Tina Nguyen
April 23rd, 2014

In response to Dinesh D’Souza‘s accusations that he was unfairly investigated for campaign fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan categorically denied that the pundit had been selectively targeted due to his criticism of Barack Obama, calling his claims “entirely without merit” in a recent court filing.

D’Souza currently stands accused of using acquaintances to donate money to Wendy Long, a long-time friend challenging Kristin Gillibrand‘s Senate seat, with the understanding that they’d be reimbursed in the future. While he’s been making the rounds on the the talk show circuit, claiming that he’s a victim of political persecution, the office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharat said that they began investigating D’Souza after a routine review of Long’s political donations.

Though D’Souza’s lawyer claims that he simply made a mistake, the prosecution has two pieces of damning evidence, according to the New York Times. First, they pointed out that D’Souza was well aware of contribution limits, having tried to donate $10,000 (twice the legal limit for an individual donation) to the campaign in March of 2012:

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