NEW YORK (AP) - A conservative scholar and filmmaker has pleaded guilty in New York federal court to making illegal campaign contributions.
Dinesh D'Souza of San Diego entered the plea Tuesday Manhattan.
He admitted getting two close associates to make $10,000 contributions to Wendy Long. She was a candidate who lost the New York Senate race in 2012 to the Democratic incumbent.
A prosecutor says Long was prepared to testify against him.
D'Souza said he knew what he did was wrong and illegal and that he deeply regrets it.
D'Souza made the anti-President Barack Obama documentary "2016: Obama's America."
His plea came the day his trial was to begin. His plea agreement calls for a sentence of 10 to 16 months in prison.
He'll be sentenced on Sept. 23.