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Prosecutor: Conservative scholar lied to candidate

Updated Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 | 10:57 a.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor says a Republican U.S. Senate candidate from New York told investigators that a conservative scholar and author lied to her about the source of campaign donations.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Cohen made the disclosure Friday as Dinesh D'Souza (Dih-NEESH' duh-SOO'-zuh) pleaded not guilty to charges that he violated campaign finance laws. D'Souza is the creator of the documentary "2016: Obama's America."

He was released after his Manhattan court appearance on $500,000 bond. His travel is restricted to the United States.

Cohen says D'Souza directed $20,000 in illegal contributions to be made to candidate Wendy Long. She lost to Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-stehn JIHL'-uh-brand) in last year's election.

Defense attorney Benjamin Brafman says there is not much disagreement over what happened, only whether the actions broke laws.