Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 1:23 pm
Although she has not responded to the Times’ emails, it was reported by the Detroit News on Tuesday, Oct. 10, that U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow will donate to a charity the donation she previously received from Hollywood movie mogul, Harvey Weinstein.
Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Co. on Sunday, Oct. 8, following last week’s revelations of allegations of sexual harassment by actresses and employees dating back three decades, including eight settlements reached with accusers.
Stabenow, a Democrat and Michigan’s senior senator, received $4,800 total from Weinstein in February 2011, according to campaign finance reports.
Stabenow spokesperson Matt Williams told the Detroit News on Tuesday that Stabenow is still deciding on the charity to which she will give the $4,800.
She is among several Democrats in recent days to say they plan to send Weinstein’s donations to charity.
Weinstein was a high-profile mega donor who contributed more than $780,000 to Democratic lawmakers, party organizations and liberal causes since 1991, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
GOP groups including the Republican National Committee called on Democrats to condemn Weinstein’s actions and return his contributions.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York is donating Weinstein’s $14,200 in contributions to women’s charities. New York Sen. Kristen Gillibrand is giving $11,800 to the anti-sexual-assault group RAINN, according to news reports.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel on CNN on Sunday praised the Democrats who have shifted their Weinstein contributions and called on the Democratic National Committee to follow suit.
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