IT BEGINS: Leading Democrats Donate Harvey Weinstein’s Financial Contributions — Hillary Silent!
The distancing of Democrats from Harvey Weinstein has officially begun. According to ABC News’ Ali Rogan, a spokesperson for Senator Cory Booker says the 2020 hopeful is donating $7800 from the embattled Hollywood producer to New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault. More Democrats have followed suit, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Spox: @CoryBooker donating the $7800 received from Weinstein to the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault, a nonprofit charity org
— Ali Rogin (@AliABCNews) October 6, 2017
The Boston Herald reports:
Two potential Democratic presidential candidates are distancing themselves from Harvey Weinstein in the wake of an explosive New York Times report that the movie mogul serially harassed women.
A spokesman for Cory Booker, the junior senator from New Jersey, said he is donating $7,800 that he received from Weinstein to the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts’ senior senator and a darling of the progressive wing of the party, will donate $5,000 in contributions from Weinstein for her 2012 campaign to charity, a spokeswoman said.
Weinstein, the co-founder of the Weinstein Company, was a force in Democratic politics. He hosted fundraisers for Hillary Clinton’sWhite House bid and for President Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns.
Warren and Booker aren’t the only prominent Democrats to shun Weinstein’s contributions. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are all rerouting his donations to charity.
Weinstein is the subject of a devastating expose detailing decades of sexual harassment. Weinstein is one of Hillary Clinton’s biggest donors, having raised mega bucks for the failed Democratic presidential candidate.
Weinstein threw a fundraiser for Clinton back in June.
Hillary has yet to disavow Weinstein or return his financial contributions.
Page Six reports
Weinstein and his designer wife, Georgina Chapman, are planning a dinner and conversation with Clinton at their Manhattan home to benefit the Hillary Victory Fund.
We’re told the event will be for around 50. Weinstein has hosted fundraisers at his townhouse, as well as his home in Connecticut, for President Obama in 2011, ’12 and ’13.
How much did the fundraiser net for Clinton? $1.8 million.
Something in the neighborhood of $1.8 million was raised at Harvey Weinstein’s star-packed fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in New York City Monday night, sources tell Deadline. The event for 50 or so Clinton supporters at Weinstein’s Manhattan home drew some major Hollywood names, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Candice Bergen, Bethenny Frankel and designers Vera Wang and Tory Burch.
In the following month, Weinstein threw a concert for Clinton at the St. James Theatre.
Hosted by Billy Crystal, the Oct. 17 evening at the St. James Theatre will include performances and appearances by Julia Roberts, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hugh Jackman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Emily Blunt, Angela Bassett, Neil Patrick Harris, Helen Mirren and more.
Broadway is bulking up for Hillary Clinton.
Stephen Schwartz, Harvey Weinstein, Jordan Roth, Richie Jackson and Anna Wintour are producing a star-studded fundraiser concert in support of the Democratic presidential candidate. The show will be livestreamed on Clinton’s website as well as her campaign’s YouTube and Facebook pages
Here’s Weinstein on MSNBC telling Morning Joe why he’s supporting Hillary Clinton for president on April 19th.
Back in 2014, Weinstein defended Clinton against her handling of Benghazi, calling it “complete bullshit.”
Weinstein, who has become close to the Obamas, also defended Hillary Clinton, saying it is “complete bullshit” for some conservatives to blame her for the Benghazi embassy attack. (At the same time, he added he is on friendly terms with Fox News chief Roger Ailes.)
Mr. Weinstein has also donated at least $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation, reports the Washington Times.
As The Hollywood Reporter says, the news puts the Clintons and Obamas in a “tough spot.”
Weinstein was a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton’s recent presidential run, and donated to her political campaigns about 10 times between 1999 and 2016, according to a review of campaign finance records.
Weinstein’s donations to Clinton over the years total more than $20,000, and span from her successful campaign for U.S. Senate in New York in 2000 to her unsuccessful presidential campaigns of 2007 and 2016. He also donated to her husband’s presidential campaigns in the 1990’s.
More broadly, Weinstein has donated generously to Democratic political candidates, national party campaign committees and state Democratic Party operations over the last few decades. Last year, he also gave $10,000 to a political action committee associated with the advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.
In a shocking report set to rock Hollywood, the New York Times released devastating details of sexual harassment accusations against liberal Hollywood producer and mega Democrat donor Harvey Weinstein. According to the report, Weinstein has settled a whopping eight times over such allegations.
New York Times reports:
Two decades ago, the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein invited Ashley Judd to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for what the young actress expected to be a business breakfast meeting. Instead, he had her sent up to his room, where he appeared in a bathrobe and asked if he could give her a massage or she could watch him shower, she recalled in an interview.
In 2014, Mr. Weinstein invited Emily Nestor, who had worked just one day as a temporary employee, to the same hotel and made another offer: If she accepted his sexual advances, he would boost her career, according to accounts she provided to colleagues who sent them to Weinstein Company executives. The following year, once again at the Peninsula, a female assistant said Mr. Weinstein badgered her into giving him a massage while he was naked, leaving her “crying and very distraught,” wrote a colleague, Lauren O’Connor, in a searing memo asserting sexual harassment and other misconduct by their boss.
An investigation by The New York Times found previously undisclosed allegations against Mr. Weinstein stretching over nearly three decades, documented through interviews with current and former employees and film industry workers, as well as legal records, emails and internal documents from the businesses he has run, Miramax and the Weinstein Company.
During that time, after being confronted with allegations including sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact, Mr. Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women, according to two company officials speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Weinstein responded to the devastating report says, ““I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.”
“I am a 28 year old woman trying to make a living and a career. Harvey Weinstein is a 64 year old, world famous man and this is his company. The balance of power is me: 0, Harvey Weinstein: 10. — From Lauren O’Connor‘s memo”
O’Connor was a female assistance at the Weinstein Company.
Click here to read the complete report.