Before his fall from grace, Harvey Weinstein has long been known to use his money and influence in support of democrats. But do you know which democrat took more money in campaign contributions from the now-convicted rapist than any other? None other than Hillary Rodham Clinton!
That’s right, Hillary Clinton raked-in more cash from the convicted sex-offender than any other politician, despite brushing off his donations by claiming he gave money to “every” Democrat.
Federal Election Commission filings show that the disgraced movie mogul bundled $1.4 million for Clinton during her presidential bid in 2016 and handed her another $73,390 dating back to her 1999 New York Senate seat run.
Earlier this week, the former first lady defended her long relationship with the creepy pervert, quickly deflecting scrutiny from reporters by noting that Weinstein also raised funds for Barack Obama, John Kerry, and Al Gore during their presidential bids.
“He contributed to every Democrat’s campaign,” Clinton said at screening of her new film “Hillary” at the Berlin Film Festival on Tuesday, Feb. 25, one day after Weinstein, 67, was found guilty on rape charges.
“He contributed to Barack Obama’s campaign, and John Kerry’s campaign and Al Gore’s campaign and everybody’s campaign,” Clinton added.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, “bundlers” are “people with friends in high places who, after bumping against personal contribution limits, turn to those friends, associates, and, well, anyone who’s willing to give, and deliver the checks to the candidate.”
The now-jailed sex offender also made five-figure contributions to Democrat lawmakers such as Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, who replaced Clinton as the junior senator for New York, and Chuck Schumer, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Patrick Leahy of Vermont.
Facing huge blowback after sexual assault allegations emerged against Weinstein in 2017, Democrats vowed to repay the contributions to women’s charities.
Spokespersons for Schumer and Booker on Wednesday confirmed they had repaid their Weinstein contributions to women’s charities, Booker choosing to give his to the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Violence.
In 2017, Gillibrand announced she was giving the $11,500 she accepted from Weinstein to RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual-violence group.
However, Clinton said it wasn’t possible to give back all of the money Weinstein donated but would instead contribute $13,000 to a woman’s organization – a far cry from the almost one and a half million dollars she took from the rapist.