Serial sexual assaulter Harvey Weinstein has given between of $100,001 to $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation. Will they return that money?
Hillary Clinton told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that she would donate the money Harvey Weinstein contributed to her political campaigns following accusations that Weinstein sexually harassed and assualted women for years, but Clinton did not say whether the Clinton Foundation would be following a similar course of action.
It took five days before Clinton responded to The New York Times‘ reports about Weinstein’s exploits. Clinton’s silence was notable because Weinstein had raised around $1.5 million for Clinton’s various political campaigns over the years.
Clinton’s original statement regarding Weinstein condemned his actions but made no mentions of what she intended to do with the money that she had received from Weinstein, which caused backlash from supporters and Republicans alike.
“What other people are saying, what my former colleagues are saying, is they’re going to donate it to charity, and of course I will do that,” Clinton told Zakaria. “I give 10 percent of my income to charity every year. This will be part of that. There’s no — there’s no doubt about it.”
Some were quick to criticize this move, noting that lumping it into a yearly donation diminishes the act itself:
This is right — HRC says HW $$ will go to 10% she gives to charity every year… shouldn’t it be on top of the 10% in order to mean something? https://t.co/kuInTotZhR
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) October 11, 2017
While, Clinton said she will donate the money that Weinstein gave her campaigns to charity, it’s unclear if the Clinton Foundation will be returning the money it received from Weinstein.
According to the Clinton Foundation’s website, Weinstein “gave in the range of $100,001 to $250,000 through June 2017.”
Clinton left the family foundation in 2015 to run for president. However, during the 2016 presidential campaign considerable controversy surrounded the Clinton Foundation and its donors.
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