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January 27, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Conservative writer and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was indicted last week on charges that he violated campaign finance laws.

The arrest of a prominent conservative, whose 2012 documentary 2016: Obama’s America savaged the president, has many on the right saying the prosecution is politically motivated.

Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch, no friend of D’Souza, smells a rat:

Decades of this have poisoned the well of American politics, and paved the way for Obama to take the demonization to the next level by unleashing the law on them. Arresting prominent members of the opposition is the kind of behavior we have seen from the likes of Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler; it is a hallmark of authoritarianism, not (until now) of politics in the United States. Of course, Stalin and Hitler didn’t stop with arresting their foes; they had them murdered as well, usually after a show trial. Obama is not doing that, but is even one step down this road one that Americans want to take?

Meanwhile, the left is laughing at what they see as right-wing paranoia. Steve Benen writes:

Obviously, the idea that the Justice Department would go out of its way to target D’Souza is pretty silly and those pushing the argument have nothing to substantiate it. But the takeaway from their reaction is that the indictment may actually help improve D’Souza’s standing in conservative political circles.

We’ve heard from the pundits. Now it’s your turn. Is the prosecution of Dinesh D’Souza politically motivated? Please leave your response in the comments below. If you haven’t registered to comment, please take a few seconds to do so.

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The only way this is not the result of targeting is if one of the straw donors went to the FBI and confessed. Without insider knowledge, the probability of this being investigated as the result of a random review is nil. The investigation started by looking at D'Souza and then his contributions to campaigns, and then any way in which D'Souza might be guilty of something. To look first at the candidate filing, and then go through all the donors . . . this would be impossible. This is why this kind of violation is so seldom discovered by the FEC or FBI. When it is discovered without insider information there is always a stupid mistake involved like 16 large contributions from different individuals with the same address etc. Witch hunt.
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It's not an either/or proposition to me. The DOJ's credibility is so tarnished at this point that it has no real legal or moral standing or any particular meaning. What the DOJ has is power. The DOJ has the power to destroy your life while its bureaucrats exercise what to them is simply another payday. The are no consequences or real downside or realistic checks and balances on the DOJ. They do what they want to and the only possible people with the power to do anything, Senators and congressman, sit on their hands. Next in line is the very media and educational system which supports liberal politics. They have the power and credibility to publicly extort and shame. Being unprincipled, they won't do it. At least, not until they're targeted, and in this political climate, that is at least a generation away, if ever.
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One of the worst legacies of President Obama's two terms is the now justifiable suspicion that federal prosecutions are politically motivated.
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A 2004 John Edwards donor was charged with a mere misdemeanor for the same crime. Why does D'Souza warrant harsher treatment?
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“Did you really think we want those laws observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against... We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with.”

― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
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Step Two is to freeze his assets prior to prosecution to force a plea.
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The investigation of D'Souza was politically motivated.

It was comprehensive, and it was a search for anything. If he had hired a house-cleaner and failed to pay SS taxes on salary, you can bet that would have been charged. If he had gooned up his taxes, he would have been charged. If there was a violation of the Wetlands Conservation Act on his property, he would have been charged.

How many of us, if every federal agency was scrutinzing our life, could get through without somehow violating some sort of law, regulation, or code?
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They can follow up on this D'Souza matter after they ACTUALLY investigate Timothy Geitner, Charlie Rangel, etc.
Why do Democrats make "honest mistakes" that just go away; but Republicans must be punished for their 'crimes'?
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The IRS targets conservative organizations. Valerie Jarrett states that this administration is going to punish its enemies. Is Dinesh D'Souza's indictment political? Duh !!!
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Well why are any of you surprised?
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No one is surprised.
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Its my understanding the total amount he is accused of bundling is a mere 20k. That is chump change in politics, you can get that per plate in a fatcat dinner. Normally it would not be worth the prosecutors time to even bother going after it, much less having the huge bond they asked for.. So yes, its obviously politically motivated.
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D'Souza is out on a 500,00 dollar bond. In our a county this week a man is out on bond for 50,000 dollars after intentionally running over and killing a young woman in front of many witnesses. The witch hunting of conservatives is very disturbing.
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Sometimes a bond is set as high as possible to see if you have access to resources that will enable you to pay it. So, the next step is they go after whomever made his bail.
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Is the prosecution of Dinesh D'Sousa politically motivated a

Rhetorical question?
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Okay, fine, it wasn't politically motivated. Doesn't the appearance of impropriety bother Democrats? Is looking like a crook but not technically being one that much better than being a crook?
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