Schumer to donate Harvey Weinstein contributions
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerAmerica isn't ready to let Sessions off his leash Schumer celebrates New York Giants firing head coach: ‘About time’ GOP should reject the left's pessimism and the deficit trigger 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 GillibrandDemocrats turn on Al Franken Report: Franken will resign Thursday Minnesota's largest newspaper calls on Franken to resign 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 FrankenDemocrats turn on Al Franken Schumer called, met with Franken and told him to resign Overnight Finance: Trump says shutdown 'could happen' | Ryan, conservatives inch closer to spending deal | Senate approves motion to go to tax conference | Ryan promises 'entitlement reform' in 2018 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.

Democratic Sens. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyAvalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign America isn't ready to let Sessions off his leash Your tax dollars fund Afghan child rape MORE (Vt.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichAvalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Senators introduce bipartisan gun background check bill Dem senator: 'Super close' on bipartisan deal on guns MORE (N.M.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Regulation: Net neutrality supporters predict tough court battle | Watchdog to investigate EPA chief's meeting with industry group | Ex-Volkswagen exec gets 7 years for emissions cheating Overnight Tech: Net neutrality supporters predict tough court fight | Warren backs bid to block AT&T, Time Warner merger | NC county refuses to pay ransom to hackers Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE (Mass.) have also said they would give to charity the amount of money equal to that of Weinstein's donations.

A spokesman for Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDemocrats turn on Al Franken Minnesota's largest newspaper calls on Franken to resign Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday 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 BookerGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Dems put hold on McFarland nomination over contradictory testimony: report Corker: McFarland's nomination 'frozen' over contradictions in her testimony 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."