Dem lawmakers to give Weinstein donations to charity

Dem lawmakers to give Weinstein donations to charity
© Greg Nash

Several Democrats have announced they will donate thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Harvey Weinstein to charity following a slew of sexual harassment allegations against the Hollywood film producer.

Sens. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahySenate Dems protest vote on controversial court pick Budget chairs press appropriators on veterans spending Kavanaugh paper chase heats up MORE (D.Vt.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichCNN congressional correspondent talks about her early love of trolls and family Overnight Energy: DNC to reject fossil fuel donations | Regulators see no security risk in coal plant closures | Senate committee rejects Trump EPA, Interior budgets Energy commission sees no national security risk from coal plant closures MORE (D-N.M.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOn The Money: Trump 'ready' for tariffs on all 0B in Chinese goods | Trump digs in on Fed criticism | Lawmakers drop plans to challenge Trump ZTE deal On The Money: Trump rips Fed over rate hikes | Dems fume as consumer agency pick refuses to discuss border policy | Senate panel clears Trump IRS nominee Dems fume as Trump's consumer bureau pick refuses to discuss role in border policy MORE (D-Mass.) said they would give to charity the amount of money equal to that of Weinstein's donations, The New York Times reports.

Leahy is expected to donate $5,600, Blumenthal and Heinrich will donate $5,400 and Warren will donate $5,000. Leahy is expected to donate his campaign contributions to the Change the Story Initiative for the Vermont Women's Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation.


Other Democratic lawmakers are expected to follow suit in light of The New York Times report on sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein. 

Weinstein has publicly and financially supported various Democratic lawmakers and causes over the years. 

He held a fundraiser at his New York City home in 2016 for former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and endowed a faculty chair at Rutgers University in feminist icon Gloria Steinem's name. 

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