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Famous Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is facing dozens of sexual harassment allegations after a bombshell expose in The New York Times revealed a 30-year history of alleged serial sexual deviancy toward women who worked with and for him.

The allegations will be troubling for many in the Democratic establishment who have received campaign funds and assistance from the Democratic Party activist. The Hollywood Reporter details just how intricate Weinstein was to the Clinton and Obama campaigns:

Weinstein was a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton's recent presidential run and donated to her political campaigns about 10 times between 1999 and 2016, according to a review of campaign finance records.

Weinstein's donations to Clinton over the years total more than $20,000 and span from her successful campaign for U.S. Senate in New York in 2000 to her unsuccessful presidential campaigns of 2007 and 2016. He also donated to her husband's presidential campaigns in the 1990's.

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Weinstein threw a fundraiser for Clinton in June 2016 at his home in Manhattan, co-hosted by several A-list actors. He also reportedly attended several other fundraisers for Clinton in New York City during the campaign. Hollywood, generally, was firmly behind Clinton's campaign, so Weinstein was not alone in his support for the former secretary of state.

He also hosted fundraisers benefiting Barack Obama's reelection campaign in 2012 and donated several times to his campaign in 2011 and 2012. Weinstein was considered a “bundler” for Obama's campaign, as he raised $679,275 for it.

Obama's daughter, Malia Obama, also recently interned for Harvey Weinstein's company in New York during a break before college.

Weinstein was often a guest in the Obama White House. During one particular event in 2011, Weinstein spoke at a workshop for high school students about careers in film production at the White House, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images

To open the workshop, Michelle Obama called Weinstein a “wonderful human being” and a “good friend” and a “powerhouse.”

I want to start by thanking Harvey Weinstein for organizing this amazing day. Harvey. This is possible because of Harvey. He is a wonderful human being, a good friend and just a powerhouse. And the fact that he and his team took the time to make this happen for all of you should say something not about me or about this place, but about you.

These words today should make any self-respecting feminist cringe.

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