Producer Harvey Weinstein has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment. The politicians he’s donated to are now using his money for good.
In addition to producing recent films like Wind River and The Founder, Weinstein is known as a significant funder of Democratic politicians and causes, having contributed roughly $1.4 million since the 1992 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. However, in the wake of the New York Times report alleging Weinstein sexually harassed and/or assaulted multiple women who worked for his company since the 1990s, some of the politicians who have received checks from Weinstein have since decided to create value with those donations.
The UK-based Independent reported that at least seven Democrats in the U.S. Senate have pledged money they received from Weinstein to various charities advocating for women’s issues, along with Democratic Party-aligned organizations like the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Emily’s List, and others.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) is pledging $14,200 in donations from Weinstein to women’s charities, according to the Independent. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) is pledging $5,000 to an anti-domestic violence organization in Boston. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), who is thought to be considering a 2020 presidential run, is donating $11,800 she received from Weinstein to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network.
Other Democratic senators who are on the record pledging to contribute their donations from Weinstein to women’s charities include Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), Al Franken (D-Minnesota), Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont). The DNC is also promising to donate more than $30,000 from Weinstein to women running for office.
As of this writing, contributions to Republican politicians from President Donald Trump — who has been accused by at least 15 women of sexual assault — have not yet been donated to women’s charities. This article will be updated should recipients of Trump’s money come forward with pledges.
Scott Alden is a freelance contributor covering national politics, education, and environmental issues. He is a proud Toledo University graduate, and lives in Inkster, Michigan.