Friday, January 24, 2014

When conservatives commit campaign fraud

Funny thing about conservatives. The same people who vigorously defend voter suppression laws because, five Democratic voters in all of America were caught casting fraudulent votes will instantly wail selective prosecution when one of their own is caught breaking the law. And of course, our Lady of the Winebox, Ms. Althouse is not alone in inquiring if indicting the perp isn't just so much overkill for such a minor crime.

To be clear, I'm not big on the schadenfreude. I take no pleasure in seeing the tiresome blowhard Dinesh D'Souza indicted for campaign finance fraud. I do however find it satisfying to see some small justice visted upon the pompous twit even though I doubt he'll suffer much punishment beyond the embarrassing press for his crime.

Granted D'Souza's violation of the law wasn't the worst crime in the history of campaign frauds:
Dinesh D’Souza, a controversial political commentator, author and former president of King’s College, was indicted today by a grand jury for alleged campaign finance fraud, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office announced this evening.

According to the office, Mr. D’Souza, 52, is charged “with violating the federal campaign finance laws by making illegal contributions to a United States Senate campaign in the names of others and causing false statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission in connection with those contributions.”

According to a complaint, Mr. D’Souza contributed $20,000 to a New York Senate candidate’s campaign—five times the legal limit—by using straw donors, whom he later reimbursed.
Still, he did break the law deliberately in order to help out his long time friend. Not buying the "well the law is too complicated and he didn't realize arranging straw donors was illegal. He's not that stupid. However, one wonders why he would take the chance when it was so clear his candidate was going to lose the election. She barely captured around 27% of the vote. Surely the polling would have predicted the trouncing. Given D'Souza's history, one might suspect it was his "little head" doing the thinking on this one. That so rarely ends well.

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Blogger merlallen said...

Those guys are the Law and Order Party. For others. It's impossible to discuss this with rightwingers. My response is still. But Bill Clinton....blah blah.
I always ask them if they were taught that two wrongs do make a right. I guess so.

11:42:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Been a while since someone brought up Clinton to me, but yes, they always have a false equivalency to justify the cognitive dissonance.

6:21:00 PM  

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