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D’Souza Pardon Sends Message Trump Will Protect His Friends Who Attack Our Democracy

May 31, 2018 | Adam Smith

Washington, D.C. — Money-in-politics watchdog Every Voice released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s decision to pardon convicted felon Dinesh D’Souza, who knowingly broke anti-corruption laws by concocting a straw donor scheme in order to exceed contribution limits.

“Donald Trump has sent a message to his friends and cronies that if you break laws to protect him or attack our democracy, he’s got your back. That’s the same message he’s been sending to Vladimir Putin for the last two years,” said David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice. “Contribution limits are a key bulwark against corruption in politics and pardoning the man who knowingly violated them is in direct conflict with his pledge to drain the swamp in Washington.”

“Every day Trump and his administration find a new way to degrade ethics and accountability in government, whether it’s pardoning people who break anti-corruption laws, profiting off the presidency, or attacking any regulation industry donors don’t like,” said Donnelly.