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Conservative Author Dinesh D'Souza Pleads Guilty In Campaign Finance Case PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:46

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NEW YORK (AP) — A conservative scholar behind a high-grossing film condemning President Barack Obama pleaded guilty Tuesday to making illegal campaign contributions to a U.S. Senate candidate in New York.

 
Dinesh D'Souza, 53, of San Diego, entered the plea in federal court in Manhattan on the day his trial was to begin, admitting he had two close associates each contribute $10,000 to Wendy Long's campaign with the understanding that he would reimburse them.
 
"I did reimburse them," D'Souza told U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman. "I knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids. I deeply regret my conduct."
 
A plea agreement D'Souza signed calls for him not to challenge any sentence within the range of 10 months to 16 months.
 
His attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said in a statement immediately after the plea that he was hopeful that the judge "will recognize Mr. D'Souza to be a fundamentally honorable man who should not be imprisoned for what was an isolated instance of wrongdoing in an otherwise productive life." Sentencing was set for Sept. 23.
 
Long, who lost the 2012 election to the Democratic incumbent, Kirsten Gillibrand, was prepared to testify against D'Souza, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Cohen.
 
D'Souza, who made the documentary "2016: Obama's America," entered the plea a week after the judge turned down his claim that he was selectively prosecuted. Berman said D'Souza had shown the court no evidence that he was targeted.
 
The government said in court papers that D'Souza faced overwhelming evidence of guilt and "now seizes upon the fact that he is an outspoken critic of the Obama administration as an excuse to avoid the consequences of his actions."
 
In court, Cohen identified the donors as Tyler Vawser, who worked for D'Souza, and Denise Joseph.
 
In court papers, the government said D'Souza was living with Joseph and having an extramarital affair with her, although at times she did work for him.
 
In October 2012, D'Souza resigned as president of The King's College after an evangelical magazine reported that he brought Joseph to a conference in South Carolina where he spoke. D'Souza said at the time that he and his wife had been separated since 2010.
 
The King's College was located in the Empire State Building before it moved in 2012 to lower Manhattan. It promotes itself as shaping young Christians as future leaders in business, politics, finance and media.
 
D'Souza is a former policy analyst under President Ronald Reagan and a prolific author known most recently for works critical of Obama.
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:47
 
Democratic-Party Aligned Groups To Continue Anti-GOP Protests At Legislature PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 May 2014 10:27

RALEIGH, (AP) — The mass protest movement "Moral Mondays" returns to the North Carolina Legislature this week, as lawmakers work on passing the state budget.

 
Protesters are calling for a repeal of last year's laws on unemployment insurance and requiring a voter ID. They also want more funding for social programs and a Medicaid expansion.
 
Republicans, who control both houses in the Legislature, have not signaled a shift in direction. They say their laws have put North Carolina on the path to economic prosperity.
 
Terry Van Duyn was arrested during protests last year. Now, as a newly elected Democratic senator from Buncombe County, she hopes to influence things from the inside.
 
All people and groups visiting the Legislative Building will also face new building rules that will govern how and where they can gather to demonstrate outside the House and Senate floors.
 
Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 10:28
 
Nearly A Tie: Both Parties Race Roughly $6 Million In Senatorial Campaign Race PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 May 2014 09:31

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - In a sign of the importance both political parties are placing on the effort to control the U.S. Senate, Democrats and Republicans raised nearly the same amount of money in April.

 
Roll Call reports that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $6.3 million while its counterpart, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, announced a haul of just over $6 million for the April. 
 
Democrats currently control the Senate and are in a defensive posture this year as red-state Democrats face an unpopular president and an unpopular health care overhaul. North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan is among that group.
 
To take over the Senate, Republicans must win six seats.
 
If the GOP wins five, the Senate would be deadlocked, effectively keeping control in the hands of Democrats. Vice President Biden would break any tie votes.
Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 09:32
 
Libertarian Sean Haugh Drawing 11% In Poll Of U.S. Senate Race PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 May 2014 15:13

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A new general election poll of North Carolina's U.S. Senate race shows the third candidate in the race, Libertarian Sean Haugh, is pulling 11 percent of the vote.

 
Public Policy Polling (PPP) data shows Democrat Kay Hagan with 38 percent of the vote and Republican Thom Tillis with 36 percent.
 
"Haugh's surprising support is likely the function of voters being pretty down on both of the major party candidates," writes PPP in its analysis of the data.
 
"Hagan has a 38/49 approval spread, pretty consistent with where her numbers have been since Republicans began running attack ads on her last fall. Tillis is at a 30/46 favorability spread, including only 51/23 with GOP voters. Despite his outright win last week some folks within his own party continue to be disaffected with him and are leaning toward voting Libertarian at least for now."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 15:13
 
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