'2016' filmmaker pleads guilty in campaign case

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 20 at 2:04 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A conservative scholar and filmmaker has pleaded guilty in New York federal court to making illegal campaign contributions.

Dinesh D'Souza (dih-NEESH' duh-SOO'-zuh), of San Diego, entered the plea Tuesday Manhattan.

He admitted getting two close associates to make $10,000 contributions to Wendy Long. She was a candidate who lost the New York Senate race in 2012 to the Democratic incumbent. A prosecutor says Long was prepared to testify against him.

D'Souza said he knew what he did was wrong and illegal and that he deeply regrets it.

D'Souza made the anti-President Barack Obama documentary "2016: Obama's America."

His plea came the day his trial was to begin. His plea agreement calls for a sentence of 10 to 16 months in prison.

He'll be sentenced on Sept. 23.

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