Clinton Foundation keeping Harvey Weinstein's donations

Unlike other recipients, Clinton Foundation will not return money donated by disgraced Hollywood ex-producer Harvey Weinstein.

Tzvi Lev ,

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

The Clinton Foundation has announced that it will not return $250,000 it received from now-disgraced ex-Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the Daily Mail reported.

A slew of politicians had said they would return money donated by Weinstein after the New York Times uncovered his history of sexually molesting women, including prominent actresses Ashley Judd and Angelina Jolie. However, the Clinton Foundation decided it would not be returning the money because it has already used it for charitable causes.

“Suggesting Clinton Foundation return funds from our 330,000+ donors ignores the fact that donations have been used to help people across the world," tweeted foundation spokesperson Craig Minassian.

Last week, Hillary Clinton joined Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator Al Franken, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Senator Cory Booker in announcing that she would return all the money she had received from Weinstein, who was a major bundler for Clinton. Weinstein had personally organized many events for Clinton's 2016 campaign and had given her $35,000.

"What other people are saying, what my former colleagues are saying, is they're going to donate it to charity, and of course I will do that," she said. "I give 10% of my income to charity every year, this will be part of that. There's no – there's no doubt about it."

The move to return money associated with Weinstein hasn't been limited to politicians-the University of Southern California promised to return a $5 million endowment it had received from him, telling the Hollywood Reporter last week that "The USC School of Cinematic Arts will not proceed with Mr. Weinstein’s pledge to fund a $5M endowment for women filmmakers".