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 LeahyShutdown would affect 800K federal workers, Senate Dems say Oval Office clash ups chances of shutdown Senators dumbfounded by Trump vow to shut down government MORE (D.Vt.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichManchin’s likely senior role on key energy panel rankles progressives Senate panel advances Trump’s energy nominee despite Dem objections Dems wonder if Sherrod Brown could be their magic man MORE (D-N.M.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The 2020 Democratic nomination will run through the heart of black America Gillibrand says she's worried about top options in Dem 2020 poll being white men 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.