Clinton Foundation to Keep Harvey Weinstein’s Donation

The Clinton Foundation is not considering the possibility to return as much as 250 thousand dollars it has received from Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who was accused of sexual harassment and rape. The reason is – the money are already spent. As Fox News reports, the move was expected after the tweets from Craig Minassian, the foundation’s spokesman.

“Suggesting @ClintonFdn return funds from our 330,000+ donors ignores the fact that donations have been used to help people around the world,” he wrote on Twitter.

After the allegations about Weinstein were published, Hillary said that she is shocked and appalled. Weinstein gave 46 thousand dollars for her presidential campaign.

“What other people are saying, what my former colleagues are saying, is they’re going to donate it to charity and of course I’ll do that. I give my ten percent of my income to charity every year, this will be part of it. There is no doubt about it,” she said.

Weinstein’s donations totaled between 100,000 and 250,000 dollars, Daily Mail reports. According to a spokesperson for the foundation, his last contribution was three years ago. Reportedly, the money was spent on programs like lowering the cost of HIV medication and supporting women and girls in developing countries.

The Hollywood executive was accused of sexual assault and rape by a number of actresses. That triggered reaction from many politicians. Democrats like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator Al Franken, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Cory Booker said they will donate their Weinstein’s contributions to charities focused on women rights.

Meanwhile, organizations are divided whether to return the money to Weinstein. Rutgers University said it will not return 100,000$ Weinstein gave them to support the school’s Gloria Steinem Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies, but the University of Southern California announced it will return a pledged five million dollars donation from the mogul to fund a program for female filmmakers.

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