Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who was exposed Thursday as having paid settlements on sexual harassment charges to eight different women, is a huge donor to Democratic candidates.
An exclusive report Thursday evening listed donations totaling over $700,000 which Weinstein has given to presidential and senatorial campaigns since the early 2000s, based on federal election filings.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that Weinstein owns a home next door to the $50,000-a-week vacation home Bill and Hillary Clinton have previously rented, and he has hosted many exclusive fundraiser events for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, attended by many celebrities.
Weinstein chipped in $5,000 to former President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, and gave another $66,000 to Obama’s victory fund. He also reportedly bundled over $600,000 for Obama’s reelection campaign, and visited the White House 13 times during Obama’s presidency.
He has donated at least $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation, another $30,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund, and gave the maximum $5,400 allowed to Clinton’s presidential campaign, the Free Beacon reported.
Additionally, Weinstein has donated over $100,000 to the Democratic National Committee, and “tens of thousands” of dollars to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Another $10,000 was given last year to the Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest civil rights organization advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality.
Democratic senators who have benefited directly from Weinstein’s generous donations include:
- $14,200 – Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
- $ 7,800 – Cory Booker (D-NJ)
- $11,800 – Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
- $ 6,600 – Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
- $ 5,400 – Sidney Blumenthal (D-Conn.)
- $10,000 – Al Franken (D-Minn.)
- $ 5,000 – Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
- $ 1,000 – Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
- $ 1,000 – Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
- $ 5,400 – Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
In total, Weinstein has given at least $769,532 to Democratic candidates and the DNC, the GOP reported.
Another report stated that Weinstein has given over $1.4 million total since 1990 to federal candidates, parties and PACs.
Following news of the sexual harassment charges, the Republican National Committee (RNC) released a statement Thursday, challenging Democrats to return donations they had received from Weinstein, if they are really serious about standing up for women like they say they are.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said in the statement, “During three-decades worth of sexual harassment allegations, Harvey Weinstein lined the pockets of Democrats to the tune of three-quarters of a million dollars. If Democrats and the DNC [Democratic National Committee] truly stand up for women like they say they do, then returning this dirty money should be a no brainer.”
A few Democrat senators are giving up the dirty cash.
Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), who is up for reelection in 2018, announced Thursday that he has passed his $5,400 gift on to the Community Against Violence, a nonprofit organization in New Mexico which operates a hotline for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Likewise, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said he is giving his $5,400 donation to the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence organization.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said he would donate $2,700 to the Women’s Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation.
Some Hill Democrats have given back their dirty Weinstein cash, but the DNC is still holding onto its $246,000… pic.twitter.com/fpLD7eouL1
— GOP (@GOP) October 6, 2017
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