Recipients of Weinstein political donations are starting to announce plans to giving away the money under the watchful eye of Republican orgs that demanded the give-back, soon after NYT published its report on Thursday.
The DNC announced it is donating about $30K in Weinstein contributions to various orgs including Emerge America, Emily’s List and Higher Heights. Its communications director called the allegations outlined in the NYT report “deeply troubling” adding, “The Democratic party condemns all forms of sexual harassment and assault. We hope that Republicans will do the same as we mark one year since the release of a tape showing President Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women followed by more than a dozen women who came forward to detail similar experiences of assault and harassment.”
Meanwhile, Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s office said Friday its Weinstein cash will be contributed to the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence. Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy’s campaign said its Weinstein bucks will be given to the Women’s Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation.
New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich’s take will be sent to Community Against Violence in that stats, CNN reports.
Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is donating both contributions to his reelection campaign and to his political action committee, his office reported.
And offices of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker have said they too will donate Weinstein campaign contributions to charity.
DNC’s Republican counterpart had been among the groups calling for Dems to shed Weinstein dollars.
“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,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said in a statement. “If Democrats and [DNC] truly stand up for women like they say they do, then returning this dirty money should be a no brainer.”
“If the Democratic Party purports itself to be the champion of women, they ought to lead by example in returning or donating the donations received from Harvey Weinstein” chimed in conservative America Rising PAC’s Executive Director Alexandra Smith.
Here is the recent tally according to Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan organization that follows campaign contributions, and some totals:
Barack Obama ($71,600)
Hillary Clinton ($38,990.45)
Elizabeth Warren ($5,000)
Chuck Schumer ($5,400)
Kirsten Gillibrand ($5,000)
Al Franken ($25,400)
Cory Booker ($17,800)
Patrick Leahy ($2,700)
Richard Blumenthal ($5,400)
Martin Heinrich ($5,400)
Alison Lundergan Grimes ($5,200)
Sheldon Whitehouse ($1,000)