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‘2016: Obama’s America’ filmmaker facing arrest on campaign finance charge

The conservative behind the documentary “2016: Obama’s America” is getting a close-up look at President Obama’s rage after being indicted on what friends say is a politically motivated campaign finance violation charge over his support for a Republican Senate candidate.

Dinesh D’Souza is scheduled to be arrested at noon today in New York, according to the Washington Post.

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D’Souza is the author of “The Roots of Obama’s Rage,” which maintains all of Obama’s decisions can be explained through the prism of his father’s anger at the United States and Western Europe in general for its colonial history. The New York Times bestseller became the basis for “Obama’s America,” one of the county’s highest-grossing documentaries.

He is working on a follow-up documentary to that film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Obama’s America” co-producer Gerald Molen told The Hollywood Reporter the Obama administration’s anger at a vocal political opponent is what’s really motivating the federal indictment announced Thursday by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

“In America, we have a long tradition of not doing what is commonly done in too many other countries — criminalizing dissent through the selective enforcement of the law,” Molen said.

Officially, D’Souza is accused of acting as a “straw man,” collecting about $20,000 in contributions for Republican Wendy Long’s doomed campaign against Kirsten Gillibrand for the New York Senate seat once held by Hillary Clinton.

Molen told The Hollywood Reporter that D’Souza was targeted for “an alleged minor violation” the way the IRS targeted conservative groups for heightened scrutiny of tax exempt status.

“In light of the recent events and the way the IRS has been used to stifle dissent, this arrest should send shivers down the spines of all freedom-loving Americans,” Molen told The Hollywood Reporter.

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