Dinesh D'Souza, the conservative author and filmmaker behind the critical documentary
Federal prosecutors charged D'Souza with directing $20,000 in illegal contributions to be made to Republican
D'Souza pleaded not guilty and was released on $500,000 bond Friday. His travel is restricted to the United States.
D'Souza is a former policy advisor to
Many film critics panned "Obama's America" upon its release in August 2012, including The Times' Betsy Sharkey, who wrote that it "promises to demystify the president … but does more to illuminate its filmmaker, Dinesh D'Souza, and his ego instead."
Variety's Joe Leydon was kinder, writing, "While it's highly unlikely that anyone predisposed to championing Obama would be won over by the sound and fury here, there's no gainsaying the value of '2016' as a sort of Cliffs Notes precis of the conservative case against the re-election of our current U.S. president."
In spite of its tepid reviews, "Obama's America" managed to reel in $6.5 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada over its opening weekend in August 2012, edging out