Clinton Foundation Won't Return $250,000 From Harvey Weinstein

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October 16, 2017

The Clinton Foundation will not return or re-donate any of the $250,000 it received from disgraced film producer and Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein, saying the funds have been spent already.

Democratic Party organizations have similarly been under pressure to return or donate money they received from Weinstein over the years. Some have donated the funds to organizations that work to combat sexual violence agains women, for example, but some have donated the money to Democratic Party-aligned groups.

Weinstein gave over $35,000 to Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, and leading up to 2014, gave between $100,000 to $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

The Clinton Foundation has also been pressured to rid itself of Weinstein's money, but they have said that the money was already spent on projects, the Daily Mail reports. The organization claims the Weinstein money was spent on supporting women and girls around the world, as well as on lowering the cost of HIV medication.

Some Democrats believe all donations from Weinstein should be re-donated. Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) has said he believes anyone who received political contributions from Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein should re-donate the money to organizations that fight sexual assault.

On Saturday, Chelsea Clinton avoided a reporter who asked about Weinstein's donations as she went into a Clinton Global Initiative event in Boston.

Weinstein has been accused of sexually harassing and raping women in Hollywood over the course many years, and while his behavior was described as an "open secret," it continued unabated for decades.