Selective enforcement of the law is a dangerous thing.
Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza pleaded guilty to breaking campaign finance laws. He was accused of having urged two friends to make $10,000 contributions to a Senate candidate and then reimbursing them. This is an illegal work-around of campaign contribution limits.
He won’t be sentenced until Sept. 23 but faces 16 months in prison and a $30,000 fine.
So a guy does something wrong and pleads guilty. What’s the big deal?
Well, there’s the ridiculosity (that’s a word, right?) of such campaign finance laws and the pretty serious looming sentence for the crime. Prison.
I should probably mention at this point that D’Souza really, really, really doesn’t like President Obama. In 2012 he produced a popular documentary called 2016: Obama’s America, a harshly critical look at Obama’s worldview and how it affected his governing. That was in turn based on a book called The Roots of Obama’s Rage. Not that D’Souza has avoided criticism from the right, but his disdain for progressives is returned in spades.
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Now let’s take a look at one Jon Corzine. Who is he? Well, he was CEO of Goldman Sachs, spent $62 million of totally clean (I’m sure) cash buying a Senate seat, brought New Jersey to the brink of fiscal ruin in his sole term as governor, and then ended up implicated in one of the largest scandals in Wall Street history. How big? Oh, like $1.6 billion big. Here’s a link to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission complaint.
From a Wall Street Journal MarketWatch write up last June:
In October, 2011, then-MF Global chief Jon Corzine told an employee that they were going to do everything not to take cash from a revolving credit facility even if that meant “going negative” by taking funds from customer accounts. According to a Commodity Futures Trading Commission complaint Thursday, Corzine knew that “going negative” — taking funds from the commodity merchant’s customer accounts — would be a violation of the firm’s policy. The exchange between Corzine and one of his employees is just one of dozens of details explaining how MF Global allegedly improperly moved customer funds in the final days of the firm in 2011, which led to more than $1 billion in missing customer funds. Corzine, a former co-chairman of Goldman Sachs who later became a U.S. senator and governor of New Jersey, was slapped with civil charges Thursday for his role in the collapse of MF Global Holdings Ltd., the commodity trading firm he oversaw.
read more: http://thefederalist.com/2014/05/21/prison-for-dsouza-beach-time-fo...