Congressional Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and potential 2020 presidential contender Sen Elizabeth Warren among them, are starting to give charities thousands of dollars in donations they had received from disgraced Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein.
Weinstein and his family have given more than USD 1.4 million in political contributions since the 1992 election cycle, virtually all of it to Democratic lawmakers, candidates and their allies, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
The party's effort to separate itself from the 65-year- old film executive came after The New York Times reported that he settled sexual harassment lawsuits with at least eight women.
Weinstein's contributions are tiny compared to those who donate tens of millions of dollars during a two-year election cycle, easily leaving him out of the top 100 funders, the center's figures show. But he's been a fixture among Democratic supporters and close to party luminaries for decades, making the revelations especially embarrassing for a party that touts itself as pushing progressive policies for women.
The biggest beneficiary of funds from Weinstein and his family was the Democratic National Committee, which received about USD 800,000 in several of its accounts, according to the center, which analyzes political spending.
Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said the party plans to give more than USD 30,000 to Emily's List, Emerge America and Higher Heights. All three groups work to elect women to office. Hinojosa said the amount was for the funds Weinstein himself donated to the party during the 2016 campaign.
Other major beneficiaries of the Weinstein family's largesse included almost USD 200,000 to the party's Senate campaign accounts, USD 23,200 to its House campaign arm senatorial and USD 46,350 to Hillary Clinton, the 2016 presidential candidate, and to HILLPAC, a committee Clinton used to support other Democrats while senator. The figures include contributions attributed to Weinstein, first wife Eve Chilton and current spouse Georgina Chapman.
Weinstein and Chapman also contributed USD 10,000 to President Barack Obama.
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