Portman gives Wynn donation to charities

Portman gives Wynn donation to charities
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Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenate passes bipartisan bill to curb opioid crisis Overnight Health Care: Opioid legislation passes overwhelmingly | DOJ backs Cigna-Express Scripts merger | Senate passes ban on pharmacy gag clauses This week: Allegations inject uncertainty into Kavanaugh nomination MORE (R-Ohio) has donated contributions he received from casino mogul Steve Wynn to charities in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against Wynn.

Portman donated the money to multiple charities in Ohio that combat human trafficking, spokeswoman Emily Benavides said in a statement to The Hill.

The Associated Press first reported Portman’s donation.

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Wynn stepped down as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee following allegations he sexually harassed employees at his properties.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Sunday that Republicans who have accepted donations from Wynn should return them.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPelosi calls on Ryan to bring long-term Violence Against Women Act to floor Juan Williams: America warms up to socialism Jordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker MORE (R-Wis.) said Sunday he would donate funds he received from an organization linked to Wynn.

The Wall Street Journal reported late last week that Wynn reached a $7.5 million settlement with a manicurist who worked at his Wynn Las Vegas property who said he forced her to have sex with him. Multiple other women reported instances of sexual misconduct by Wynn.

Wynn denied the allegations in a statement to the newspaper. 

Wynn has donated to numerous political organizations and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, including Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and former Sen. Harry Reid. (D-Nev.).

Wynn has also made small donations to former Vice President Joe Biden and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton