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PolitiFact: D’Souza, O’Donnell FEC violations were different

  • Rosie O’Donnell speaks at a rally calling for resistance to President Donald Trump in February 2017 in front of the White House. AP file



PolitiFact staff
Friday, June 08, 2018

In an interview on Tuesday, Ted Cruz said, “Rosie O’Donnell apparently committed the same offense five times, five times, when she broke the identical law that Dinesh (D’Souza) was prosecuted for.”

Our ruling

Cruz said, “Rosie O’Donnell apparently committed the same offense five times, five times, when she broke the identical law that Dinesh was prosecuted for.”

Both D’Souza and O’Donnell violated campaign contribution limits, which is a criminal offense. Those cases are subject to prosecution if determined to be willful. D’Souza’s violation was considered willful. He violated another law by using straw donors to donate $20,000 over the legal limit to one Senate candidate. O’Donnell surpassed the limit by a quarter of that money in donating to five different campaigns under her own name.

We rate this statement False.

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