(Reuters) Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was sentenced on Tuesday to spend eight months in a community confinement center during five years of probation after pleading guilty to a campaign finance law violation.

The defendant, a frequent critic of President Barack Obama, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan. He was also given a $30,000 fine and ordered to do one day of community service a week during his probation.

D’Souza, 53, admitted in May to illegally reimbursing two ‘straw donors’ who donated $10,000 each to the unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate campaign in New York of Wendy Long, a Republican he had known since attending Dartmouth College in the early 1980s.

“It was a crazy idea, it was a bad idea,” D’Souza told Berman before being sentenced. “I regret breaking the law.”

Prosecutors had sought a 10-to 16-month prison sentence, rejecting defense arguments that D’Souza was “ashamed and contrite” about his crime and deserved probation with community service.

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  • Go Dinesh, Go!

  • cwazycajun

    go to jail dinesh go!!

  • Dodie Peterson

    I don’t think the punishment was out of line for the crime committed. More good will come from the weekly community service than would come out of putting the guy in prison. I think we put too many white collar criminals in prison instead of having them make restitution.

  • Philli

    Finally, news of someone getting arrested for something like this! There are so many crooks out there buying out our democracy and just getting away with it.