The Democratic National Committee (DNC) pledged to donate $30,000 of the total $300,000 that disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has donated to the organization over the years.
The DNC pledged last Friday to donate the $30,000 Weinstein contributed during the 2016 election cycle but said nothing of the remaining $270,000 the alleged sexual predator contributed during his almost two decades as a high profile democratic political donor.
Republicans have criticized the DNC both for the size of the giveaway and for the political nature of the organizations the DNC chose to contribute to.
“The DNC’s response to the Harvey Weinstein matter is shockingly bad — even by Washington standards,” said Alexandra Smith, executive director for the Republican opposition firm America Rising told The Hill. “‘Donating’ a mere 10 percent of the entire Weinstein contribution to another left-leaning political action committee is a complete embarrassment.”
The $30,000 donation will be divided between EMILY’S List, a group that backs pro-choice female candidates, Emerge America, which aims to encourage female participation in electoral politics and Higher Heights, a similar organization that focuses on recruiting black women to run for office.
The decision was made “because what we need is more women in power, not men like [President] Trump who continue to show us that they lack respect for more than half of America,” DNC communications director Xochitl Hinojosa explained in a Friday statement to CBS.
“The allegations in the New York Times report are deeply troubling. The Democratic party condemns all forms of sexual harassment and assault,” Hinojosa added.
The RNC was quick to condemn the DNC’s decision to retain roughly 90 percent of Weinstein’s donations, arguing the decision amounted to hypocrisy.
“During three decades’ worth of sexual harassment allegations, Harvey Weinstein lined the pockets of Democrats to the tune of three-quarters of a million dollars,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said in a Friday statement. “If Democrats and the DNC truly stand up for women like they say they do, then returning this dirty money should be a no brainer.”
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