Blumenthal, DeLauro To Donate Weinstein Contributions After New York Times Exposé

Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Rosa DeLauro are among Democratic politicians donating campaign contributions received from veteran Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein after the New York Times uncovered decades of sexual harassment complaints against the film mogul.

A spokeswoman for Blumenthal said the campaign would write a check for $2,700 — the amount Weinstein gave to Blumenthal’s campaign last year — to the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

DeLauro’s spokesman said the campaign would donate $1,000 to Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven. Weinstein contributed that amount to DeLauro in 1996.

The Times reported at length on a pattern of harassment allegations including Weinstein asking a young Ashley Judd to watch him shower two decades ago and a law and business school student who said during an encounter three years ago Weinstein promised to boost her career if she accepted his sexual advances.

In a statement to The Times Weinstein apologized for his conduct, but his attorney said they disputed some of the claims made in the newspaper’s report.

As his fame accelerated, Weinstein became a reliable Democratic donor. According to records with the Federal Election Commission, beginning in 1993, he contributed to the campaigns of Connecticut Democrats including Blumenthal and DeLauro, former Sens. Chris Dodd and Joe Lieberman, former Reps. Jim Maloney, Sam Gejdenson and Barbara Kennelly and Ned Lamont, the Greenwich businessman who ran against Lieberman in 2006.

Weinstein bought a home in Westport more than two decades ago and recently sold it for $1.65 million. In 2012, he hosted Barack Obama for a fundraiser there, where attendees paid $35,800 a person for an audience with the Democratic president. Guests included Anne Hathaway, Jerry Springer, Aaron Sorkin and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

In addition to Blumenthal, several other Democrats announced late Thursday they would be donating contributions received from Weinstein.

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont will donate $2,700 to the Women’s Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation and Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico is donating $5,400 to Community Against Violence, a nonprofit in his state.

“Women shouldn’t have to face sexual harassment at work,” Heinrich’s campaign said. “Martin is giving Mr. Weinstein’s donation to Community Against Violence.”

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