I needed a good laugh this morning, and as usual NewsMax didn’t let me down:

Gerald Molen, the producer of Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary film “2016: Obama’s America,” says he never feared his government before he learned that D’Souza is under federal investigation for election fraud.

According to an indictment made public Thursday, D’Souza is accused of contributing $20,000 to a political campaign in 2012, even though the legal limit is $5,000. D’Souza allegedly promised to reimburse others if they would contribute to a candidate widely believed to be Wendy Long of New York. Long, a Republican, ran unsuccessfully against Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand in 2012 for New York’s U.S. Senate seat.

D’Souza’s lawyer has said his client “at worst” was guilty of an act of misguided friendship.

Some, including Molen, believe the indictment is political payback for D’Souza’s film, which was critical of President Barack Obama. Among other things, it raised questions about whether Obama had embraced the anti-colonial philosophy of his father and said his future actions could be predicted based on that philosophy.

“I’m a little bit taken aback by the whole thing because he’s such a great American,” Molen said of D’Souza on Newmax TV’s “Steve Malzberg Show.” The conservative writer and commentator understands the process in America and how it works, Molen said.

So let’s get this straight: Wendy Long benefitted from simultaneous maximum contributions from D’Souza, his wife and his mistress, which is, to put it very mildly, a red flag to both campaign finance regulators and prosecutors. If it turns out he did indeed promise the two women reimbursement, that’s a blatant violation of the law, regardless of D’Souza’s “misguided friendship” motive. Hell, every violation of campaign finance laws probably results from “misguided friendship” (or perhaps a relationship better described in more intimate terms) between the donor and the candidate. That’s not some sort of plenary justification in the eyes of the law, and when you go this far out of the way to draw attention to yourself, it’s hardly appropriate to cry “victim.” If this is a witch-hunt, D’Souza sure did dress for the part, complete with pointy hat and cauldron.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.