Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein donated more money to former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton than any other democratic candidate, despite Clinton’s claim that he contributed to “every democrat.”
Donations from the disgraced film magnate included $ 1.4 million bundled for her failed presidential bid in 2016 and another $ 73,390 in 1999 when she applied for her seat in the New York Senate.
Weinstein was found guilty on Monday of rape in the third degree and a criminal sexual act in the first degree. He is now behind bars for up to 29 years.
The depots of the Federal Election Commission show that he used to donate large funds not only to Clinton, but also to former President Barack Obama, John Kerry and Al Gore during their presidential bids.
In total he donated $ 2.3 million to the party and its candidates.
Hillary Clinton with Harvey Weinstein in 2004. They were friends and he raised money for a number of Democrats, including Clinton, her husband Bill, President Obama and Al Gore
Harvey Weinstein, in the middle left, bundled half as much to President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign as he did to Clinton in 2016. Also depicted are Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York.
Harvey Weinstein, left, also contributed to Al Gore, right, on his failed presidential bid
Clinton justified receiving campaign gifts from Weinstein by saying that he donated to “everyone’s campaign.”
She and her husband Bill had been friends with the producer for years.
On Tuesday she said: “Well, it’s true. He has contributed to the campaign of every Democrat.
“He contributed to the Barack Obama campaign and the John Kerry campaign and the Al Gore campaign and everyone’s campaign.
“I don’t know if that should keep anyone else from contributing to political campaigns, but it should definitely put an end to the kind of behavior for which he has just been convicted.”
How Much Money Have Democrats Received from Harvey Weinstein?
Hillary Clinton: $ 1.4 million for failed presidential bid 2016; $ 73,390 for senate campaign
Barack Obama: $ 72,100 personally collected; $ 679,000 bundled into 2012 re-election campaign
Democratic National Committee: $ 305,149
Senator Cory Booker: $ 17,800
Senator Chuck Schumer: $ 14,200
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: $ 11,500
Senator Patrick Leahy: $ 5,600
Senator Richard Blumenthal: $ 5,400
Previously, she insisted that she knew nothing of his predatory behavior.
‘How could we know that? He raised money for me, for the Obamas, for Democrats in general.
“And that was something that everyone thought was logical at the time.
“And of course, if we had all known what we now know, this would have affected our behavior,” she said.
According to the Federal Election Commission deposits, the money Clinton received was much heavier than the amounts Weinstein had donated to one of the other candidates.
The founder of Miramax had personally raised $ 72,100 for Obama, but only bundled $ 679,000 for his 2012 re-election campaign, half the amount of $ 1.4 million he bundled with Clinton.
According to Center for Responsive Politics, bundling is the act whereby ‘people with friends in high places who, against the limits of personal contributions, turn to those friends, employees and, well, everyone who is willing to give and the to deliver checks to the candidate ‘.
Even the $ 73,390 that Weinstein donated to Clinton’s 1999 Senate Demolition is much higher than the figure pumped into the senate campaigns of other democratic candidates.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who replaced Clinton as a junior senator in New York, received only $ 11,500.
Others guilty of accepting money from the convicted rapist include New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, who received $ 17,800, and New York Senator Chuck Schumer, who received $ 14,200.
He also donated $ 5,400 to Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and $ 5,600 to Patrick Leahy of Vermont.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Harvey Weinstein take part in the TIME 100 Gala in 2014. The convicted rapist contributed $ 11,500 to the junior senator’s campaign in New York
New York Senator Chuck Schumer, pictured left, who received $ 14,200 from shameful producer Harvey Weinstein, pictured right, at a 2014 press conference in New York City
Senators Patrick Leahy and Richard Blumenthal also received donations from Weinstein
The records show that the shamed producer has donated $ 2.3 million to Democratic candidates, including $ 305,149 received by the Democratic National Committee.
Weinstein was brought down for the first time in 2017 by a series of explosive magazine articles. It brought a wave of women to the fore and forced Hollywood players, many of whom had ignored his behavior for years, to confront his behavior.
The candidates he supported also had to look back on the donations he had made to their campaign, many of whom promised to repay the contributions to charities for women.
Speak against Fox news, spokespersons for Schumer and Booker confirmed that they had donated Weinstein’s contribution to a charity for women, as did Blumenthal and Leahy.
Gillibrand announced in 2017 that it is awarding its $ 11,500 Weinstein contribution to RAINN, the country’s largest anti-sexual violence group.
Also in 2017, Clinton said it was impossible to return all donations from Weinstein, but would contribute $ 13,000 to a women’s organization.
A spokesperson for Cory Booker confirmed that his Weinstein contribution went to charity
Hillary commented on Tuesday while promoting her new Hulu documentary
Hillary promoted her new Hulu documentary in Berlin on Tuesday when she was asked for her opinion on the Weinstein trial.
She said it “speaks for itself” and that it was “time for accounting.”
“Well, I think the jury’s judgment really speaks for itself.
‘And it is clearly something that people have looked at and followed because it was time for accounting. And the jury found that clear, “she said.
Weinstein is now in the hospital, where he was taken Monday after the guilty verdict with ‘chest pain and palpitations’ before he could be taken to jail to await the conviction on March 11.
Clinton and Weinstein together in 2012, with his wife Georgina Chapman in the background. Clinton said on Tuesday that he donated to the ‘everyone’ campaign
Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court on 24 February 2020