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Key Lawyer in DOJ Office Charging Dinesh D’Souza is Obama Campaign Donor

April 9th, 2014 - 8:21 pm

If you suspect that politics might have played a role in the Justice Department bringing charges against conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, consider the financial support to Barack Obama from a key DOJ lawyer in the U.S. Attorney’s office that filed the charges.

Each U.S. Attorney’s office has a lone District Election Officer (“DEO”). The DEO is the singular point person in each U.S. Attorney office for any matter related to an election or campaign finance. The U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York is the office which brought the campaign finance charges against D’Souza.

David Kennedy is the designated District Election Officer in the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York.  According to Federal Election Commission records, Kennedy is also a campaign contributor to Barack Obama as well as to John Kerry.  Kennedy has also contributed to state campaigns, including New York Democrat Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz.

David Kennedy

David Kennedy

D’Souza’s case is called a “conduit” case.  The Justice Department alleges that he provided funds to other people to contribute to a candidate for United States Senate, thereby avoiding the maximum contribution limits.

D’Souza’s film 2016 portrays Barack Obama as a product of a third world hostility toward Western colonialism and having an fierce aversion to American values of individual liberty, self-reliance and the rule of law.  It is the 4th highest grossing documentary of all time.

Hans von Spakovsky, a former counsel to an Assistant Attorney General at DOJ who was responsible for election matters, described the central role of the DEO in any election matter which touches a U.S. Attorney’s office. “All election-related prosecutions go through the DEO in the offices of United States attorneys located across the country,” he said.

DEOs at the Justice Department received specific training on how to search public records and look for conduit cases.  DEOs were trained by lawyers from the DOJ Public Integrity Section how to use public FEC files to look for data patterns and information which may betray a possible conduit case.  David Kennedy has been the DEO for the Southern District of New York at least since 2010.

Not only is DEO Kennedy a Obama campaign contributor, he also has a reputation as a proud and vocal liberal, not afraid to boast about his ideological worldview.

One lawyer familiar with Kennedy at DOJ told me, “Kennedy did not try to hide his political views, and they were liberal.”

Kennedy also had a meddlesome reputation among election lawyers at DOJ’s Washington headquarters for imposing unconventional arrangements to micromanage election matters in Manhattan which were normally managed in Washington D.C.

Even if Kennedy is a financial supporter of President Obama and a proud loud liberal, there is nothing illegal about those donations and actions.

The Justice Department prohibits political involvement by employees in some DOJ components, but not District Election Officers even though electoral politics are central to the DEO job.

“While there is no doubt that federal employees are entitled to make political donations, DEOs – who make decisions on the investigation and prosecution of election crimes – should not make such donations,”  Von Spakovsky said.  “Doing so inevitably compromises their credibility and will raise the appearance of bias and a conflict of interest in the eyes of the public.”

The DOJ does not replace DEOs who make contributions to candidates.

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It becomes a secondary matter, if the primary matter is abuse of citizen rights to free speech and principled dissent are under government assault.

Unless one believes that a minuscule some of money donated to a losing cause for a friend in a minor campaign of no national significance...trumps the gang rape of the Constitution, tyranny, totalitarian thuggery and stealing of freedom and liberty.

Only a brain dead apologist for leftist abuse of power could possibly see it otherwise. However, feel free to advance the notion that retaliatory government is a fine thing. In fact, keep saying it all the way past 2016.

Because if the shoe is on the other foot in that year, I don't want to hear a peep out of you and your fellow travelers. YOU think government abuse, selective prosecution, and stealing freedom is just fine. Good.

Your day is coming.
28 weeks ago
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"Prepare now for what comes next."

