D’Souza’s film “2016 Obama’s America“- a conservative answer to Michael Moore’s 2004 “Fahrenheit 9/11″ in that it was a fact-challenged agitprop documentary that failed completely in its stated goal of defeating the incumbent president of the United States- was the highest-grossing documentary of 2012. But it failed to garner an Oscar nod in the documentary category, and was even left off of the short list.
D’Souza at the time slammed the snub, mocking the Academy’s documentary wing for letting “liberal political ideology” determine who got nominated for awards, specifically calling out eventual nominees “Searching For Sugar Man” and “This is Not a Film.” “Sugar Man” ended up winning the Oscar; “This is Not a Film” was filmed clandestinely in Iran by director and political dissident Jafar Panahi, and in order to be shown at Cannes, was smuggled from Iran to France inside a cake.
These days, though, D’Souza has more to worry about than the Oscar shortlist- he’s been indicted on federal charges of making illegal campaign contributions. According to the New York Times:
Dinesh D’Souza, a best-selling conservative author and filmmaker, was indicted on Thursday on charges that he used straw donors to illegally donate to a 2012 Senate campaign… Federal prosecutors in Manhattan said that Mr. D’Souza encouraged others to give $20,000 to a Senate candidate and reimbursed them for the donations. Election law prohibits such arrangements and caps donations at $5,000 per donor to any one candidate.
Due to some of D’Souza’s past transgressions, from writing books arguing that liberal sexual libertinism was responsible for 9/11 and that President Obama was motivated in his political ideology by “Kenyan anti-Colonialism” - not to mention that episode where he had to resign as head of a Christian college when it turned out he had a mistress- there was much liberal Schadenfreude on Twitter about the news:
— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) January 24, 2014
To understand why Dinesh D’Souza may have committed a crime, you have to understand Kenyan anti-colonial thinking.
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) January 23, 2014
There is no conceivable welfare state more egregious than the one that made curdled muppet and actual idiot Dinesh D’Souza a millionaire.
— David Roth (@david_j_roth) January 23, 2014
Hunter Moore, Justin Bieber, and Dinesh D’Souza all got arrested in the last 24hrs. It’s like a country wide a-hole sweep.
— DougZ (@Doug_Zbi) January 24, 2014
Say what you will about Michael Moore, but he’s never been named in a federal criminal indictment.