A controversial entertainment professional donated more to the former secretary of state than any other fellow Democratic Party member, official records show.
Federal Election Commission (FEC) data has revealed disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein gifted more money to Hillary Clinton than any other fellow party member.
Filings obtained by Fox News show the convicted rapist contributed $1.4 million toward Clinton’s 2016 presidential candidacy and a further $73,390 since the former first lady separately ran for the New York Senate back in 1999.
The revelation came after Clinton repeatedly defended accepting donations from Weinstein because he gifted money to “every” Democrat’s tilt for the Oval Office including previous President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State John Kerry, and former Vice President Al Gore.
“He contributed to every Democrat’s campaign,” she said at screening of her new film “Hillary” at the Berlin Film Festival on Feb. 26. according to the Daily Caller. “He contributed to Barack Obama’s campaign and John Kerry’s campaign, and Al Gore’s campaign, and everybody’s campaign.”
A Manhattan court found Weinstein, 67, guilty of a criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree on Feb. 24. The jury voted against convicting Weinstein on the charges of rape in the first degree and predatory sexual assault. He is widely reported to face at least five years in jail and a maximum sentence of up to 29 years.
“The jury’s verdict really speaks for itself,” Clinton said according to the publication. “It is obviously something that people have looked at and followed, because it was time for an accounting and the jury clearly found that.”
However, the film producer donated $679,000 for Obama’s re-election campaign that was just half of the amount he gifted Clinton according to the FEC data. He has separately given the Democratic National Committee $305,149 since 1994, and donated a total of more than $2.3 million to the Democratic Party’s campaign fund.
Clinton would not rule out any Democrat continuing to accept donations from controversial donors like Weinstein.
“I do not know whether that should chill anyone else from contributing to political campaigns but it certainly should end the kind of behavior that he was just convicted for,” she said.
She previously refused to give back all of Weinstein’s money and only donated $13,000 to a woman’s organization after public outcry about her accepting funds from the film producer, according to the broadcaster.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)–who also received donations from Weinstein–confirmed they had already transferred that money to the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Violence and other women’s charity groups.