Dinesh D'Souza may lay claim to the fourth-highest grossing documentary ever released in the U.S. ("2016: Obama's America"), but he also has another distinction for the record books: He's the first such documentary filmmaker to be convicted of breaking the law. The director pleaded guilty to one count of violating campaign finance laws, and could face 10-16 months behind bars.
Michael Moore may have violated some international treaties in visiting Cuba to seek healthcare and there are plenty of people that consider his filmmaking practices unethical. But Moore hasn't broken any laws--at least none that I know of.
According to reports, D'Souza's plea comes four months after he was indicted for using straw donors to give money to his college friend Wendy Long's doomed 2012 New York senate campaign.
"I knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids," D'Souza told Manhattan Judge Richard Berman. "I deeply regret my conduct."
D'Souza, however, did not apologize for making a documentary that was completely built on faulty logic, conjecture and opinion.
Lionsgate plans to distribute D'Souza's next movie, "America," which opens wide on July 2. If the filmmaker is incarcerated during the release, the distributor could use that to their advantage, positioning him as a target of the vast leftwing conspiracy and thereby roiling more conservatives to see his latest piece of claptrap.