Schumer to donate Harvey Weinstein contributions
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerRed-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Trump's latest win: More Americans are saying, 'I quit!' MORE (D-N.Y.) is joining a growing list of Democrats who are donating their contributions from film producer Harvey Weinstein following allegations of sexual harassment.

"Sen. Schumer is donating all of the contributions to several charities supporting women," said Matt House, a spokesman for the Democratic leader.

Schumer is expected to donate $14,200, the total amount he has received in contributions from Weinstein.

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Democrats are rushing to distance themselves from Weinstein, a prominent Democratic donor, after The New York Times published an exposé Thursday that contained detailed accusations from actresses who had previously worked with the producer.

Republicans immediately seized on the allegations, urging Democrats to return or donate contributions Weinstein has made to them over the decades.

Several Democratic senators have announced that they will give their contributions to charity. 

A spokeswoman for Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandMidterms will show voters are tired of taking back seat to Wall Street McConnell: I won't be intimidated by protesters Dem senator: Kavanaugh would 'turn back the clock' on women's health care MORE (D-N.Y.) told The Washington Post that she would donate $11,800 to RAINN, an anti-sexual assault group.

Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenFranken offers Dems a line of questioning for Kavanaugh's 'weirdly specific bit of bulls---' The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — GOP lawmakers race to find an immigration fix Richard Painter puts out 'dumpster fire' in first campaign ad MORE (D-Minn.) is expected to give donations from Weinstein, including those made to his PAC, to the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, according to the Post.

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A spokesman for Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisMcConnell: I won't be intimidated by protesters Booker seizes on Kavanaugh confirmation fight Seeking asylum does not make illegal entry into America legal MORE (D-Calif.) told The Los Angeles Times that she will donate her contributions to women's charities, but hasn't yet decided on the organizations. NBC News noted that Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies for Putin summit: 'He’s not my enemy’ Booker seizes on Kavanaugh confirmation fight Dem senator: Kavanaugh would 'turn back the clock' on women's health care MORE (D-N.J.) is donating $7,800 to the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

The film producer issued a statement Thursday following the Times report in which he apologized for his behavior and announced he was taking a leave of absence from his company. 

But he's also planning to sue the Times, claiming that the lawsuit is in response to the newspaper's "inability to be honest with me, and their reckless reporting."