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Thursday, 12 October 2017 17:06

From Steve Bannon to Hillary Clinton, Everything to Know About Harvey Weinstein’s Influential Political Ties

Written by  Tierney McAfee

Before Harvey Weinstein‘s career was upended by allegations of sexual assault from a number of women, the film mogul’s influence extended beyond Hollywood — and into politics.

The movie mogul — who is now spending time in an Arizona luxury resort after numerous accusations from high-profile women including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Kate Beckinsale — donated nearly $1 million in his own name to Democratic politicians over the past 17 years, according to Business Insider.

Notable among the group are former President Barack Obama, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Chuck Schumer, Al Franken, Cory Booker, and Kirsten Gillibrand — all of whom have spoken out against Weinstein’s alleged actions. Clinton and several senators have also said they will donate Weinstein’s campaign contributions to charity.

Though Weinstein has donated virtually exclusively to Democrats, he also has ties to a central figure in President Donald Trump‘s administration: former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

It turns out Bannon — whose far-right website Breitbart News has blasted Democratic politicians in recent days for accepting donations from Weinstein — also profited from ties to Weinstein, according to the Associated Press.

Bannon, the former chairman of a company called Genius Products, which distributed DVDs and home videos, partnered in 2005 with The Weinstein Company, led by Harvey Weinstein and his brother, Bob.

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