"That Money's Already Been Spent" - Clinton Foundation Won't Return $250,000 Weinstein Donation

After the Clinton Foundation’s chief spokesman suggested as much in a tweet on Saturday, the Clinton Foundation has confirmed that it will not be returning a $250,000 donation from disgraced Hollywood studio chief Harvey Weinstein, Fox news reported.

The foundation said Sunday that donations, ranging from $100,000 to $250,000, have already been spent on projects.

On Friday, Hillary Clinton said during an interview Friday with the UK’s Channel Four that her campaign has yet to rreturn Weinstein's campaign contributions. After issuing a statement denouncing her one-time friend issued five days after the scandal broke, Clinton promised during an interview with CNN that she personally would donate to charity an amount equal to Weinstein's contributions over the course of her political career.

She blamed the delay on the complexities of withdrawing money from a campaign account, and reiterated that the money would be turned over soon. Weinstein was also a prominent Democratic fundraiser who hosted fundraising events for Clinton and former President Barack Obama.

The move to keep the money was expected following tweets from the foundation’s spokesman Craig Minassian.

“Suggesting @ClintonFdn return funds from our 330,000+ donors ignores the fact that donations have been used to help people across the world,” Minassian wrote on Twitter.

A Clinton Foundation spokesman told the Daily Mail that Weinstein's money was used to fund programs to help lower the cost of HIV medication and supporting women and girls in developing countries. Weinstein's most recent donation was made in 2014.

In an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria on Thursday Clinton said she was "sick" and "shocked" when she found out about the sexual assault allegations against Weinstein, which were first revealed in a bombshell report by The New York Times and then further reported in a detailed report by The New Yorker and subsequent reports in the Times. Since then, more than 30 women have publicly accused Weinstein of harassment, assault or groping.

"I was appalled. It was something that was just intolerable in every way," she said. "And, you know, like so many people who've come forward and spoken out, this was a different side of a person who I and many others had known in the past."

When asked about Weinstein’s campaign donations, she told CNN that it wasn't possible to give the money back but that she would donate an equivalent amount to charity.

"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 on CNN. "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."

A Clinton aide later told CNN that Clinton would donate $13,000 to a women's organization, but refused to provide a name. The donation will cover Weinstein's contributions to her 2000 Senate primary race, the 2006 Senate primary and general election, the 2007 presidential primary and the 2015 and 2016 presidential primary and general election, the aide said.

Dozens Democratic Party politicians – including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Sen. Sen. Al Franken, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Cory Booker – have pledged to donate their Weinstein’s contributions to charities focused on women’s rights.

But will Clinton - who has repeatedly insisted that she was unaware of Weinstein's predatory behavior despite considering him a friend - cough up an additional $250,000 to cover Weinstein’s donations to the Clinton Foundation? That remains to be seen.

Comments

knukles MagicHandPuppet Mon, 10/16/2017 - 20:14 Permalink

See Larry.  This is what happens.  This is what happens Larry when you fuck a child up the ass.This is what happens when a PONZI terminates.  They can't return money because no new money's coming in the door.Criminal organization.PS  Everybody need to quit bitching about her. She got Trump elected.  She likely would have beaten any of the other "establishment" R'sSo I say, let's band together to get her to run in 2020Hillary/whoeverthefuck 2020

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Akzed booboo Mon, 10/16/2017 - 21:18 Permalink

"A Clinton Foundation spokesman told the Daily Mail that Weinstein's money was used to fund programs to help lower the cost of HIV medication and supporting women and girls in developing countries."So anyone stupid enough to argue that the money be returned wants more AIDS and doesn't want to help women and girls. That's all that's designed to mean.This money could be returned but for money being the only thing in the universe that isn't fungible.

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Tarzan nmewn Mon, 10/16/2017 - 20:28 Permalink

They're broke!  Her book is doing terrible, and the foundation funds dried up with her LOSS.  I'm sure Bill's past will really help matters, now that the "shocking" behavior of their Hollywood sugar daddy has been front page news for a FREAKING WEEK!  Perfect timing, while trying sorry terribly hard to remain relevant, and skate around Bill's past and her treatment of his accusers.It's infuriating that these privileged brats actually believe they're so special, they deserve a pass for sexual harassment, rape, and even pedophilia, while the average Joe would be locked up immediately, and branded a sexual predator for the rest of their life.  But what, in my opinion, is worse, is the way the Press has completely shown their asses on this issue.  Watching these rats feign ignorance in front of cameras, and The Press refusing to push back, refusing to point out they had to have known, ITS NOT A SECRET, and it's never been a secret, is pathetic! Everyone in Hollywood knew, except their closest friends, come on?  Both the Politicians, and the press knew damn well this shit was going on all along, and worse!  It puts a glaring light on the depth of corruption in this Country, that the most powerful among us are the most heinous among us.It's been obvious to many, the free press died some years ago, but this week has removed all doubt.  Free thought will be the next casualty, with a "press" who openly admits their job is to control what you think.

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the artist land_of_the_few Mon, 10/16/2017 - 20:51 Permalink

Isnt "shiv" a prison yard term???I am trying to put myself in the mind of the ghostwriter for her book...trying to think of a synonym for 'double-crossed' that wont be mis-understood in terms of some sort of collusion that might be operating behind the scene. 'double cross', nah...'betray', nah...'schlong', nope, already a meme...I got it, 'shiv'...In other words, I am a high ranking gang member and another gang member put a hit on me using a lower ranking member to do the dirty work. Perfect!

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chubbar Giant Meteor Mon, 10/16/2017 - 19:15 Permalink

The last analysis I've read says that the foundation spends about 5% on actual charities, the rest is administrative, travel and general expenses. In fact, the foundation is a scam and there is ample evidence of such but the relevant controlling agencies won't do anything to shut it down because of politics. The clintons are unfucking real. Probably the greediest clan of people alive today.

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MisterMousePotato Everybodys All… Mon, 10/16/2017 - 21:26 Permalink

"Thinks?"I would bet my life - even give odds - that less than 5% of college students know the meaning of the word fungible.The American people ARE stupid.But that's really not the problem. I don't believe that there are many, if any, problems that really are beyond the ken of the electorate.Well, if they're not too stupid, then what? Perhaps they are ignorant?Well, again, the American people are shockingly ignorant about just about everything, it seems to me (except for something called Kardashianass, which I've not had time to research, and so I can't tell you what that is).But that, too, is not THE problem. The problem (per Will Rogers' formulation of the adage) is:"The trouble with most people is not that they don’t know much, but that they know so much that isn’t true."Happenstance? The human condition?Remember that the head of the CIA, Willaim Casey, did not say, "We will know we have done our job when the American people know nothing." He said, "We will know we have done our job when everything the American people know is false."

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Dilluminati Mon, 10/16/2017 - 19:04 Permalink

This women is psychotic, you would think money from a rapist would be unwanted.  Hillary the psychotic cunt is still head of the Clintion Crime family.  She said she doesn't blame me in her interview for being a miserable cunt and losing the election, that's good, I feel even better now calling her a ridiculous cunt.