Two potential Democratic presidential candidates are distancing themselves from Harvey Weinstein in the wake of an explosive New York Times report that the movie mogul serially harassed women.
A spokesman for Cory Booker, the junior senator from New Jersey, said he is donating $7,800 that he received from Weinstein to the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts’ senior senator and a darling of the progressive wing of the party, will donate $5,000 in contributions from Weinstein for her 2012 campaign to charity, a spokeswoman said.
Weinstein, the co-founder of the Weinstein Company, was a force in Democratic politics. He hosted fundraisers for Hillary Clinton’s White House bid and for President Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns.
Warren and Booker aren’t the only prominent Democrats to shun Weinstein’s contributions. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are all rerouting his donations to charity.