If the Nevada ranch fiasco currently going down serves as any harbinger, we're in more trouble than we can imagine right now.
28 weeks ago
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Providing heavy ordnance to Mexican drug cartels = No charges
Using the IRS to harass and punish dissidents = No charges
Accepting $50,000,000.00 + in "bundled" donations from hostile foreign governments = No charges
Contributing to a Republican senatorial campaign = Felony charges
The rule of law is dead. Prepare now for what comes next.
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27 weeks ago
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I wonder what Congress will do about Elijah Cummings? Boehner passed out tobacco lobbyist's checks to members of Congress while they were deciding on a tobacco bill, and he ended up as Speaker.
27 weeks ago
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and tell me again how this is an impartial situation with a B.O. supporter leading the charge, and how the seriousness of the matter is irrelevant as the punishment being sought far exceeds what any one else has had happen..
28 weeks ago
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Even if he is actually "guilty" of this crime, this shouldn't be a crime to begin with!

Consider: Your son turns 18, and you decide for his birthday to give him $1000. For his birthday. As a gift. Your son then donates $1000 to a candidate you already contributed the maximum legal amount.

According to this law, even though you didn't tell your son what to do with this money, YOU GO TO JAIL.

This is just one reason why maximum limit are just stupid.
28 weeks ago
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Shocked. I am shocked. Scum top to bottom.
28 weeks ago
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Socialism is the message, Marxism is the strategy and Fascism is the goal.

Democrats lost America's first Civil War because they enslaved Black people. Democrats are going to lose the second Civil War because they attempted to enslave the rest of us.
28 weeks ago
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Didn't the Supreme Court just nullify the law that he supposedly broke? Or is he accused of donating beyond the cap to individual campaigns, which I believe they upheld.
28 weeks ago
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He allegedly gave Wendy Long two donations of $10,000.00 each under the names of two friends whom he repaid shortly afterward. Long and the two friends will be testifying against him.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/dinesh-souza-charged-making-illegal-20g-gift-senate-candidate-article-1.1589951
28 weeks ago
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sounds like he was doing what Katzenberg and other bundlers were doing for B.O. but hiding by going under the limit where funds have to be reported by person.
28 weeks ago
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Did the bundlers individually donate more than the legal amount? Did they pay back those who donated?
27 weeks ago
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Well, let's be generous: the truth is the truth no matter which side is buttering your bread. I'm sure the Civil Rights Division will be indicting Mozzila for violating (wrongful termination) an employee's fundamental right to vote and lawfully participate in the political process. No one's above the law and the rule of lawyers.
28 weeks ago
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He technically resigned, so I don't believe he has any recourse for wrongful termination. Plus he's a CEO, which means there are different rules. If he is controversial and can result in hard to the company value simply due to his reputation he can be dismissed for reasons for which it is otherwise illegal to dismiss just a worker.

I agree with your sentiment about how wrong it was, but calls for legal action are groundless.
28 weeks ago
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Actually, it was a forced resignation over lawful political activity, years after the fact: I think he has a civil suit in California: Calling Gloria Allred?
28 weeks ago
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HARM to the company...stupid fingers.
28 weeks ago
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As for the situation with D'Souza, it is perfectly in keeping with Holder's agenda to use the tools, resources and people in the department of justice to conduct witch hunts, just as this president, Holder and possibly the office of representative Elijah Cummings have used the IRS.
28 weeks ago
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As evidenced by Holder's reaction to Louie Gohmert the other day on whether or not he takes his own contempt of Congress charge seriously, any criticism of the workings of Eric's tiny little agenda driven brain must be "racism".

This particular attorney general is driven only by the content of that tiny little brain, has packed the dept. of justice with ideologues who share his biases and sees himself as having "wide latitude" on which United States laws to enforce and which to ignore.

Until this situation changes and Eric is sent off into the hinterlands to contemplate his navel, this idiotic danse macabre will continue.
28 weeks ago
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"......hinterlands....."

Is that a new euphemism for gallows?
27 weeks ago
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When the people see their government ignoring the rule of law the people will eventually take that position as well. Woe betide those same governmet officials...
28 weeks ago
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