Schumer to donate Harvey Weinstein contributions
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Crying on TV doesn't qualify Kimmel to set nation's gun agenda Trump knocks ‘fake’ news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico 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.


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 GillibrandChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Overnight Energy: Dems take on Trump's chemical safety pick Dems lambaste Trump’s ‘outrageous’ EPA chemical safety pick 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 FrankenThe Hill's 12:30 Report The Hill's 12:30 Report John Oliver rips AT&T-Time Warner merger 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 LeahyOvernight Regulation: Massachusetts AG sues Equifax | Trump weighs easing rules on gun exports | EPA nominee to fight worker safety rule in court Trump to ease rules on gun exports: report Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (Vt.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichThe Hill's 12:30 Report New Mexico Gov: GOP health care bill 'still needs some work' Dems ask FEC to create new rules in response to Russian Facebook ads MORE (N.M.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Finance: Lawmakers grill Equifax chief over hack | Wells Fargo CEO defends bank's progress | Trump jokes Puerto Rico threw budget 'out of whack' | Mortgage tax fight tests industry clout Michelle Obama is exactly who the Democrats need to win big in 2020 Wells Fargo chief defends bank's progress in tense Senate hearing 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 HarrisOvernight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open Senate panel approves bill compelling researchers to ‘hack’ DHS Michelle Obama is exactly who the Democrats need to win big in 2020 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 BookerChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Lawmakers target third-party ticket websites Overnight Health Care: Trump unhappy with Price over private jet use | Trump to allow insurance plans to be sold across state lines | Dems want probe into ObamaCare website shutdowns 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."