The Obama administration’s prosecution of conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza on campaign-finance charges is a “political prosecution” comparable to the tactics used on the communist former Soviet Union to quell dissent, charges the producer of D’Souza’s 2012 hit film, which warned of dire consequences for the nation if Obama were elected to a second term.
“When Dinesh D’Souza can be prosecuted for making a movie, every American should ask themselves one question: ‘What will I do to preserve the First Amendment?’” Gerald R. Molen, the producer of “2016: Obama’s America,” told WND.
Molen previously produced the Academy Award-winning film “Schindler’s List.”
D’Souza has a new film scheduled for release July 4, “America,” which imagines what the world would be like without the nation.
His “2016: Obama’s America” was the No. 2 political documentary of all time, Molen noted, “and it obviously got the attention of our rulers.”
“This action may have been designed to intimidate us, but it will have the opposite effect,” he said.
Federal authorities have accused D’Souza of donating more than the legal requirement to the 2006 campaign of Republican Wendy Long, who lost the race for the Senate seat in New York that had been vacated by Hillary Clinton.
The indictment charges D’Souza donated $20,000 to Long’s campaign by aggregating the money from various people and falsely reporting the source of the funds.
Molen told WND the prosecution of D’Souza “is the equivalent of prosecuting a political dissident in the Soviet Union for jay-walking.”
“Yes, jaywalking in the Soviet Union is a crime, but it’s a minor crime. The real point is that you are a political dissenter and the government wants to put you away,” he said.
D’Souza pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday in federal court in Manhattan, where he was released on $500,000 bond and restricted to travel in the U.S.
He faces a maximum of two years in prison for the illegal contributions charge and a maximum of five years in prison for a false statements charge. D’Souza’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, released a statement saying, “Mr. D’Souza did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever. He and the candidate have been friends since their college days, and at worst, this was an act of misguided friendship by D’Souza.”
Molen said the Obama administration “is engaging in a practice of ‘selective enforcement of the law’ where there is double standard such that if you oppose Obama politically, the IRS and the Department of Justice knock on your door, but if you’re a liberal who supports Obama, you can say anything you want.”
In the eyes of the Obama administration, Molen contends, D’Souza’s crime was to dare to produce a movie that could damage President Obama at the polls.
“This is not the America we grew up in,” Molen said. “In the America I treasured, a president would go out of his way to protect those who disagreed with the president’s policy. That’s what the First Amendment is all about.”
Molen said D’Souza is encouraging Americans who still treasure the First Amendment and want to preserve the right to express political dissent without being prosecuted to “vote with your feet” by making the debut of D’Sousa’s next film, “America,” a success at the box office.