Monday, October 09, 2017

Cory Booker says he'll give donations from Harvey Weinstein to charity

Sen. Cory Booker's office said that the $7,800 he received in campaign contributions from movie producer Harvey Weinstein will be donated to a nonprofit group fighting sexual violence after The New York Times published allegations Weinstein harassed multiple women.

Booker's donation will go to the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault, his office said. The coalition represents rape crisis centers in each of the state's 21 counties, and advocates for legislation centered on rape survivors.

Weinstein gave Booker three contributions of $2,600 each in October 2013, just days before he was elected to fill the unexpired term of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg. As of June 30, Booker's campaign account had more than $2 million accumulated for his next election, in 2020.

The $7,800 Booker received was part of a $10,000 contribution he made to Booker Senate Victory, a joint committee between the Senate campaign and the New Jersey Democratic State Committee. The NJDSC got the other $2,200, and will be giving that away as well, said spokesman Matt Farrauto.

Other democrats such as NY Gov. Cuomo and Sens. Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Sen. Patrick Leahy,are also getting rid of contributions from Weinstein.


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