Weinstein Gave More Cash to Hillary Clinton than Any Other Democrat, Filings Show
Hillary previously claimed convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein gave money to 'every' Dem
Hillary Clinton has taken a staggering amount of cash from convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein, who bundled more big-money donations to the twice-failed presidential candidate than any other Democrat.
According to Federal Election Commission filings, disgraced Hollywood mogul Weinstein funneled a whopping $1.4 million to Clinton during her 2016 presidential bid.
The liberal movie producer also handed Hillary another $73,390 for her 1999 New York Senate seat run.
Clinton has previously tried brushing off Weinstein's donations by claiming he gave money to “every” Democrat.
Following Weinstein's conviction on Monday for two counts of rape, the former first lady attempted to defend her long relationship with the sexual predator.
On Tuesday, Hillary moved to quickly deflect scrutiny from reporters by noting that Weinstein also plowed money into Barack Obama, John Kerry, and Al Gore during their presidential bids.
“He contributed to every Democrat’s campaign,” Clinton said at the screening of her new film “Hillary” at the Berlin Film Festival on Tuesday - 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.
The Miramax founder raised $72,100 for Obama but only bundled $679,000 for his 2012 reelection bid — half of what he raised for Clinton, the FEC data shows.
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 generous donor 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.
Booker pocketed $17,800, Schumer $14,200, Gillibrand $11,000, Leahy $5,600 and Blumenthal $5,400.
The Democratic National Committee also received $305,149 from Weinstein dating back to 1994.
In total, the disgraced movie producer contributed more than $2.3 million to Democrat coffers.
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.
Blumenthal and Leahy also repaid the cash to women’s charities, their spokespeople said.
The DNC committed to donating $30,000 to political action groups including pro-choice Emily’s List.
In an interview with CNN in 2017, 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.
Spokespeople for John Kerry and Barack Obama could not be reached for comment.
In recent days, Weinstein’s ties to billionaire presidential wannabe Mike Bloomberg have also been thrust into the spotlight — the convicted rapist recording a robocall endorsing Bloomberg during his 2005 mayoral bid.
A Bloomberg spokesman downplayed the relationship, saying Weinstein for known for raising “tens of millions of dollars for 9/11 responders” years before “the truth” about his predatory behavior was known.