? Specifically.

segasagez on January 24, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Nice. Is this how you evade being intellectually honest in your mind?
You don’t think any liberals have run afoul of this law? It’s a very nice self defense mechanism – a media that could care less if a liberal is breaking the law so of course it’s not happening.

Obama’s campaign website accepted many donations from illegal donors (foreigners, fake people). In two elections.

gwelf on January 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM

The man is a tyrant. He writes laws using E.O. and has no qualms about doing it. He has told us, repeatedly over the last few months that he will act if congress won’t do what he wants. He uses the tentacles of the government to attack people he doesn’t like. S&P, Conservative/TEA Party PACs and now a private citizen. He is spying on American citizens. The only reason GITMO isn’t closed is becuase he will need it to hold the real “terrorists”. Libfree/Verbaluce/Bob Beckel are in total agreement with this. Chavez and Castro had and still have their supporters, all across the globe. Don’t worry though, give it 100 years and we may elect enough conservatives to change the tide.

The only thing holding this man at bay is the Second Amendment.

JAGonzo on January 24, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Nice. Is this how you evade being intellectually honest in your mind?
You don’t think any liberals have run afoul of this law? It’s a very nice self defense mechanism – a media that could care less if a liberal is breaking the law so of course it’s not happening.

Obama’s campaign website accepted many donations from illegal donors (foreigners, fake people). In two elections.

gwelf on January 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM

The Obama campaign was fined for this. That’s the punishment for violating that specific law. It was a law regarding financial campaign disclosure.

They broke the law, and deserved to face the consequences.

segasagez on January 24, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Success breads envy. Absolute successes breeds absolute dislike. “We The People” believe in truth, justice and the American Way (Superman). Going after the “BAD” guys is a GOOD THING. Going after JUST your enemies is a BAD THING. Being to suspenseful is a BAD THING. Case in point could be Osama Bin Laden. His support base came from small but many attacks. He new that as soon as 9-11 happened, with its thousands killed that it would be the end of his movement. It was to successful. A few years later he was dead. He awakened a sleeping Giant. “We The People” can tolerate some but not to much. Life needs to be in the Goldilocks Zone.
The point here is that it is election time. The Democrats are worried about a total disaster and are letting lose with an all out attack, every where at any time they can. “We The People” will take a bit of this BUT to much from the Democratic party will totally reverse the public opinion against them. It is one thing to go after the bad guys and another to find out that the bad guys are only your enemies list.

1.IRS going after conservatives in Hollywood now? actors Gary Sinise, Jon Voight and Kelsey Grammer, or the writer-producer Lionel Chetwynd,
2.Obama critic indicted for campaign-finance fraud, obstruction
3.Anthony Weiner on Hillary Clinton: ‘Most qualified candidate in history.

Each of these points may only give the Democrats .001% advantage but put hundreds of these together and they add up to a 10% advantage. This is how Obama won the second term. They stoled it .001% at a time.

If they do their job right the can win the mid terms. If not it can totally collapse in on them. It is our job to make sure that they do don’t steal this elections .001% at a time.

jpcpt03 on January 24, 2014 at 2:12 PM

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