A bombshell report in The New York Times describes serial sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein by dozens of women who have been sexually harassed over the last three decades.
The fallout from the report is just beginning for the Hollywood media mogul. Weinstein is a prominent Democratic donor who has been an integral part of Hillary Clinton's and Barack Obama's inner circle. Weinstein hosted and donated to Hillary's 2016 campaign and did the same for former President Obama.
The Hollywood Reporter details how intricately Weinstein functioned in Democratic Party politics:
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.
He also hosted fundraisers benefiting Barack Obama's re-election 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.
White House reporter Charlie Spiering noted in a tweet how many times Weinstein was welcomed to the Obama White House during his presidency:
First Lady Michelle Obama also once called Weinstein a “wonderful human being,” according to the Washington Free Beacon.
It remains to be seen if a multitude of Democrats who accepted campaign donations from alleged sexual predator Weinstein will be returning them.