Federal Election Fee filings present the disgraced film mogul bundled $1.four million for Clinton throughout her presidential bid in 2016 and handed her one other $73,390 courting again to her 1999 New York Senate seat run.
On Tuesday, the previous first girl defended her long relationship with the intercourse creep, shortly deflecting scrutiny from reporters by noting that Weinstein additionally raised funds for Barack Obama, John Kerry and Al Gore throughout their presidential bids.
“He contributed to every Democrat’s campaign,” Clinton mentioned at screening of her new film “Hillary” on the Berlin Movie Competition on Tuesday, sooner or later after Weinstein, 67, was discovered responsible 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.
“He contributed to every Democrat’s campaign. He contributed to Barack Obama’s campaign, and John Kerry’s campaign and Al Gore’s campaign and everybody’s campaign.”
The Miramax founder raised $72,100 for Obama however solely bundled $679,000 for his 2012 reelection bid — half of what he raised for Clinton, the FEC information exhibits.
Based on the Middle 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 beneficiant donor additionally made five-figure contributions to Democrat lawmakers resembling Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, who changed Clinton because 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 Nationwide Committee additionally obtained $305,149 from Weinstein courting again to 1994. In whole, the disgraced film producer contributed greater than $2.three million to Democrat coffers.
Dealing with enormous blowback after sexual assault allegations emerged towards Weinstein in 2017, Democrats vowed to repay the contributions to women’s charities.
Spokespersons for Schumer and Booker on Wednesday confirmed that they had repaid their Weinstein contributions to girls’s charities, Booker selecting to provide his to the New Jersey Coalition Towards Sexual Violence.
In 2017, Gillibrand introduced she was giving the $11,500 she accepted from Weinstein to RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual-violence group.
Blumenthal and Leahy additionally repaid the money to girls’s charities, their spokespeople mentioned. The DNC dedicated to donating $30,000 to political motion teams together with pro-choice Emily’s Record.
In an interview with CNN in 2017, Clinton mentioned it wasn’t doable to provide again all the cash Weinstein donated however would as a substitute contribute $13,000 to a girl’s group.
Spokespeople for John Kerry and Barack Obama couldn’t be reached for touch upon Wednesday.
In current days, Weinstein’s ties to billionaire presidential wannabe Mike Bloomberg have additionally been thrust into the highlight — the convicted rapist recording a robocall endorsing Bloomberg throughout his 2005 mayoral bid.
A Bloomberg spokesman downplayed the connection, saying Weinstein for recognized for elevating “tens of millions of dollars for 9/11 responders” years earlier than “the truth” about his predatory habits was recognized.