NEW YORK (AP) — A conservative scholar and filmmaker has pleaded guilty in New York federal court to making illegal campaign contributions.
Dinesh D'Souza (dih-NEESH' duh-SOO'-zuh), of San Diego, entered the plea Tuesday Manhattan.
He admitted getting two close associates to make $10,000 contributions to Wendy Long. She was a candidate who lost the New York Senate race in 2012 to the Democratic incumbent. A prosecutor says Long was prepared to testify against him.
D'Souza said he knew what he did was wrong and illegal and that he deeply regrets it.
D'Souza made the anti-President Barack Obama documentary "2016: Obama's America."
His plea came the day his trial was to begin. His plea agreement calls for a sentence of 10 to 16 months in prison.
He'll be sentenced on Sept. 23.