- RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel says the party won’t be returning Steve Wynn’s money just yet.
- She told Fox News that the RNC would return the donations if Wynn were “found guilty” of any wrongdoing.
- Wynn, who served as RNC finance chair before resigning this past weekend, has donated about $US450,000 to the committee, Federal Election Commission records showed.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Fox News on Tuesday that the party would not yet be returning donations from casino magnate Steve Wynn, who has been accused of sexual misconduct.
Saying that “unlike Harvey Weinstein and Al Franken and others,” Wynn has “denied these allegations,” McDaniel said the RNC would return the donations if Wynn is “found guilty” of any wrongdoing.
“There is an investigation that is going to take place,” she said. “He should be allowed due process. If he is found guilty of any wrongdoing, we will absolutely return 100% of the money.”
Wynn, who served as RNC finance chair before resigning this weekend, has donated roughly $US450,000 to the committee, Federal Election Commission records showed.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, Wynn was accused of regularly intimidating casino employees into performing sex acts. In one instance, the report said, Wynn paid a $US7.5 million settlement to a manicurist who accused him of forcing her to have sex with him in 2005. The 75-year-old has denied all of the allegations, calling them “preposterous.”
The allegations are now the focus of an internal investigation by the Wynn Resorts board.
Late last year, McDaniel was singing a different tune after it was revealed that Weinstein, a movie mogul, had engaged in a years-long pattern of sexual misconduct and committed sexual assaults.
At the time, McDaniel was aggressively pressing Democrats to return their donations from the major contributor, many of whom did, donating the equivalent amounts of money to charity. McDaniel said she applauded the Democrats who did so.
The Democratic National Committee itself returned a fraction of the more than $US300,000 it had received from Weinstein over the years.
“The difference is Harvey Weinstein is a major bundler for the DNC,” she told CNN. “They have embraced him. He has admitted to these instances where he put these women in completely inappropriate situations. And we’re just saying to the Democrat Party, ‘Give his money back. If you really stand for what you say you do, give his money back.'”
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