UPDATE (6:00pm): The West Virginia Republican Party has cancelled an event with controversial author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza that was scheduled four days before he’s sentenced on a federal crime.
Here’s a statement from WV GOP Party Chairman Conrad Lucas, with more information available here:
“Dinesh D’Souza’s conservative message is a tremendous and timeless one on the past glories of our nation and what we must do to preserve it for the sake of freedom worldwide,” said West Virginia Republican Chair Conrad Lucas. “I was honored to see him speak in college at Vanderbilt. He is a true champion of the conservative cause in America.”
We regret to announce that we have cancelled the previously scheduled event for September 19.
D’Souza is the creator of popular documentary “2016: Obama’s America” and a New York Times best selling author. He also pleaded guilty to charges related to “straw donors,” or giving $20,000 to others so they can donate that money to political campaigns, according to court filings and many media reports.
The practice is illegal, and he faces up to 16 months in prison. D’Souza is set for sentencing in New York federal court four days after the West Virginia GOP event, according to federal court filings.
State GOP party chairman Conrad Lucas called him a “warrior for more than 20 years for conservative values” in a press release announcing D’Souza’s visit.
“”He is a brilliant academic, but his popular books and film making show his unique ability to make the news of the day digestible and powerful to voters and citizens nationwide. We are proud to bring him to West Virginia at such an important time in our state’s Republican turn to Red,” Lucas said in the statement.
He didn’t mention D’Souza’s imminent sentencing, and didn’t immediately return a message requesting comment.
In June D’Souza told the Daily Caller going to prison is “something that I have to cope with.”
“It’s certainly not an inevitability. It is in the hands of a judge who will make a decision about that at the end of September. I did something foolish and wrong, which is to say I exceeded the campaign finance limit and I take responsibility for that,” he told the online publication.
D’Souza will keynote a dinner and private reception at the Charleston Marriott, according to the announcement Tickets to the dinner start at $75 per person.
This is a developing story. Check www.dailymailwv.com for more information as it becomes available.