Democrats are facing a dilemma as they decide whether or not to return money they raised with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
At least two Democratic 2020 hopefuls, California Sen. Kamala Harris and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have held high-dollar fundraisers with Schneiderman. Schneiderman resigned from AG on Monday after four women accused him of being physically and emotionally abusive to them. (RELATED: NY AG Schneiderman Resigns After Abuse Allegations Surface)
In September 2011, Schneiderman hosted a fundraiser for then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris, even receiving a $5,000 check from Donald Trump.
That same year, in October, Schneiderman and George Soros hosted a fundraiser for Warren’s Senate campaign. Suggested contributions ranged from $1000 to $5000.
“New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has emerged as a skeptic of a proposed settlement between the states and big banks, will be introducing Warren at the event at the home of former candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Dennis Mehiel, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side,” Politico reported at the time.
Warren’s GOP challenger for her Senate seat, John Kingston, is already calling on her to return the money fundraised with the help of Schneiderman.
“Sen. Warren must immediately do the right thing and return, or donate to an appropriate non-profit, all the donations raised for her campaign by Eric Schneiderman,” Kingston said. “Condemning harassment and abuse cannot be a partisan issue and Warren should immediately condemn Schneiderman, return the campaign cash raised by him and call on her fellow Democrats to do the same.”
“If Sen. Warren hesitates or refuses to return her contributions raised by Schneiderman, it will underscore her long-established pattern of putting her political self-interest before what is right,” he added.