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Democrats Under Pressure to Return Campaign Contributions from Harvey Weinstein

At least three Democrats have already said they will donate money they received from Weinstein to charitable causes.


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Democratic politicians who have received campaign contributions from Harvey Weinstein are being called upon to return the money after the New York Times published an exhaustive storyThursday detailing decades of sexual harassment allegations against the Hollywood super-producer.

The Times reported Thursday that Weinstein — whose films including Pulp FictionShakespeare in Love, and Good Will Hunting have racked up numerous Academy Awards —had reached financial settlements with eight women over sexual harassment allegations, including with actress Rose McGowan.
At least three Democrats have already said they will donate money they received from Weinstein to charitable causes.
A representative for Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said in an email Friday that Blumenthal would donate his contribution from Weinstein to the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence. Weinstein contributed $5,400 to Blumenthal in October of last year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Meanwhile, the campaign manager for Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) told CNN that the $5,600 Leahy received from Weinstein in campaign contributions would be donated to the Women’s Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation, while a representative for Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) told the outlet his $5,400 contribution would be donated to the non-profit Community Against Violence in New Mexico.
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Senator Hillary Clinton and Miramax boss Harvey Weinstein arrive at the Brooklyn Museum for the premiere of Miramax Films “Finding Neverland” October 25, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

Miramax Film co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, left, watches as actor Ben Affleck, center, peers around U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Thursday, June 27, 2002, in New York, to glance at Brooklyn’s Red Hook Container Terminal, where Affleck and Schumer called on President Bush to support nuclear security legislation being introduced into Congress. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

In addition to his hundreds of production credits over a decades-long career in the movie business, Weinstein was a significant contributor to the Democratic National Committee and individual Democratic politicians, including former President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. In June of last year, Weinstein hosted a $33,000-per-plate fundraiser for Clinton at his New York City home that drew celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Matthew Broderick.
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