Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has given the three biggest names in Democratic politics more than $US75,000 directly since the mid-1990s.
Weinstein contributed $US3,000 to former President Bill Clinton’s reelection campaign in 2000, more than $US26,000 to campaigns or political action committees backing 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton since 2000, and more than $US45,000 to campaigns or PACs backing former President Barack Obama in his two bids for the presidency.
On Thursday, The New York Times reported on Weinstein’s decades of alleged sexual misconduct. The Times reported that Weinstein pressured younger women into giving him massages and asked them to watch him bathe, among other harassment. Weinstein was later terminated from the movie production company bearing his name, The Weinstein Company.
Democrats quickly began facing pressure to return their donations from Weinstein. Already, a large number of prominent Democrats have, donating the equivalent in contributions from Weinstein to charity.
But both Clintons and Obama have not yet made any comment related to the Weinstein revelations. During a roughly 90-minute speech Monday night, Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, did not address the controversy.
In total, both Clintons received a combined $US29,832 from Weinstein. Obama was the beneficiary of $US45,800 in Weinstein donations, according to the Federal Election Commission.
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