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Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza has been indicted on federal charges of violating campaign finance laws, the the U.S attorney in Manhattan announced on Thursday.

You may remember that in 2012 Dinesh D'Souza released a film called " 2016: Obama's America" based on his 2010 book "The Roots of Obama's Rage". He is a political commentator and a former Reagan policy analyst.

The U.S. Attorney's Office sent out a statement announcing the indictment that accused D'Souza of "making illegal contributions to a United States Senate campaign in the names of others and causing false statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission in connection with those contributions."

According to an indictment made public on Thursday in federal court in Manhattan, D'Souza around August 2012 reimbursed people who he had directed to contribute $20,000 to the candidate's campaign. The candidate was not named in the indictment.

The indictment

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