Originally posted at WND.
Conservative filmmaker and author Dinesh D’Souza is calling revelations that comedian Rosie O’Donnell made repeated, “oversized” donations to Democrats – using five addresses and four different names –”an egregious violation.”
In 2014, D’Souza was fined $30,000 and forced to serve five years probation and eight months in a confinement center after he gave $20,000 to Wendy Long’s run for the U.S. Senate. In a tweet Monday, D’Souza suggested there’s a double standard in how his case was handled in comparison to O’Donnell’s.
He tweeted: “Justice isn’t merely about whether you broke the law – it is also about whether others similarly situated receive the same penalty #Rosie.”
Justice isn’t merely about whether you broke the law—it is also about whether others similarly situated receive the same penalty #Rosie
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) May 7, 2018
A New York Post investigation revealed Saturday that O’Donnell made large donations that exceeded legal limits to at least five Democratic Party candidates.
“The liberal comedian has regularly broken Federal Election Commission rules limiting the total any one person can give to an individual candidate at $2,700 per election,” the newspaper reported. “The limit applies separately to primaries, runoffs and general elections.”
O’Donnell told the Post that her decision to make the donations was “nothing nefarious.”
“If 2700 is the cut off — [candidates] should refund the money,” she wrote in an email to the paper. “I don’t look to see who I can donate most to … I just donate assuming they do not accept what is over the limit.”
The comedian said she frequently donates through the left-leaning fundraising website for ActBlue. Some of the donations were given to Alabama Sen. Doug Jones ($4,700), Pennsylvania Rep. Conor Lamb ($3,600 and $1,000), California Rep. Adam Schiff ($2,950), Illinois congressional candidate Lauren Underwood ($4,200) and New York congressional candidate Omar Vaid ($3,450). According to FEC filings, O’Donnell contributed at least $90,000 to 50 federal candidates and committees during the 2017-18 cycle.
“My anxiety is quelled by donating to those opposing trump [and] his agenda — especially at night — when most of these were placed,” she explained.
But D’Souza said the facts indicate O’Donnell knew she was breaking the law.
“It seems clear, from what we know, that Rosie broke the law and she broke the law five times,” D’Souza told Fox News.
“What makes it particularly sneaky on her part is that she used four different names and five different addresses,” he said. “It seems clear that she knew what she was doing and she tried to cover her tracks.”
D’Souza continued, “You exceed the campaign finance limit, and the law is the law whether you actually know it or not.”
The filmmaker says he still believes the Obama administration prosecuted him for political purposes because he was outspoken in his criticism of President Obama.
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